5 Things you can do to Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Feel good by Doing Good this October!

Healthy woman illustration design with pink ribbon hair for breast cancer awareness support campaign. EPS10 vector file.

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, we at OPTIPHI® would like to celebrate the amazing things that people can do to help others. If you are wondering what you and your company can do this October to contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is a list of exciting activities:


  1. Join Cuppa for Cancer

To mark Mandela Day OPTIPHI® joined forces with Mrs SA Finalist 2015, Anéle Jansen Van Rensburg’s Cuppa for Cancer held on Saturday 18 July. All proceeds from the event went to CANSA. Why not sponsor a Cuppa for Cancer event?

  1. Volunteer at your Local Hospice

Many affected by cancer have no friends or family to visit them. They would appreciate the company and maybe even a hand with some household chores or shopping. Why not brighten someone’s day by sparing some of your time?

  1. Donate your Hair for a Wig

Hair loss is a common side-effect of chemotherapy. CANSA makes and distributes over 2 000 wigs via wig banks each year – of those, 200 are donated to cancer survivors under the age of 18. Contact your closest CANSA Care Centre to find out how to donate your ponytail.

  1. Take a Table at Pink Drive’s Pink Mardi Bra Dinner

Enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour with Pink Drive. With the promise of helping you to forget about the year’s mayhem for a night while helping a good cause, why not book a table?

  1. Spar Women’s Race

The SPAR Women’s Races began in 1992 as a way to get women of all ages, shapes and sizes together to enjoy a safe 5km or 10km run and enjoy the day. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they run regularly or are just starting out. Enter a team, enjoy a fun filled day out and support some good causes.

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Meet Comrades Marathon record breaker Caroline Wöstmann

OPTIPHI® salutes Super Woman

women's feet at the start of the race. concept, sunset

Caroline Wöstmann proved that records are made to be broken when she won the 2015 Comrades Marathon for women with a time of 06:12:22. The second woman in was her training partner Charné Bosman, who finished in 06:33:24.


Making South Africa proud

Caroline and Charné, both hailing from Pretoria, are the first South African women to come in first and second since 1992. Beating famous Russian twins, Oelysa and Elena Nurgalieva, who finished third and fourth, with Elena just ahead of her twin sister Olesya, Elena has won the race eight times since 2003 and is the record holder for the up-race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, which was run this year. Last year, Caroline came in 6th and was the first South African woman to cross the finishing line. OPTIPHI® would like to congratulate the RSA runners for all of the extra effort that they have put into their training within the last year.


Making history

With the 2015 Comrades in the bag, Caroline became only the fifth athlete in history to win South Africa’s two most famous ultra-marathons, the Comrades and the Two Oceans, in the same year. She was also the first South African woman to win the Two Oceans since 2001.


How it all began

32-year-old Caroline Wöstmann, an accounting lecturer from Pretoria, started running on her own six years ago to lose weight after the birth of her daughter. In 2013, she was spotted by talent scouts when she finished her third Comrades in only 7 hours and 16 minutes. The Nedbank Professional Team and the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria then took Caroline under their wing to help her reach her full potential.


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