Soweto Gospel Choir provided the entertainment for the guests and pupils Morris Issacson High School.
More than 65 cancer survivors were hosted to a red carpet farewell ceremony at the historical Morris Isaacson High School, Jabavu, Soweto.
The survivors including media personalities, bikers and emergency services personnel will be embarking on a 2300 km journey to three provinces with the aim of inspiring and encouraging other people to talk openly about cancer through the campaign called Cancervive.
Some of the survivors who took the stage and shared their experiences included Maria Muller who said people need to find courage to share their experiences with the world.
“people must not be ashamed and afraid to talk about their emotions and experiences about cancer, they need to open up and share their knowledge with the world.
“We hope that after the journey many people would be inspired to open up and share their experiences with the world,” she said.
Another cancer survivor Itumeleng Letoaba said: “I would encourage people to be aware about the early detection of this sickness and seek help immediately at their nearest clinic or hospital.
“People need to and must know that cancer just lives in the body but it does not control our lives, we control it and we must treat it accordingly.”
Cancervive 2015 aims to create new perception about cancer by encouraging conversation around it, removing stigmas and creating support for those affected by it.