Are you ready to flip?

CHOC Flip Flop Day

Start getting ready to have a heart and wear your soles, South Africa!

It’s almost time for CHOC’s 2nd annual Flip Flop Day. With YOUR help, it’s going to be bigger and better than before.

The brave children and teenagers of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation will never stand alone in their fight against childhood cancer, and for only R10, you can slip on your flip flops and make a colourful stand with them, in a show of support.

Flip Flop Day 2021 – have a heart and wear a sole!

We’re taking over the nation, sole by sole, on 12 February 2021. Are YOU ready to join in?

To purchase your sticker, visit or pop into your local PNA or Tekkie Town store.

It’s simply never been easier to make a difference.

With a simple donation of R10, every South African can show their heart by wearing their soles! From classrooms to boardrooms, let’s walk in our flip flops for a day to highlight CHOC’s passionate purpose – our refusal to back down and let childhood cancer win. With the support of all of us, our children and teenagers fighting childhood cancer will know that they never have to stand alone.

Visit for more information about how you can be part of CHOC’s 2021 Flip Flop Day!

Childhood Cancer Network South Africa Working Together During Covid-19

CHOC and CCNA Against Covid-19

Childhood Cancer Netword South AfricaNational lockdown and the threat of COVID-19 over the past 9 months have certainly painted a different picture for us all. The goal of Childhood Cancer Network SA is to collaborate for the benefit of children with cancer and their families. This came to fruition during this trying time as stakeholders continued to play their vital roles, despite navigating multiple constraints: a lack of information, limited access to medication and no communication from government, to name a few.

Challenges We Faced

Possibly the greatest difficulty was to effectively manage the needs of the patients with cancer. Their increased susceptibility to infection because of their immunosuppressed status, due to both the disease and their treatment, was a formidable concern. Across our organisations, it was clear that the focus was to ensure that all patients on treatment received their treatment, and were admitted if necessary.

Currently, patients with COVID-19 are prioritised. This may have had major negative impacts on delayed cancer diagnosis, investigations, and cancer treatment including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Professor Janet Poole, Principal Paediatrician of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology at CMJAH, said that follow-up patients had to be triaged. Patients not receiving active treatments were given appointments later in the year, in the hope that we would not miss anything,” she said.

The reality was that all this was hampered by constantly changing policies and procedures within the hospital environment, coupled with staff that were under a lot of stress. In addition, the initial support of the social workers, volunteers, and activities normally done, was lost. Parents and caregivers were restricted to one person attending clinic and rooming in, and this caused much distress to the families and staff alike. The ‘child-friendly’ environment was lost.

Working Together to Keep Hope Alive

Fortunately, CHOC’s psychosocial team were soon able to be actively involved in the wards. They continued to deliver nurturing care and support to the children, teens and their families. The medical teams relied strongly on their professional assistance, as did members of the Childhood Cancer Network. The Rainbows and Smiles Foundation and other members of the Childhood Cancer Network delivered food parcels and donations to the hospital entrances and CHOC social workers distributed them on their behalf.

Lifting the COVID-19 Stigma to Prevent Delays in Diagnosis

Another large concern was for families who were reluctant to take their children to the doctor due to the COVID-19 risk. A delay in diagnoses could result in more advanced cancer that is harder to treat. Efforts were put in place to create awareness around breaking down barriers and lifting the stigma that can quickly emerge during a time of crisis. This included talking honestly and encouraging safety protocols, spreading the facts, showing empathy and kindness and challenging myths.

Prof. Poole clarified some of these myths:

  • She reiterated that children are far less likely than adults to be infected by COVID-19,
  • that the risk of severe COVID-19 disease in children with cancer across the world remains low.
  • that there is also evidence to suggest that children do not spread COVID-19 in the same way as adults, and
  • that child to child transmission is rare.


