Flip Flop Day 2022 – have a heart and wear a sole!

Childhood cancer is a frightening reality that many families across South Africa have to deal with daily. South African families face the most challenging battle they will ever have to encounter – alongside the little warriors fighting on the Frontline. But luckily, these brave children and teenagers, along with their families, never have to stand alone.

Flippie is back for CHOC’s Flip Flop Day 2022


Flippie! South Africa’s favourite and most well-loved CHOC SOLE-dier. Flippie a flip-flop with a wholehearted passion for compassion. He’s stepped up to lead the movement to get every South African – young, old, corporate, casual, from the seaside to the city – to have a heart and wear a sole! All he wants us to do, quite literally, is to kick off our shoes for a day and slip on a pair of flip flops in support of the brave children and teenagers at CHOC. He is determined to get every one of us to set our 10 toes free, and walk beside our little fighters in solidarity against a disease that needs to know that we will NOT give up without a fight!


And as we ring in our 3rd year of the CHOC Flip Flop Day, we’re given a 3rd opportunity to show the children our passion & support by reminding them that they are never standing alone! CHOC’s annual event will be celebrated on the 18th February 2022, and this year it’s going to be bigger, better and filled with more sole.  South Africans are certainly filled with wholesome souls when it comes to our children, showing that we can rally behind them, as CHOC SOLE-diers, and truly be a force to be reckoned with. 


Where to find your Flip Flop Day stickers?

A donation of R10 gets you a Flip Flop Day sticker, then slip on your favourite flip flops and take a colourful stand with all of us in support of the brave children and teenagers of the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation who are facing the battle against childhood cancer. 


Get ready to flip your flops and join us in making a difference together! For more information or to purchase your sticker, visit a CHOC region closest to you, www.choc.org.za or pop into your local PNA or Tekkie Town store.


“I am thrilled that one of the first major fundraising events as newly appointed CEO of CHOC is the exciting Flip Flop Day. Wearing my flip flops and my sticker allows me the opportunity to emphasise that a few minutes is all it takes to make a meaningful contribution to ensure that no child or teen walks their journey alone. From children at schools, business colleagues, health workers and all other South Africans proudly showing their commitment to uplift the lives of children and teens on their cancer journey” states an excited Hedley Lewis

Chip in with CHOC and join their 2021 virtual golf day

Have you felt that extreme satisfaction when your ball lands in the hole, on the 9th or 18th hole? Well, if you participate in the 2021 CHOC Challenge Virtual Golf Days the feeling is even greater as you will be assisting to make sure that children and their families who are affected by cancer are supported throughout their journey.


When you are battling out on the greens across Gauteng you are battling out for those children who need our support.


Nagm Azar, CHOC Chairman comments,  “For children and families facing cancer, the COVID 19 pandemic has made the challenges of their diagnosis all the more daunting.  CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa wants to help these families, so that they do not face this fight alone. 


There is no better time than September which is Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to spread awareness and information on childhood cancer. Chip in during the month of September and take part in one of several virtual golf days that CHOC are hosting in partnership with the Central Gauteng Golf Association.

Andy Trulock, Manager of the  Central Gauteng Golf Association notes “ we are excited to partner with CHOC an NGO which augments the multidisciplined interventions within the various hospitals for patients with Cancer. “

The 2021 CHOC Challenge Virtual Golf Days will be held throughout the month of September. We encourage golf clubs to host a CHOC Challenge on one of their competition days in an effort to support our Foundation. All members are welcome to participate and are encouraged to bring visitors to join in on the day.

The format of the virtual golf days will be Individual Stableford, with prizes up for grabs for the top performers. We waiting with baited breath to see who will be the champion, however at the end of the day the true winners are the patients. Everyone who enters, will get an automatic entry into the CGGU CHOC raffle, where exciting prizes are up for grabs.

 Don’t think twice CHIP in! Grab a four-ball and join us in our 2021 virtual golf day.


