Around the World
Since it began in 2005, the Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer has mobilized more than 1.7 million people worldwide and raised more than $14 million for the breast cancer cause.
Avon Walk Around the World events are held each year in more than 50 countries. The events are linked by the Global Connection Ribbon, a powerful symbol of a shared determination to turn every diagnosis into a story of survival. A special ceremony featuring the passing of the Connection Ribbon from one breast cancer survivor to another is a highlight of each Walk.
The need for continued awareness and funding for the breast cancer cause remains great. While advances have been made, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide.
Spotlight on: South Africa 2012
Nearly 16,000 joined the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade by participating in the Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon at Marks Park in Johannesburg on Oct. 21, 2012. The goal of the event, which was attended by many of the country's well known TV and radio personalities, was to significantly increase awareness of breast cancer in South Africa. Research indicates that breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women in South Africa. It also suggests that early detection could reduce the number of deaths caused by breast cancer by approximately 30%.
A donation was made to NGO partners Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group, Breast Health Foundation and the Look Good…Feel Better organization, which helps women undergoing active cancer treatment in a practical and empowering way. The Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon is the largest breast cancer walk in South Africa.