Leave a Lasting Legacy

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Leave a Lasting Legacy

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

Your Legacy

A bequest in your Will is one of the most powerful ways for you to support the work of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA and make a lasting difference to children in South Africa.

Why leave your gift to CHOC?

A bequest to CHOC in your Will proclaims your confidence that we will continue to support the well-being of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

Benefits to you

  • You can have the satisfaction of knowing that your bequest will ensure that every child with cancer is diagnosed early and has access to treatment and support.
  • Leaving a gift to CHOC in your Will qualifies for exemption from tax.

Your Lasting Legacy

Your legacy will enable us to help save lives through early detection and making the journey of those who are affected by childhood cancer, less burdensome through the comprehensive support programmes we offer.

Our Programmes & Services

Professional Emotional Support: Psychosocial Support through a team of qualified social and social auxiliary workers at the paediatric oncology wards.

Emotional Support: Patient, Parental and Family Support in the form of survivor groups, Parent-Supporting-Parent Programmes, Bereavement and Grief Support and CHOC Interactive Learning Programmes in the wards and at the CHOC houses.

Accommodation

CHOC has 13 accommodation facilities close to the treatment centres across the country to accommodate out of town patients and parents/caregivers during the lengthy cancer treatment phase.

Transport Assistance

We have vehicles to provide transport to and from CHOC accommodation facilities to the treatment centres.  Transport funds are also provided to patients and parents/caregivers through the recommendations of a CHOC or hospital social worker to ensure that no child is precluded from accessing and adhering to treatment.

Practical Support

CHOC provides Carebags with information and items of practical use to all newly diagnosed children, teens, parents and their families.  We offer Nutritional Support such as food parcels, as well as Financial Bereavement Support.

General Awareness

Public awareness about CHOC and childhood cancer is carried out in all the regions nationwide through marketing, campaigns and events to promote early detection.

Awareness Training and Education

CHOC trains Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Workers, Traditional Practitioners and communities on the early warning signs of childhood cancer. The aim is to decrease the mortality and morbidity of children with cancer, to decrease disabilities related to the disease and to increase the survival rate.

 Advocacy

CHOC advocates for those affected by childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders ensuring that every child and teen diagnosed with cancer have access to specialised treatment centres, specialised life-saving medicines, paediatric palliative care and support.

We advocate that the human rights of childhood cancer survivors are respected. The campaign involves lobbying with government, engaging through the media and meetings with stakeholders and influencers.

Additional Programmes and Services

Recreational Activities

CHOC organises children’s outings and day excursions and works with other like-minded organisations to send children as well as their siblings on camps.

Ward Comforts

We assist with the maintenance, decoration and refurbishments of paediatric oncology wards and treatment centres into cheerful, child friendly environments.

Medical Support

CHOC supports the collection of data to the South African Children’s Tumour Registry to determine the burden for childhood cancer in SA. CHOC also works closely with the South African Children’s Study Group to promote the cause of childhood cancer and the improvement of treatment and care. CHOC supports Healthcare Professionals working in the field of paediatric oncology by supporting learning in conferences, occasional supply of medical equipment, and assisting the medical professionals in various ways to make their jobs easier.

How do I leave a bequest to CHOC?

Your attorney is the best person to advise you on drawing up your Will and how to leave a bequest to CHOC. The bequest may be utilized to fund a specific cause in memory of yourself or a loved one. You can also call or email to let us know of your intentions so that we may recognize and thank you for your valuable support.

Ways to make your bequest

  • A specific sum of money
  • A percentage of your estate
  • A life insurance policy
  • Property which could include real estate, art, antiques, jewellery, vehicles, shares and unit trusts.

Lastly, we encourage you to make contact with us when leaving a gift to CHOC in your Will so that we can thank you and acknowledge you for your kind gesture and for believing in us to keep more than hope alive for children living with cancer.

Contact CHOC in Your Region

To find out more, please contact CHOC in your region: https://choc.org.za/contact-choc/

We value all of your support. To find out more about ways in which you can support CHOC, visit our website.

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Donate your Roof

CHOC Donate Your Roof | Solar Energy

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation has partnered with Emergent Energy to pioneer and offer the first of its kind Charity Rooftop Rentals.   Donate your Roof is an innovative programme aimed at unlocking CSI budgets.  Not only can you bring a solution to South Africa’s energy crisis but you can support CHOC and make a difference in the lives of children and teenagers living with cancer and their families.