Receiving Treatment and Staying Informed

Professor Gita Naidu, Head of Paediatric Oncology at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital at the University of the Witwatersrand, mentioned that research articles say that children with cancer may display an increased vulnerability to poorer outcomes with COVID-19, while receiving therapy.

While still positive, her message to patients with childhood cancer and their families is to stay informed of the facts. She quoted the following from research that calls for careful consideration if undergoing therapy [1]:

  1. Surgery
  • Research shows that oncology surgery should not be postponed if there is rapid progress, impairment of organ function or any life-threatening situation. [2]
  • Due to the current shortage of blood products and ICU beds, these must be factored in to the risk-benefit assessment for surgery.
  1. Chemotherapy
  • There is no data available regarding delaying chemotherapy in asymptomatic patients infected with COVID-19.
  • For aggressive cancer, the risk-benefit assessment must be considered and treatment must proceed if the benefit outweighs the risk.
  • Maintenance chemotherapy should be changed to oral chemotherapy and telephonic consultations between doctors and patients should be used to monitor patients. Weekly chemotherapy doses could be omitted and dose reductions could be considered [3].
  1. Radiotherapy
  • Paediatric Oncology patients require radiation therapy, and this again is protocol based. Delays may adversely affect long-term outcomes.


Coming Together During Times of Crisis

Financially, very few organisations have been able to escape the negative impact of the pandemic. As challenging as the last few months have been, CCNSA has been spurred on to work together as a collective group, to ensure that every child with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder receives the best support: access to treatment, essential medicine and palliative care.

CHOC is part of the Childhood Cancer Network in SA. We came together as a collective group in 2016 to work together for the benefit of the children with cancer and their families, not to duplicate services, but rather to address gaps. Although everyone has different roles, our hearts are all in the same place – to fulfil the purpose of supporting children and teens with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

CHOC would like to thank Prof. Janet Poole, Prof. Gita Naidu, Bonita Suckling (Rainbows and Smiles Foundation) and Adri Ludick for their input. 


  1. Kutikov A, Weinberg DS, Edelman MJ, Horwitz EM, Uzzo RG, Fisher RI. A War on Two Fronts: Cancer Care in the Time of COVID-19. Ann Intern Med 2020; 172(11):756-758.
  2. Tan J, Yang C. Prevention and control strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Br J Cancer 2020:1-2
  3. Garg V, Bakhshi S, Gupta G, Pushpam D. Managing Pediatric Cancer Patients in COVID19 Pandemic. Indian J Pediatr 2020:1.


Flip Flop Day 2021 – have a heart and wear a sole!

Flip Flop Day 2021 – have a heart and wear a sole!

Now in its 2nd year, the CHOC Flip Flop Day is an annual event celebrated on 12 February 2021. It is a day of fun and colour, because although childhood cancer is in no way light hearted, South Africans certainly are, and when it comes to our children we need to rally behind them, as CHOC SOLE-diers to truly show that we are a force to be reckoned with.

“We are so excited for our 2nd Flip Flop Day”, says Taryn Seegers Communication Coordinator of CHOC. “Flip Flops are most certainly a part of almost all of our wardrobes, and who isn’t looking for an excuse to wear them? Now we’re giving the public the chance to show us their heart by wearing a sole to bring some colour to the streets and highlight the importance of the work that CHOC does, and raise some much needed funds to keep our young South Africans and their families supported through the long and challenging journey that they are facing. Our first Flip Flop Day raised well over R1,5 Million and showed us that it truly is possible to make a massive difference in the lives of these families, and we are convinced that this year will be even more successful. Have a heart, wear a sole and set your toes free to stand behind us on 12 February 2021.”

Flip Flop Day 2021 – have a heart and wear a sole!

Where to get your Flip Flop Day Stickers

The campaign will be supported by PNA Stationers, one of South Africa’s largest and most successful retail stores, selling everything from stationary to art and craft materials, books and educational books; as well as Tekkie Town, Southern Africa’s much loved retailer of branded footwear, accessories and apparel. The public will be able to pop into any of these stores nationwide, and grab their Flip Flop Day sticker.

