Welcome to 2024

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Welcome to 2024

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Message from our Chairman, Eugene Subban

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Welcome back to everyone as we embark on a new year!

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I hope each of you enjoyed a fantastic festive break and you are ready to face the fresh challenges that 2024 brings. 

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Reflecting on the past year, CHOC has successfully achieved many of the goals we set for ourselves.

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The continuous effort against cancer remains a central focus of our mission, and each individual at CHOC plays a crucial role in addressing this challenge.
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​​​​​​​​​CHOC’s remarkable impact, surpassing mere hope, is attributed to the collective efforts of our Human Resources, including our dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and the parents who contribute to our cause. With confidence, I believe that our collaborative efforts will exceed the expectations we’ve set for ourselves in 2024.

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A heartfelt thank you to each one of you for your unwavering dedication and contributions.

​​​​​​​​​Yours in Hope,
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Journey of Phenyo and His Mother, Dipuo

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Story from our CHOC House in Bloemfontein

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In June, Phenyo confronted a significant shift in his life when he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Originally from Galeshewe in Kimberley, Northern Cape, he underwent surgery at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in July.

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Throughout this emotionally demanding period, his mother, Dipuo, consistently stood by his side, offering unwavering and heartfelt support. Following the surgery, Phenyo was transferred back to Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley to commence his radiation treatment, highlighting the depth of their connection.
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It was during this time that they learned about CHOC House Bloemfontein, a compassionate haven providing not only free accommodation but also essential transportation support to families in need.

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Upon arrival, Dipuo, initially overwhelmed with anxiety, found comfort in the warm embrace of the CHOC House staff. To her relief, she discovered that all services at CHOC are offered free of charge. Settling into their temporary home seamlessly, Dipuo actively engages in various activities designed for parents, cultivating a profound sense of community and support.

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Presently, Phenyo’s treatment progress is going well, and our dedicated staff remains committed in ensuring the emotional well-being of the entire family during this challenging time.
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Discover the Impact of 13 CHOC Houses Across South Africa

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Supporting Families in Their Cancer Journey 

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As the new year begins, patients and their families returned to the 13 CHOC houses located on eleven properties across South Africa. These houses are situated in close proximity to tertiary hospitals with Pediatric oncology units. Each house has dedicated staff augmenting the treatment, by providing our families with nutritional meals, safe environments, and a parent-to-parent support system.
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All benefits are free, regardless of a patient’s and their family’s background. The treatment journey is stressful, and our donors support us to alleviate the financial burden for families undergoing this challenging cancer treatment.
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​​​​​​​​​If you wish to learn more about the houses, click here for their addresses.
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Awareness Update

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What to expect in 2024 from our Awareness and Education team

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Join us on an impactful journey with CHOC’s Awareness Training and Education Programme.

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The Sibanye Platinum Mine training and awareness project in Bojanala District, Northwest has officially started. In December we met with the Regional Training Centre [RTC] of Bojanala District Department of Health to plan the rollout of the project. The RTC is the custodian of all training interventions within the Department of Health. In January, 23 managers representing all five sub-districts and programmes were trained and oriented on the work that we do. 
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​​​​​​​​​​​​These included cluster managers, School Health Nurses, Regional Training Centre managers District Pediatrician, etc. Everyone warmly welcomed the programme and there was a unanimous commitment to open more doors for training at the facility level. The next step in the plan is to train the trainers. 

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Up to now, our ATE Programme has reached nearly 200 Health Care Professionals in three different Provinces: Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Northwest.

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Our training supports the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer [GICC] goals, which is to reduce the suffering of children with cancer and achieve a cancer survival rate of at least 60% by 2030.

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CHOC Meeting with Managers of Different programs in the Department of Health in Bojanala District [December 2023]

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CHOC Community Trainer, Brenda Herbert, training Department of Health Managers in Northwest
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Here’s an exclusive invitation: become a volunteer trainer for CHOC! Contact Rilaveta Mabasa at
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Above: CHOC Community Trainer, Sylvia Mdluli, training Enrolled Nurses in Chiawelo Clinic, Soweto

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Together, let’s make a difference and light up the path to a brighter future for our future generations!
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​​​​​​​​​To read more about the Siluan Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer, click here

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Flip Flop Day 2024

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Join us on Friday the 23rd of February to flip for childhood cancer
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Every February, Flippie makes his grand entrance, and it’s time to get the whole of South Africa on their feet—well, in their flip flops! Embrace the sunny vibes, make a difference, and grab a Flip Flop Day sticker for just R10. Stick it on and wear your flops on Flip Flop Day, which falls on Friday, 23rd February 2024.

