Unitrade Management Services Raise Funds & Awareness for CANSA
The inaugural Unitrade Management Services (UMS) ‘Charity Women’s Day Breast Cancer Awareness Event’, which was held on 7 August 2015, saw ladies dressed in pink golf shirts getting together for a most worthy cause and proving that ‘sisters’ really can do it for themselves!
The ‘Shades of Pink’ themed event, which took place at Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel in Johannesburg, was arranged and put together by a UMS ‘ladies-only’ committee (ok, we admit, with a little help from the UMS men!) The aim of the event was to raise funds for CANSA Western Gauteng, while giving UMS lady staff members and participating lady suppliers a wonderful and memorable 2015 Women’s Day, which included positive messages about healthy living, as well as living with and overcoming cancer.
UMS and its suppliers raised a staggering R300 000 for CANSA, which, says Lucy Balona, Head of Marketing and Communication for CANSA, is the biggest amount ever donated to the Gauteng regional branch of CANSA.
The day started at 8:30am with coffee and breakfast, while pink shirts and bandannas were handed out to all the players. Once the inevitable change-room giggles had subsided, the serious business of 4-ball putt-putt began. The stakes were high with fabulous prizes on offer and the competition hotted up as the ladies got to grips with the rules of the game and putt-putt balls that had a life of their own. The results were carefully audited (men, take note!) and although the competition was pretty fierce, there was also much hilarity as the game progressed.
The 9-hole course broke for a light lunch at around 12 noon and afterwards, once all players had completed the course, everyone congregated in the well-appointed Auctioneers Room at Gold Reef City for prize-giving, a Gala Dinner and of course the handover of the R300 000 cheque to CANSA representatives Amanda Roestoff, Isabel Gomes, Sharon Britz and Martie Botha.
Sharon touched all hearts with her personal story of overcoming breast cancer, while Unitrade’s Promise Mantome, who was MC for the afternoon, had everyone laughing out loud with her irreverent comments.
Things really heated up when Guest of Honour, the gorgeous Mr South Africa Armand du Plessis arrived and mingled with the ladies, while everyone received generous hampers filled with all sorts of lovely gifts sponsored by the participating suppliers. Judging from the feedback both during and after the event, a fantastic time was had by all.
Armand later tweeted a photo, saying “Women’s Month is in full swing and I was very fortunate to have shared my morning with 100 very special women. #MrSA.”
“We so appreciate the generous donation from Unitrade Management Services towards our CANSA Women’s Health Campaign. With this gift, we can continue to educate and highlight the importance of screening and early detection for breast cancer,” says Lucy Balona, Head of Marketing & Communication for CANSA. “We know that early detection is important to help with more effective treatment and a better chance of recovering from cancer. Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women of all races and ethnicities. We offer screening at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide, as well as through nine Mobile Health Units that travel to remote areas throughout South Africa. These units reach people who otherwise would not have access to screening.”
Unitrade Management Services and its members have a strong tradition of giving back to the communities they serve. UMS is a voluntary trading organisation operating in the independent wholesale / retail space, with over 200 member stores in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland. Unitrade’s trading brands are Powertrade, Food Town and Best Buy and its members – the big independent wholesale and retail outlets – offer mainly lower income consumers a great shopping experience, competitive pricing and outstanding customer service.
The past 12 months have seen UMS and its members giving back to their communities through a multitude of worthwhile initiatives, including charity golf days, school projects, feeding schemes for homeless people, basic skills training for disadvantaged young adults, blanket drives for the homeless, sponsorship of community sports events and teams, food and other donations for nursery schools and many more.
The UMS Charity Women’s Day Breast Cancer Awareness Organising Committee would like to thank everyone who made this event possible. “Without all our partners, we would not have achieved such an excellent outcome,” says Adele Wright, General Manager, UMS Academy. “We would like to thank each and every company and individual who contributed.”