It’s simply never been easier to make a difference.

With a simple donation of R10, every South African can show their heart by wearing their soles! From classrooms to boardrooms, let’s walk in our flip flops for a day to highlight CHOC’s passionate purpose – our refusal to back down and let childhood cancer win. With the support of all of us, our children and teenagers fighting childhood cancer will know that they never have to stand alone.

For more information or to purchase your sticker visit or pop into your local PNA or Tekkie Town store.

Believe in Me

Believe in me CHOC
Believe in me CHOC

It’s that wonderful time of the year again where magic and excitement fill the air. People everywhere connect through a spirit of anticipation as the holiday season draws closer. It’s a time of hope and giving – a time of preparation and significance.

There is a special group of children who never stop believing – they believe they will get better and beat cancer, that they will soon be able to be children again. They live in the hope that they will run, play, laugh and live. They believe that the hurt will stop and that they will soon overcome the scary hurdles they are facing. These intrepid children believe everything’s going to be ok.

As we continue to strive to do the work we love for the children and teens in our care, we appeal to you for your generosity. By donating to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, the high level of care and support we offer can be maintained. There are over 1736 children in our care. Their families and caregivers, the medical and nursing staff, counsellors and many others all do their utmost to continue to be that flame of hope.

Our work spans across many areas: CHOC accommodation facilities offer a home away from home for children and their parents/caregivers during treatment and follow up visits. The psychosocial team does amazing work for the children, their parents and family members, as well as support to the medical and nursing staff. Basic necessities such as care bags, food parcels and bereavement support are made available for the children and their families. And all come at a cost.

CHOC is the only organisation that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders. At this festive time of year, we need you to believe in our noble cause and make a donation. We cannot do it without your generous support!

Please support our cause and help make it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of children and teens with cancer.

Benefits of Donating to CHOC: Social Economic Development (SED)

CHOC SED Spend Blog

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is the only organisation in South Africa that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

We can’t do it without YOU!

Why Donate to CHOC?


We are a Non-Profit Organisation and rely on funds donated by individuals, companies, trusts and foundations. Without CHOC, many children – particularly those from low-income households living far from treatment centres – would not adhere to the necessary but arduous treatment path.

CHOC has a proven ability to deliver sustainable solutions effectively and is an established brand endorsed by specialists. Our reporting on expenditure is detailed, accurate and we provide audited financial statements annually. We have demonstrated visible growth and have proved that we deliver results.

Benefits to Donors

Cash donations qualify for a tax deduction and CHOC will issue the relevant documentation to donors within a four-week period.

This will ensure that you, as the donor, can:

An entity may obtain a maximum of 5 SED points for spending a maximum of 1% of its net after tax profit on SED contributions.

The donation of services or donations of any reciprocal nature do not qualify for a tax deduction.

To download a Section18A request form, please click here.

SED Certification

All cash donations made to CHOC qualify as a Social Economic Development assistance as defined by the BBEEE Codes of Good Practice.

Click here to view our B-BBEE status

CHOC has a SED certificate which has been assessed and certified by an independent auditor.

View the independent verification of our beneficiary profile here.


Banking Details – National Office

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
Standard Bank
Killarney Branch
Current Account: 20 027 806 1
Branch code: 00 72 05

Click here to visit our contact page to find the banking details for our regional CHOC Offices.


Contact us to find out more about donating to CHOC, or to request more information.

Telephone: 086 111 3500

Physical Address
45 Homestead Road,
The Avenues Office Park
Syringa Building,
Rivonia, 2128

Raising hopes for a Gold September

September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

“They shouldn’t ever have to ask their mommy and daddy if they’re going to die.” This profound quote by Kathryn, mom of Will, a four-and-a-half-month-old neuroblastoma patient,1 epitomises the devastating struggle of families facing childhood cancer across the globe. 