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Teaming up for something awesome, you can buy your sticker at your nearby PNA or Tekkie Town. Don’t forget, you can also visit www.choc.org.za or swing by your local CHOC Regional Office to get in on the fun.

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Need more details? Simply send an email to [email protected]. Plus, every sticker sold is a cool way to support children and teens who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer!

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Ready to flip for a cause? Let’s flip for CHOC!
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Financial Year End – Tax Season

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What is a Section 18A and how does it benefit you

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Did you know that by making a donation to CHOC, you are not only helping us keep hope alive for children and teenagers living with cancer, but you are also able to benefit from your donation?

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CHOC is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation and has been approved to issue Section 18A certificates in terms of Section 18A of the Income Tax (Act 58 of 1962). This means that if you, as a taxpayer, or your company, make a bona fide donation in cash or in kind (material assets), this qualifies as a tax deductible expense.  However, the donation cannot exceed 10% of taxable income.

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) determines a bona fide donation to be “a voluntary, gratuitous gift disposed of by the donor out of liberality or generosity, where the done is enriched and the donor impoverished. There may be no quid pro quo, no reciprocal obligations and no personal benefit for the donor. If the donee gives any consideration at all it is not a donation. The donor may not impose conditions which could enable him or any connected person in relation to himself to derive some direct or indirect benefit from the application of the donation”.

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This means that income received for the sale of merchandise, entry fee to participate in an event or campaign, the purchase of an auction item or the sponsorship of an event do not qualify for a Section 18A. However, CHOC is able to send you a Social Economic Development letter to the value of the funds paid over to CHOC.

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How do you get your Section 18A Certificate?

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  1. Make your cash donation if you haven’t already.
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  3. Download our Section 18A Request Form hereFor donations made via GivenGain or our secure giving platform on our website, simply tick the appropriate box on the form.
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  5. Send the completed form and your proof of payment to donations@choc.org.za
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Note: Section 18A Certificates can be issued for in-kind donations on receipt of supporting documentation required to verify the cost of the in-kind donation.  If items are purchased from a supplier the receipt and invoice will be sufficient. If items are donated from the company’s stock, then an invoice or supporting document reflecting the cost price will be required. The certificate will be issued with the total amount less VAT. These documents can be submitted with the Section 18A Request Form mentioned above.

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All queries regarding Section 18A Certificates, including requests, can be sent to [email protected].

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CHOC and Socio-Economic Development

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In order for your donation (both in-kind and monetary) to qualify for SED points you will need a letter from CHOC acknowledging when the contribution was received as well as a confirmation letter confirming that our beneficiaries are 75% Black (or more). CHOC will provide you with a competent third-party verification from our Auditor, as well as a Sworn Affidavit, issued on the Department of Trade and Industry’s required template.

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Thank you for your support and for believing in the work that CHOC does.

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A Decade of Making Waves

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10 Years of The CHOC Cows Swimming the aQuelle Midmar Mile

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In the picturesque province of KwaZulu-Natal, a unique herd emerged in August 2013 with a mission to make a difference.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​The KZN Herd of The CHOC Cows was founded, and little did they know that their first event in 2014, the aQuelle Midmar Mile, would mark the beginning of a decade-long journey filled with passion, camaraderie, and impactful fundraising.
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Dressed in distinctive cow prints, just over 30 swimmers made a splash at their inaugural Midmar Mile. Their presence was not only a visual spectacle but also a symbol of their commitment to raising funds for children with cancer. The bovine-inspired swimmers caught the attention of onlookers, leaving an indelible mark on the event.

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As the years unfolded, The CHOC Cows of KZN continued to grow their herd, both in numbers and impact. Each year, the aQuelle Midmar Mile became more than just a swimming event; it transformed into a symbol of hope and support for those battling cancer. The community rallied around the cause, and the cow-printed swimmers became synonymous with the spirit of giving.

