Joppie Fourie’s Ten Million Steps for Cancer brings him to the Bay

Joppie Fourie has been on the road nearly every day since leaving his home on the sixth of August last year, pushing a modified hospital bed weighing up to 115kg around South Africa to raise awareness and raise funds for cancer patients, after losing his own daughter to the disease.

This week his travels have brought him to Port Elizabeth, where he will be visiting hospitals and schools, as well as a number of functions around the Bay, to raise awareness.

Fourie, who hails from Oudshoorn, will have covered over 5 100 kilometres and would have stopped at  113 towns by the time his year long trip comes to an end, in his Ten Million Steps for Cancer campaign.

Fourie’s 17 year old daughter, Marlené, was born on 9 August 1991 and passed away on 5 July 2009 after suffering from a very aggressive and extremely painful type of bone cancer, known as Ewing sarcoma. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue. The most common areas in which it occurs are the pelvis, the femur, the humerus, the ribs and clavicle.

Fourie says that the sole mission of his Ten Million Steps for Cancer is “to inspire cancer patients, create and promote awareness for the suffering brought about by cancer and to raise funds for various needs regarding cancer.”

Just before he left Oudshoorn, Fourie shaved his head and beard in solidarity with cancer patients and has vowed not to shave again until he returns home.

Having walked the length and breadth of South Africa, the now full bearded Fourie has brought his message of hope to thousands of cancer patients, inspired by his own daughter’s words, ““The darkest hour in life only lasts 60 minutes.”

The route that Joppie Fourie is walking as part of the Ten million steps for Cancer project in memory of his daughter.

“By doing the Ten Million Steps for Cancer I wish to share and demonstrate the tough road that those who are suffering from cancer are on daily. This project is my passion and lies very close to my heart. I know from experience what people and their families go through when a person suffers from cancer and would love to make a difference to all of them,” he said.

If you wish to contribute to Fourie’s initiative, the banking details are:

Banking details:

Donations to trust: Bank: ABSA  Beneficiary:  Ten Million steps for cancer Trust Account number: 9264551428

Donations- running cost of project: ABSA Benificiary: Ten million steps for cancer Account number : 9259933348

Swift code (for overseas donors): ABSAJJ

Alternatively, you can make a small donation of R1,50 by simply SMSing the word  cancer to 33903

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Derrick Spies is the founder, editor and publisher of Metro247. Derrick started his career as a journalist in 2000, working at the then Port Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (now Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber) after returning from the UK. He subsequently worked in various positions within the print media field, from business reporter to online news editor at The Herald and as senior business reporter at the Daily Dispatch in East London. Derrick returned to Port Elizabeth in 2009 and decided to start his own business, focusing on marketing and communication, and Derrick Spies Consulting was born. Derrick Spies Consulting relaunched as DSC Media in 2010, with a stronger emphasis on media management practices, social media integration and utilization, website and electronic newsletter development as well as traditional media and PR services. In 2012 DSC Media entered the publication sphere, with the launch of Metro Newspaper (SA). Metro Newspaper was relaunched in 2016 as Metro247