Anton Enus is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his career at the South African national broadcaster SABC, as a radio news reporter, and then moved on to become a parliamentary reporter, current affairs producer, TV news reporter and TV presenter, often anchoring the morning news show Good Morning South Africa.
In Australia, Anton is perhaps best known for his work on SBS World News Bulletin, where he has been presenting the news since 1999.
Anton first lent his support to Bowel Cancer Australia in 2014, during the charity’s February awareness campaign encouraging Australians to be proactive about their health. To maintain his own health, Anton never smoked, limits his alcohol intake, eats a vegetarian diet and engages in regular exercise.
So, he was very surprised to receive a positive test result after participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening program. Following what he thought would be a routine colonoscopy, he was told they had discovered a large tumour.
“Me? The one who ran marathons and whose greatest joy was chasing a ball around a tennis court for hours, who did yoga and had no family history of bowel cancer,” Anton wrote in a candid article published nationally about his bowel cancer experience.
As a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador, Anton is determined to raise awareness about Australia’s second deadliest cancer which claims over 100 lives each week.
If you were inspired by Anton’s awareness and fundraising activities and would like to support Bowel Cancer Australia through a company fundraiser or event in your workplace get in touch with us on 02 9923 8269 or through our webform.
In 2018, Anton featured in a series of videos which aired in Medical Centre waiting rooms across the country reaching more than 5.6 million Australians during Bowel Cancer Awareness month.
And in 2019, he joined a group of professional players and celebrities to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia at the 24th Celebrity Charity Tennis Event, where he was a guest speaker.
Anton believes his diagnosis was the “luck of the draw” and credits the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for possibly saving his life.
“Around two thirds of eligible people choose not to complete the simple test in the bowel cancer screening program. Two out of three!
“It’s hard to believe people could be so cavalier about something so fundamental.”
“I’m one of the lucky ones,” Anton said, “They discovered it early.”