The human papilloma virus (HPV) causes, amongst other things, cervical cancer. By vaccinating young sexually active women against HPV the risks of contracting cervical cancer, anal cancer and oral cancer (as well as genital warts) are considerably lowered. The vaccine is expensive and South Africa has no publicly funded HPV vaccine programme, despite the fact that HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in adults.
Dance for a Cure is an annual fundraising benefit billed as a “spectacle of dance, voice and music” held in Women’s month, mindful of the hope that a life-saving vaccine can deliver. Leading local and international dancers, singers and musicians come together on stage to raise funds for cervical and oral cancer prevention, and to celebrate government’s endorsement of, although not payment for, the vaccine against HPV.
In 2013 featured artists include multi-awarding winning ballet artists Yolandi Olckers and Thoriso Magongwa, electric violinist Cait Lin, Sibongile Mngoma, Marcus Desando, Forte, Gloria Bosman and renowned Polefitness champion, Tracey Simmonds. Amongst the international acts we find Andrew Black, a tap dancer from New York who will be accompanied by some of SA’s top tapping ladies. All the artists are performing free of charge.
The event will include champagne and chocolate.
Dance for a Cure ispresented by Revelation – Dance for a Cure, a non-profit organisation which helps to supply vaccines to disadvantaged young people. Since 2008 it has raised more than R2million towards immunisation. Dance for a Cure will be at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on 16 and 17 August. Tickets at R180 through Computicket with block booking discounts.