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Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Quote of the week
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have"
- Cayla Mills
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Breast Cancer, Inbound Marketing, Timol…
They say that one in every 20 women in Southern Africa will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
In this week’s NGO-Pulse the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) urges women to take action to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Professor Suzanne Delport, breastfeeding activist and Medical Director of SABR writes “Many women understand the basics of breast cancer prevention, for example getting enough exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating properly, however few realise that breastfeeding your child for at least a year significantly lowers the chance of contracting breast cancer later in life.”
Clinical studies have proven that producing breast milk tends to inhibit cells from “misbehaving” and becoming cancerous and that breastfeeding also reduces the chances of your child developing childhood cancers. A recent study found that babies who were breastfed for at least six months appeared to have a 19% lower risk of childhood leukaemia compared to children who were never breastfed or were breastfed for a shorter period.
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When social media was on the rise to becoming a force in billions of people’s lives, savvy nonprofit organisations were quick to realise its potential benefits, and there are many of them today that use it as well, if not better than some corporations. Social media literally offer unending opportunities for a typically resource-strapped NPO to make its mission known and promote its purpose; report news of its activities and tell its stories; share its expertise and educate; fund-raise and campaign; attract and retain donors, volunteers, champions and other supporters – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing avenues.
Greg Viljoen, founder of cause marketing agency Bigger Than Me states that for inbound marketing to work well, it needs certain steps in place that once implemented properly can provide NPOs with a huge advantage compared to traditional marketing. He further articulates that NPOs are inherently rich in stories that touch others; and to be moved is what most people on social media want and appreciate.
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In a courtroom filled with activists, members of the South African Communist Party and the Khulumani Support Group, among others, Judge Motlhe disagreed with the finding of apartheid magistrate, JL de Villiers, in which he found that Timol committed suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of the John Voster Square, now Central Johannesburg Police Station. The Judge found that Timol was either pushed from the 10th floor or the roof top.
Dr Marjorie Jobson, director of the Khulumani Support Group, a membership-based non-governmental organisation of more than 100 000 victims and survivors of Apartheid-related gross human rights violations in South Africa, commended the Timol family for contributing to the re-opening of the inquest.
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