Two weeks after openly giving his support for Pink for Africa, a non-profit organization that raises awareness on breast cancer in Africa, movie icon Van Vicker gave the real reason behind his support.
“Breast cancer kills one out of eight affected women. This statistics might be higher in Africa, and the education of early detection only helps to prevent and eventually save a life. I believe my voice added to that of the organization will help reach more people by way of education; and hopefully, that will generate more sympathizers, which is a key,” he said.
He added that giving support to the organization has nothing to do with what other stars do or are doing, adding that he is not expecting them to jump on this bandwagon because of him.
“I participate in an activity because I have it at heart and I want to believe we all have different interests. What we engage in is a resonance of what we believe in. It would be encouraging though to have as many on board because I think this is a good campaign to reach more people, especially women, to raise awareness since breast cancer is killing our people,” the award winning actor said.
“My inspiration for the movement is simple. The most recent lady to die of breast cancer could have been my mother, my sister, my spouse or my daughter. If there is anything to help elevate us from such tragedy, I’m all for it.
“I listened and watched what the organization is currently doing in Ghana and I aligned myself with them. I would wish to see them reach out to Liberia in the same capacity.”
Van Vicker described as “an incredible job” the organization’s work having reached over five schools and over 1,000 young girls, adding “please donate to help save a life.”
Pink for Africa was founded by breast cancer survivor Juliette Mills-Lutterodt. Her survivor story has become a strong influence and support for many African women battling cancer.
Launched in 2013, the organization has managed to provide for hundreds of cancer patients, including breast cancer awareness campaigns through the media, seminars in schools and collaboration with other women’s groups.