Zimbabwe Cricket Fights Childhood Cancer

Sunday 17 December will forever stand as one of the biggest days in the childhood cancer awareness programmes ever
carried out by KidzCan Zimbabwe. The match Zimbabwe vs Ireland was dedicated to KidzCan. This was preceded by a
tour of the Rainbow Children’s Village (RCV) by the National Team, the Chevrons, where the masterstroke announcement to the
effect that Zimbabwe Cricket has officially adopted KidzCan as their charity of choice was made.

Director of cricket Hamilton Masakadza who also brought the national team players led by Sikandar Raza made the announcement. “We are looking forward to giving much to KidzCan Zimbabwe in support of children suffering from cancer.
KidzCan Executive Director Daniel Mckenzie appreciated the kind gesture, “Today is an amazing day and it is going to be one of the most memorable days in my life and in the life of childhood cancer where Zimbabwe Cricket has come through to be part of our family, in our journey by adopting us to be the charity of choice. It means they will help us raise awareness not only in Zimbabwe, not only in the region but globally because if children are detected early with cancer no child should die,” said Mckenzie.

Speaking at the match Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Givemore Makoni said his organisation was going to do more for childhood cancer. “This is only the beginning of what we, as an organisation are going to do to fight childhood cancer and promote early detection and treatment,” said Makoni. KidzCan also brought eight survivors to watch the match. “When we say survivors, these are children who were diagnosed with cancer and they went through the chemotherapy treatment to eradicate cancer from their body. And, they have been free of cancer for the last three years, most of them. So in a way, they have been declared cancer-free.” Said Charity Kawadza, the nurse and Health Coordinator with KidzCan.

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