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Fast forward to the present, and The CHOC Cows of KZN are gearing up for their 10th Dam Crossing. The journey from a modest herd of 30 to a formidable force in fundraising has been nothing short of remarkable. The commitment of these swimmers to don their cow prints year after year, braving the waters of Midmar Dam, speaks volumes about their dedication to the cause.

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Over the past decade, The CHOC Cows have become a beacon of inspiration, raising funds that directly impact the lives of children battling cancer. The money raised goes towards vital initiatives, such as transport to and from treatments, psychosocial support for families, housing during treatment, food parcels and most importantly creating awareness about childhood cancer.

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As the 10th Dam Crossing approaches in just three weeks, the anticipation is palpable. The KZN Herd of The CHOC Cows is not only celebrating a milestone in their swimming journey but also a decade of making a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need. The cow print swimmers, once a small group with a big heart, have become a symbol of hope, resilience, and the power of community.

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In a world often filled with challenges, The CHOC Cows of KZN remind us that simple gestures, like swimming a mile in cow print, can make a significant difference. Their story is a testament to the enduring spirit of giving, proving that when a community comes together with a shared purpose, they can create ripples of change that extend far beyond the waters of Midmar Dam.

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To get involved with The CHOC Cows, please contact Daisy on [email protected] or visit www.thecows.co.za.
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Flip Flop Day – Friday, 23 February 2024

The inconceivable diagnosis of childhood cancer should not be a challenge that any parent should ever have to face. But unfortunately, it is a reality that many families across South Africa have had to come to terms with on a daily basis. These families are facing a reality like no other, one that no one should have to face however, these brave children and teenagers, along with their families never have to stand alone.

Owami, a brave 6-year-old boy was diagnosed with leukaemia last year. His parents were devastated when they heard the news but found solace in the fact that they weren’t alone. CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa provided them with the emotional and practical support they needed to get through this difficult time. From the moment they received the diagnosis, CHOC was there to offer a helping hand, providing them with essential CHOC Carebags, nutritional food support, transport assistance, psychosocial support and even accommodation when they needed it most.

Owami’s parents were amazed by the level of care and support they received from CHOC. They felt like they were part of a family, and that made all the difference. Owami is still going through the childhood cancer journey, but he’s not alone. CHOC is there every step of the way, providing him with the support he needs to keep going.

Annually Flippie arrives in February, and we need to encourage South Africans to wear their flip flops, make a donation by purchasing a Flip Flop Day sticker for R10 and wear your sticker on Flip Flop Day which is Friday, 23rd February 2024. This will help support children like Owami and their families. So, let’s show our support for these brave children and teenagers and wear our soles with pride!

Flippie, South Africa’s favourite and most well-loved CHOC SOLE-dier has a serious passion for compassion and has stepped up to lead the movement to get everyone from the seaside to the city – to show their support for these fearless children and teenagers.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa is a registered and internationally recognised Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) whose aim is to provide life-changing and all-embracing support programmes to both the child or teenager and their families once a diagnosis has been given. Our services provide emotional support through the cancer journey, as well as palliative, end-of-life care and bereavement support. We also offer practical support for patients and families, including essential CHOC Carebags, nutritional food support, bereavement support, accommodation, transport to and from treatments, and our Educational and Awareness Programme on the Siluan Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer.

Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO, emphasises the impact of just one sticker, stating, “Your donation will make a significant difference in the lives of these young ones and their families. By contributing just R10, you assist CHOC in funding their Core Programmes and extend hope, solidarity, and support to those diagnosed with childhood cancer”. Hedley further highlights, “At any one time, CHOC can have around 1500 children and teenagers in our care. Show your heart by wearing your soles! From classrooms to boardrooms, support us to support them for only R10.”

Flip Flop Day is now in its 5th year! Join us on Friday, 23rd February for Flip Flop Day 2024. Partnered for greatness, you can get your sticker for only R10 at your nearest PNA, Tekkie Town, or by visiting www.choc.org.za alternatively popping into your nearest CHOC Regional Office.

Are you ready to join in? Let’s flip for CHOC!
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