Artistes team up for cancer patient

HARARE - Music stars Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Cynthia Mare, Blessing “Bled” Chimanga and Caroleen “Masa Caroleen” Masawi have teamed up to raise funds for Women’s University in Africa student Tapiwa Sachiti who has been diagnosed with a rare bone cancer.

The three music stars will perform at the Tapiwa Sachiti Fund-raising Concert to be held at the Zimbabwe Germany Society (ZGS) on Saturday.

The concert dubbed “The Bigsmile Project,” being held with the support of the Italian Embassy, will also feature award-winning poet Batsirai Chigama and  the talented Anti-Gravity Dance Crew.

In a statement released by The Bigsmile Project, the concert seeks to raise

$42 950 to help the 23-year-old second-year psychology student travel to an Indian hospital for surgery.

“In October 2015, Tapiwa was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as Benin Osteoblastoma — a bone-tumour cancer that infiltrates into the bone marrow.

“Her local doctors then suggested that she travels to India to have surgery done there, however, Tapiwa is facing financial challenges as she is required to raise $42 950 to travel to the Indian hospital for the surgery. The amount will cover air fares, medical bills (surgery, chemotherapy sessions, accommodation and her up-keep in India before, during and after the surgery as she recovers,” read part of the statement.

The statement added that Tapiwa has to undergo urgent surgery as the cancer is spreading rapidly.

“Tapiwa is appealing for any financial assistance that she can get, as this will go a long way in raising the required amount. ”


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