Indeed; those who have never had to face their child’s cancer diagnosis, may be fortunate enough to escape the fate. One in 500 children in South Africa won’t be so lucky.2

This is where non-profit organisation, CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, is asking South Africans of all ages to walk a mile in childhood cancer families’ shoes this September.

Around the world, September is commemorated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a month of hope … hope for better treatment outcomes, hope for a brighter and healthier future for young cancer patients.


The CHOC team has launched a golden collection of attractive black and gold merchandise which can be purchased in support of our comprehensive support of families of kids with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Paint your lives gold with must-have face masks, buffs, shirts, socks, bags and wristbands, today!

September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It was our own beloved Bishop Desmond Tutu who said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all of the darkness.”


Walk the journey with CHOC this September. Make a difference by going all out to support our Gold September! For further information please contact us on or purchase directly from our online shop

Find out More about Supporting CHOC

Contact us to find out more about getting involved with CHOC, or to request more information.

To find out more about how CHOC supports children and teens with cancer, and their families, visit

To get involved with CHOC, visit 

References: 1.  2.  Internationally, 150 per million children are diagnosed with cancer annually. This equates to 1 in 500 to 1 in 600 children being diagnosed per year.

National Fundraiser Rivonia


Purpose of Position:

To provide assistance and support to the CHOC regions by raising funds through corporates, trusts, foundations and international organisations.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

1. Research
  • Research and identify potential donors from a variety of sources, including but not limited to: the corporate sector, trusts and foundations and community organisations both in nationally and internationally.
  • Make contact with potential donors to discuss funding opportunities and liaise with Regional Managers regarding these potential opportunities.
2. Proposal Development
  • In consultation with the Finance & Administration Manager and Business Development Unit Manager, work with the Regional Managers to identify key priority areas for funding.
  • Gather proposal information by identifying sources of information, i.e. management team, programme staff, existing materials/resources.
  • Work with the Finance and Administration Manager and Regional Managers to put together proposal budgets.
  • Write high-quality regional specific grant proposals, concepts and applications focusing on CHOC core programmes.
  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval and submission.
  • Write email appeals for regions that focus on end of tax year giving, securing funds from SMMEs, including appeal for corporate debit orders.
3. Relationship Building
  • Manage the process of handing over donor relationships to the respective regional manager, on approval of funding and/or receipt of funds.
4. Donor reporting
  • Keep a schedule of donor reports in terms of narrative and financial requirements and deadlines for submission of reports.
  • Ensure that these are communicated with the Finance & Administration Manager and the relevant Regional Manager.
  • Provide support in terms of editing regional reports to ensure they are in-line with contractual agreements.
  • Ensure that regions submit timeously reports directly to the respective donor.
5. Administration and Reporting
  • Ensure that a donor pipeline is recorded on Salesforce, including but not limited to, leads resulting from research, communications with prospective/new donors, proposal submitted and the status of these proposals.
  • Keep record of all proposals written and submitted.
  • Provide monthly pipeline report to Business Development Manager and Regional Manager
Experience & Knowledge
  • At least 5 years proven success in corporate fundraising in a non-profit environment.
  • Experience in writing fundraising proposals aimed at corporates, trusts, foundations and international grant agencies.
  • Experience in working with organisational budgets and consolidating these into programme specific budgets for funding proposals/applications.
  • Experience in drafting reports for donors in line with contractual agreements.
  • Experience in working with a multidisciplinary team to source information for funding proposals.
  • Experience in working with donor databases. Experience in using Salesforce will be advantageous.
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Professional skills and Personal attributes
  • Proven ability in building rapport quickly with a diverse range of people.
  • Creativity and the ability to develop new ways to inspire people about an organisation’s work.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to handle rejection.
  • Ability to transfer skills and knowledge to others.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Ambitious, results orientated and able to work in a target driven environment
  • Reliable and mature.