How about donating your company’s roof?

If you have roof space, we ask you to consider donating your roof space to our cause.

How does it work?

  1. As a company owner, you can lease your roof to generate and consume solar energy at no cost.  In doing so, you reduce the company’s carbon footprint and green your activity.
  2. Emergent Energy finances, designs and install the Solar PV system.
  3. Emergent Energy pays rental fee to the roof owner.
  4. The rental fee is donated back to CHOC.

To find out more information, visit https://donateyourroof.co.za/.

To sign up, complete the contact form on donateyourroof.co.za or email info@donateyourroof.co.za.

Benefits for the partnering organisation:

  • No investment required
  • No risks
  • Tax-deductible donation (Section 18A)
  • Reduce your Carbon Tax bill
  • Earn BEE points
  • Enjoy multiple Public Relation benefits
  • Pioneer a new Corporate Social Responsibility model

We value all of your support. To find out more about ways in which you can support CHOC, visit our website.

Zhakier Adams

Zhakier Survivor Story CHOC

Zhakier Adams

I Survived!

My name is Zhakier Adams. I am 21 years old, and a childhood cancer survivor from Manenberg, Cape Town. I was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 13.

I remember 2010 just after the World Cup. I attended a holiday programme that was held in the community, and when the school holidays were over I went back to school, and I had no pain during the school holidays.

At the time I was in primary school and I attended the Primrose Park Primary School. The school had a garden and each class had to work in the garden to plant seeds and water the garden.

I was in the school garden when I first lost balance and couldn’t walk or stand. I didn’t pay much attention. But this occurred continuously for a few days. Then it eventually got to the point where I couldn’t stand or walk at all.

At the same time, my mother fell ill as well. My parents decided that both of us should go to the nearest doctor. The doctor examined me and he picked up all the symptoms of cancer. The doctor gave a letter to Jooste Hospital for blood tests. That evening, the doctor at Jooste Hospital called my father, informing him to take me to Red Cross Hospital immediately.

I wasn’t told exactly what was wrong, but I was admitted to the hospital and while waiting for a doctor to attend to me, I passed out and woke up in the ICU. I woke up and saw my mother crying and still didn’t know what was wrong with me. But my parents knew. Thereafter, I was in and out of the hospital for months.  I went through all kinds of treatments; radiation therapy, chemotherapy, x-rays and blood transfusion for 3 long years.

It was during this time that my family and I met CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. I did not stay at a CHOC House because I lived near to the hospital, but CHOC supported my family emotionally, we received care bags, and all the support that they offer to families and kids in the wards at Red Cross Hospital.

I struggled with my schooling, but eventually made it to go to high school. I missed out on so much school time, I failed twice, one of the reasons was, in grade 10, I experienced severe back pain and ended up back in hospital for weeks. Eventually I wrote matric in 2017. I could not write all my subjects, and I still need to write another 3 subjects to obtain my matric certificate.

During the time I was on treatment, I attended camps with other kids that also had cancer. The camp was called Just Footprints, and I am now a facilitator at the Just Footprints camp.

I have been in remission for 4 and half years now, and I am first of all very grateful to the Almighty, my parents and family, and to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation for supporting me through my journey. I am part of the CHOC survivor/volunteer family and I jump at every opportunity to get involved to support CHOC.

Thank you for having me and sharing my journey.

Who are you wearing the Gold CHOC Ribbon for?

CHOC | Who Are You Wearing Your Ribbon For?
Who Are You Wearing the Gold CHOC Ribbon For?

Who are you wearing the Gold CHOC Ribbon for?

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To spread awareness about childhood cancer, we want to know who you are going to be wearing your Gold CHOC Ribbon for?

Childhood Cancer is highly curable with survival rates of around 80% in developed countries, yet in low and middle income countries, tens of thousands of children die needlessly every year from the disease – most dying without any effective pain relief. Poor diagnosis, coupled with too few specially trained doctors and nurses and the mistaken belief that child cancer is too difficult to cure, create very low survival rates. 

Be Bold, Go Gold

Join us in spreading awareness about CHOC and Childhood Cancer.

Download the “Who are you wearing the Gold CHOC Ribbon for?” template, write down who you are wearing the gold ribbon for, and share your stories with us on social media.

Buy Your Gold CHOC Ribbon

You can purchase your very own Gold CHOC Ribbon from a region closest to you, or on the CHOC online shop.

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