Fight Against Cancer

Key Facts

Cancer is a number one killer disease in Africa. Statistics show that next to cervical cancer, breast cancer is the second killer amongst women. It is for this reason Barclays through its Local Women in Leadership Programme team took up the challenge to join in the fight against cancer and partnered with Breakthrough Cancer Trust.

BCT, a support group born out of a need to provide after care support to vulnerable women suffering from breast and cervical cancer also proactively carries out sensitisation sessions to educate women on the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

The LWLP team in 2010 embarked on a number of activities to partner with BCT in the fight against cancer. They renovated B21, a cancer ward at the University teaching Hospital in Lusaka.
They also organised funds to buy a Toyota Land cruiser with assistance from various partners like Toyota Zambia, Airtel, Armaguard, Bank of Zambia, Celsoft, G4S,Grant Thornton, Mweemba Chashi &Partners, Musa Dudhia & Company, National Milling, New Horizon Printing, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Robert & Partners, Steward & Paisley, Tembo Ngulube & Partners and Zambian Breweries.
In this initiative, they requested colleagues and companies to buy a part of a car where each person bought a ticket worth K30,000. Each K30,000 eventually bought the whole car.

The gesture earned the L WLP team the Team Achievement of the Year award for Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean at the annual Barclays 2011 Chairman?s Awards held in London.