Techeetah has teamed up with the leading Chilean medical institution for cancer research, Instituto Nacional del Cancer (INC), to raise awareness in the week of World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day is an international day marked on Feb. 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment of the disease.
Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer have today visited the oncology department of the INC to meet patients suffering from the disease.
Together with INC Director Dr Sergio Becessa Puebla, the duo walked through four wards to meet patients, parents and staff.
The initiative to work together to raise awareness for cancer ahead of World Cancer Day came from the racing team, as many of its members have had family and friends affected by the disease.
Cancer has been on the rise in Santiago over the last 20 years and the heavy pollution the city suffers from is one of the main factors that has triggered the increase in cases.
World-wide, 8.8 million people die from cancer every year and this number is predicted to rise to 13 million by 2030. At least one third of common cancers are preventable.
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide and 65 percent of cancer deaths occur in low- to-middle income countries.
Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by implementing resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.
The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at approximately USD $1.16 trillion.
“Formula E isn’t just about the racing, it’s about making a better future,” said Ivan Yim, Techeetah managing director.
“We started this season with an awareness campaign for wild cheetahs, which we will share more information about soon.”
“When the opportunity arose to support World Cancer Day through the global platform that we have, we didn’t hesitate to embark on another awareness campaign for such a worthy cause.
“Our initiatives beyond the race track are something that we are very proud of and they are something that mean a lot to us. We are in Formula E to make a change not just on the race track but also outside of it.”
All four Techeetah Renault Z.E 17 cars will feature the World Cancer Day logo on the front wing flaps during Saturday’s Santiago E-Prix.