The annual Cancer Association of Namibia Hats & Roses ladies event scheduled for the first Saturday of October in Windhoek, followed by a second production in Swakopmund, is cancelled.

CAN CEO, Mr Rolf Hansen, confirmed the cancelation of the annual gala events due to Covid-19 regulations currently in place.

The loss of income for the organisation due to this cancellation is estimated at N$550 000.

Funds raised by the two events is used to sustain the nationwide cervical and breast cancer screening programmes of CAN.  

“We finalised the productions in March, with both Namibian and South African artists lined up, but given the current national protocols remaining in place that prevent events exceeding 50 persons, the 2020 event is called off.”

Alexander Forbes Insurance remains committed to the cause even though the event had to be cancelled and made a generous donation of N$70 000 towards CAN’s women’s health community clinics.

“As a responsible corporate citizen that believes in women’s health, we remain committed to the association and its cause,” said Mrs Erika Reissner, Marketing Manager for Alexander Forbes.

Hats & Roses welcomes between 500 to 800 ladies for an annual “morning of pink hope and celebration of life” in October.

Aimed at creating awareness and raising the needed funds to fight breast and cervical cancer in Namibia, the event has been presented for close to two decades.

The Living Hope Online Musical Extravaganza will replace the Hats & Roses event this year, with a free 20-minute online show that will be broadcasted on CAN’s social media pages.

Namibians can all be part of the event this year by clicking on www.facebook.com/CANamibia at 11:00 on Saturday, 3 October 2020.