The Soccer Divas Club, Mombasa in partnership with Gertrude Hospital, Kings Premium water and Mombasa Lenses will host a charity football tournament for women and girls on 15th October 2016 in a bid to create Cancer awareness.
The tournament is set to kick off at 8am to 1pm at the Arena Nyali in honor of the breast cancer awareness month during which various activities are held to create awareness of the disease. Cancer is the 3rd highest cause of morbidity in Kenya after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases and Breast Cancer is among the leading Cancers.
The initiative has so far attracted over 10 teams including CBO ladies, Kazadani women, Creative Divas, Mombasa ladies, Pad a dada, MTG, Rotaract Girls, Super Ladies FC, Kings Premium Ladies and Soccer Divas.
The fixture between Soccer Divas verses MTG, Kilifi staff is tipped to be the most exciting as the two teams met way back in March in Kilifi, a game that ended all square.
Besides the tournament, the players and public will be given free breast cancer checkups by medical doctors from Gertrude hospital.
The Soccer divas club which is over a year now has been passionate about women issues and among them has been breast cancer. Last year, they played a match and took part in Breast Cancer fashion show. The group is made of women from diverse career and business backgrounds. Most of the women have not played football before and are using the platform to keep fit, network and to advocate for issues affecting women and youth.
The Captain Mariam Mpaata, encourages women and older girls to come and spend the day at the event. “In as much as we are constantly being told that most of the diseases in this era are caused by bad choices in our life style, most women and youth continue to live a reckless life style. For example children are still fed on a lot of junk food in the name of love and appreciate. It is a pathetic and a very scary trend. But is it not too late to change, let us embrace exercise routines, eat well, and get regular checkups.”