A heartfelt thank you goes out to my team who have worked incredibly hard to meet our goals in 2018 as well as our committee members and volunteers. The joy of our programme is offering a comprehensive service to our beneficiaries. Most outstanding is our transport funds that ensures children do not default from treatment. Together with this, every family who gets transport funds also receives two weeks supply of groceries so that the family and child can eat healthy meals whilst on medication.
In 2018 we had many great moments and one of our most memorable achievements was the launch of our awareness programme in KZN and the subsequent significant increase in new diagnosis of childhood cancer. The support of our national office made the awareness campaign even more successful. We had some wonderful fundraisers this year including CHOC being chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the Comrades Marathon; being a beneficiary of the 8 miles at aQuelle Midmar Mile where 30 dedicated swimmers swim 8 miles for CHOC. In excess of 500 swimmers swam the 1 mile for the CHOC Cows; being a beneficiary of the Spar Wine Festival and Spar Women’s Race in Pietermaritzburg.
We had many challenges notwithstanding the deaths of children because of late diagnosis or very aggressive cancers. Financial constraints added to our bleakness but we manage challenges with alacrity and true to our motto we keep more than hope alive.
Nothing we do can be done without the support of our generous donors. We look forward to an exciting 2019 as we celebrate 40 years of service delivery. Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to wish our CHOC family and supporters who will be celebrating, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.