  • Tertiary qualification plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience in proposal writing in a non-profit organisation.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary in the range of R360 000 – R480 000 per annum, as well as pension fund and medical aid benefits after a successful probationary period

Closing date for applications is the 11th of September 2020

Please send applications to:

Celebrating Women’s Month at CHOC

Celebrating Women’s Month at CHOC

August is Women’s Month in South Africa, and we want to celebrate the wonderful women at CHOC. We are grateful to work with so many caring and dedicated women who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

Sadie Cutland – Co-founder of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa

How appropriate that, in the month dedicated to celebrating women, we get to celebrate the birthday of CHOC’s co-founder, Sadie Cutland, on 12 August.

Sadie’s dedication to bringing hope to children, parents, families and communities through their cancer journey is truly inspirational.

CHOC Sadie Cutland

Kerrin Bain – The CHOC Cows

For Kerrin and Grant Bain, losing Jessica (their 20-month-old daughter) to cancer was gut-wrenching. Almost a decade later they heard that their daughter Georgia, had brain cancer. After her brave battle with cancer, Georgia passed away in December 2019.

CHOC has played a significant role in the Bain family’s life, and this journey led them to start The CHOC Cows, fundraising for CHOC.

The CHOC Cows

Read more about Kerrin’s story:

If you would like to be part of The CHOC Cows, please email Daisy on and let her know that you’d like to join the herd.

For more information on The CHOC Cows, visit

Find out More about Supporting CHOC

Contact us to find out more about getting involved with CHOC, or to request more information.

To find out more about how CHOC supports children and teens with cancer, and their families, visit

To get involved with CHOC, visit

Regional Manager (Free State & Kalahari)


START DATE: 1 October 2020

CHOC is seeking to appoint a person to fulfil the role of the CHOC FREE STATE & KALAHARI Regional Manager (RM), based in Bloemfontein. The overall purpose of the post is to lead and manage the region, including to raise funds, raise awareness of childhood cancer, and promote CHOC and its programmes. The region serves the Universitas Academic Hospital, Netcare Universitas and offer services at the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley. The region covers the Free State area as well as parts of the Northern Cape Province.
The responsibilities include but are but not limited to:

Strategic leadership and management
  • Develop the region by identifying growth opportunities, gaps, and lead initiatives to address inadequacies or develop improvements.
  • To lead relationships with clients (such as the doctors, beneficiaries and volunteers), and partners, and to generally be seen as a leader in the childhood cancer field.
  • Look after and develop existing donor, key and other strategic relationships; as well as identify, maintain and develop new strategic and key partnerships and relationships.
  • Together with the Regional Committee Chair develop the Regional Committee.
  • Bring needs, challenges, and strategic regional matters to the CEO and also provide him with necessary and relevant feedback and solutions
Fundraising, campaigns and donor relationships
  • Maintaining and improving existing business development relationships – be they corporate, individuals, or other.
  • Using networks, platforms, forums and so on, to build the CHOC brand, and our network and relationships.
  • To cultivate and deepen relationships and partnerships with donors/supporters.
  • To identify regional fundraising opportunities, events and campaigns and ensure the successful implementation thereof.
  • To promote and market CHOC through various platforms and activities (including the media, social media, communication channels and material, and promotional events).
  • To oversee the management of fundraising and other systems, including the CRM (donor and data management).
Networking and volunteer mobilisation
  • To manage and develop strategic relationships, including the Department of Health, hospital management, hospital staff and organisations working in the field of childhood cancer.
  • To facilitate the development of committees, such as the regional committee, parental support groups, c, survivor groups, etc.
  • To oversee the volunteer programme, including recruitment, training and maintenance of the volunteer programme.
Staff management and programme management
  • Ensure that staff is managed well and guided on their respective roles.
  • Manage CHOC’s Core programmes to the required standards. These are the accommodation facility, the transport fund, the volunteer management programme and practical support.
  • To assist the national leaders with the regional implementation of national programmes, such as the Awareness training programme and psychosocial support.
  • To manage and oversee other programmes as determined by CHOC’s strategic plan and Executive.
Financial, office and general management
  • To develop a realistic and achievable annual regional budget and to manage the budget according to CHOC’s Financial policies.
  • To oversee the administration of the region.
  • To ensure that all CHOC policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to.
  • To ensure submission of accurate and timeous reports – financial, program and operational.
  • To undertake other post related duties as requested by the CEO.
  • To undertake all responsibilities and tasks embracing CHOC’s values, ethos and behaviours.


