Breakfast for Boobies, an annual FMI event, has raised more than R35 000 through ticket sales for the PinkDrive, in support of their efforts to increase early breast cancer detection in disadvantaged communities through their mobile health and mammography screening units. Aside from the fundraising aspect, the Breakfast for Boobies event aims to raise awareness around breast cancer, and to highlight the importance of regular breast check-ups before it is too late, as well as to educate women around the importance of Critical Illness cover and Income Protection. The event, which was held at Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) in late October, also saw 124 women screened and assisted with self-examinations – with four women referred to doctors for a further medical opinion.

In South Africa, 1 in every 9 women are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed among women, with between 10 and 20 new breast cancers diagnosed every week at Groote Schuur Hospital alone (according to the World Health Organisation, 2017). CANSA estimates that more than 100 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in South Africa each year – and this is only increasing, with the Lancet Medical journal predicting South Africa to have a 78% increase in cancer by 2030.

Women today have a better chance than ever of surviving breast cancer - but the key is catching the cancer early. The five-year survival rate of breast cancer in countries like the United States is 86%, but in sub-Saharan Africa, it’s less than 40%.

It’s unlikely that there’s a single South African untouched by cancer, and that’s why we’re passionate about raising awareness around the importance of the right type of insurance cover. At FMI, our cover pays a combination of income and lump sum benefits, and includes a medical second opinion and suite of benefits designed to offer family support through the treatment and recovery process, because we know the impact of a critical illness is far greater than just financial. These additional benefits include family counselling, childcare and transportation. We know that fighting cancer is a life-changing, emotionally-taxing experience that affects the whole family, so we’ve designed our cover to deal with far more than just your finances.

Our People | September 17, 2019

Edna & Sibu make FMI’s world go round

With coffee, commitment and passion anything is possible. Meet Sibu and Edna, our amazing baristas who keep us fuelled and inspired to keep things going throughout the day.

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Our People | December 06, 2018

100-Day home makeover, inspired by Madiba

At FMI, purpose comes before profit, and people are at the heart of what we do. In honour of Mandela's centenary birthday, we wanted to do something meaningful, so we undertook a 100-Day Home Makeover of the Vukukhanye Children's Foster Home.

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Our People | June 06, 2018

Meet the Team – Ashika Ramsoonder

Courage and Selflessness FMI employee, Ashika Ramsoonder is a true reflection of FMI’s values. With courage and selflessness, she takes on her role as a business analyst by day, student by night, single mother and active member of her community. “I make the most of what life throws at me as life is only as good as one’s mindset.” We chatted to Ashika about her life and role at FMI. Here’s what she had to say.

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