January was an amazing month for the Exquisite Magazine Against Cervical Cancer (EMACC) team as we took on Cervical Cancer awareness with a purpose.
#SmearIt and #GetScreened were the by-lines and we had a number of celebrities like Kiki Omeili, Tonto Dikeh-Churchill, Sunkanmi, Susan Peters, Lola Omotayo-Okoye, Olive Emodi, Ayo Thompson, Tayo Afolabi and Layole Oyatogun smear their makeup and take a photo. Everyone was encouraged to take selfies to show that women should go for a Pap Smear to check if they have Cervical Cancer, a 100% preventable disease that still affects women due to lack of proper knowledge.
After going on Radio and TV Tours to sensitize the public, we had the exclusive Fund raising Brunch on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. Personalities like Susan Peters, Ayo Van Elmar, Sunkanmi, Glory Edozien, Tayo Afolabi, Kemi Olawoye, Yetunde Ogunnubi among others came out to support the EMACC Convener Tewa Onasanya and her team. Amidst food and drink, the aim of the event was shared and funds were raised for the free screening program.
Sunday, January 29th saw the entire team at Sweet kiwi for the pop up sale. People came out to shop, knowing that all proceeds were going towards helping women get a free pap smear as we promised.
The world then celebrated World Cancer Day on Saturday, February 4th and we were not left out. Together with Oceanic Health, we went on an awareness walk that also featured free health screening. Afterwards, we gave out Breast, Prostate and Cervical cancer screening vouchers.
To crown off the Cervical cancer awareness and prevention campaign, we took on screening for a number of women at the Agege Primary Health Center on Saturday, February 11th 2017. Gifts were also given out to those that came to get screened as well as useful advice from our Doctors.
We can’t thank everyone who supported us on this journey enough. Our sponsors BellaNaija, Olorisupergal, 360Nobs, Ono Bello, Complete Fashion, Nikita Waffles, Ayo Van Elmar, Dominio Delby, Accelerate TV, Zaron Cosmetics, Fourth Canvas, Candy lingerie, Xclamations!, Q Bites Nigeria, Hesey Designs, Kene Rapu, Sweet kiwi, I Luv Desserts, Abbyke Domina, Femi Handbags, X-pression were all amazing and we are indeed grateful.
To everyone who posted a photo to support the #SmearIt campaign, we say thank you and let’s do this again, next January. We won’t stop until Cancer is out and gone for good.