Qualification: A related degree or tertiary qualification

Experience and skills:
  • At least 5 years’ experience in general management, preferably in the NGO or health sector.
  • Experience and proven ability to fundraise, and/or experience in marketing.
  • High computer literacy, particularly in MS Office; and preferably in database systems (CRM), donor portals and social media platforms.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is essential, as well as fluency in in Afrikaans or Sotho.
  • Strong management and organisational skills.
  • Good with figures and a basic understanding of accounting, financial management and reporting.
  • A natural leader
  • A team player who also works well independently
  • Clear and strong alignment with CHOC’s mission and values
  • A highly motivated individual with a willingness to take initiative and responsibility
  • Other: A valid unendorsed South African driver’s licence is essential.


An understanding of the NGO sector and the fundraising sector is an advantage.
Well networked and the ability to network.

Salary in the range of R336 000 – R360 000 per annum, pension fund and medical aid benefits.

To apply submit your CV with the names and contact details of at least two recent referees to reach no later than 21 August 2020:
If you have not received a response by close of business 31st August 2020 consider your application unsuccessful.

IQbusiness & CHOC Partnership – Supporting CHOC through Online Education Accelerator

IQbusiness / CHOC Partnership - Online Education Accelerator

IQbusiness, one of South Africa’s leading independent management consulting organisations, is partnering with CHOC and showing their support to our organisation by donating a portion of the fees received from their Online Education Accelerator initiative.

About the Online Education Accelerator

More than ever before, the world is searching for remote schooling enablement. IQbusiness can support your school and teaching from home needs, empowering educators and families across all age groups and educational levels, to adapt to the best online practices, and set-up for a meaningful learning experience – away from the classroom.

Teaching through a home setup requires a different approach to teaching at school. As such IQbusiness has established a temporary hub of information and tools on Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams for Education, and Seesaw – their supported platforms: to help students, teachers and parents adjust to remote learning, together.

Adapted solutions for schools include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Digital citizenship and safety
  • Strategic workshops (planning for the future)
  • Online learning platform catalogue
    • Information library
    • Access to support
    • Online video tutorials
    • Access to training
  • Online learning handbooks – teachers, students, and parents
    • Online etiquette
    • Online learning tips and traps
    • Online learning FAQs
  • Online learning beyond the classroom

Online Safety

To make the most of the internet and online learning experience, students need to be prepared to make smart decisions. As such, IQbusiness promotes online safety and provides guidelines to teach students and families the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety, so they can explore the online world with confidence.

IQbusiness can assist in creating a hybrid model for teaching at home as well as in the classroom, and explore the opportunities, to expand beyond the classroom into:

  • Homework
  • Extra lessons
  • Holiday programmes
  • Absent learners
  • Projects and assignments
  • eBook libraries
  • Parent / teacher conferencing
  • Hybrid modelling
  • Surveys and polls

Empowering Teachers

Teachers’ training is fundamental to the success of digital transformation in schools. IQbusiness guides and encourages teachers to join online professional learning communities to ask questions and share tips with colleagues, staying connected and animating the common goal of creating an evolved, high-quality standard of education.

To find out more about IQbusiness’ Online Education Accelerator, email

Find out More about Supporting CHOC

Contact us to find out more about getting involved with CHOC, or to request more information.

To find out more about how CHOC supports children and teens with cancer, and their families, visit

To get involved with CHOC, visit