For media queries or assistance with booking contact Taryn [email protected] or 072 243 5179


Or visit www.choc.org.za or the Central Gauteng Golf Association website.


The Cancer Alliance in the Western Cape once again hosted a very successful Lace Up For Cancer Fun Walk. This took place on World Cancer Day, Sunday the 04th February 2018 at the Castle of Good Hope and thousands were in attendance. ‘’Lace up for Cancer’’ is an annual event in Cape Town which gives members of the public an opportunity to dress up, have a fun five km walk  in memory of friends and family members suffering from cancer or whom lost their battle to cancer.

The Cancer Alliance comprises of six worthy causes that all work in the field of cancer. These are CANSA SA, Hospice Palliative Care Association, Sunflower Fund, CHOC, LOVE YOUR NUTS and People Living with Cancer. According to the official World CancerDay website, www.worldcancerday.org, “World Cancer Day should be viewed as an opportunity to coordinate global, national and local efforts in the fight against cancer” Cancer touches  everyone in different ways, we all  have the power to take action to reduce the daunting impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on, what you can do by making a pledge and taking action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.


CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA once again called  on all South Africans to “Have a Heart for Children with Cancer” on 15 February 2018. International Childhood Cancer Day (ICC) is a global collaborative initiative to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to express support for children with cancer, survivors and their families.

In developed countries, childhood cancer has become largely curable with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% whereas in South Africa the rate is approximately 55%. CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA aims to improve this rate by creating awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer.   Early detection of childhood cancer affords early diagnosis enabling a better chance of being cured and an increase in the survival rate.

In support of ICCD, CHOC  called  on schools, corporates and community groups to join our CHOC Celebrities and CHOC Ambassadors such Phumeza Mdabe, Jessica Nkosi, Romina Armellini, Anga Makubalo, Maurice Paige and Kenneth Nkosi to wear blue with the ICCD badge or heart pin on 15 February. In addition to wearing blue, members of the public could buy a loved one a delicious heart-shaped chocolate or a trendy “have a heart for children with cancer badge” or heart pin for Valentine’s Day.

CHOC Western Cape Region once again received wonderful support during the run up to and on International Childhood Cancer Day.We would like to thank all schools, religious institutions, companies and members of the public for the great support and for helping CHOC in keeping more than hope alive.


During the past year the CHOC Awareness Training and Education programme hasreached new levels.CHOC  started in 2011 training healthcare professionals, healthcare workers, traditional practitioners and community advocates in Gauteng, and now we have extended our services nationally. Our training at times takes place in professional facilities, sometimes in community centres, and other times under trees! CHOC trainers have travelled thousands of kilometres handing out thousands of informative pamphlets and training material.

The objective of the programme is to train healthcare professionals, healthcare workers, traditional practitioners andcommunity advocates to identify the early warning signs of childhood cancer and to follow the correct referral pathways for childhood cancer. This is to enable children to reach the specialised treatment centres in time to ensure ective treatment, as well as have access to essential medicine and care, in order to reduce the mortality and morbidity of children with cancer.

On 28 March 2018, Western Cape Department of Health’s Health Promoters  in collaboration with CHOC presented the Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer to twenty two Traditional Leaders and Health Promoters from Khayalitsha and surrounding areas. In South Africa, the survival rate of  chilldhood cancer  is at a poor 55%, while in other developed countries the the rate is at 80-90%.  Partly due to lack of knowledge about the disease and symptoms, in many cases most of the children referred for treatment are already in advanced stages, which significantly reduces the chances of survival. Early detection can dramatically change this scenario. CHOC facilitates an intensive Awareness Training and Education Programme to communities to ensure cancer symtomps and the referral pathways are known so that children in South Africa can be diagnosed much sooner.

More training will be held with Health Promoters and Traditional Leaders  as CHOC values the partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health’s People’s Development Centre.


On 03 June 2018 CHOC commemorated Cancer Survivors Day and in this edition, we would like to highlight the story of Childhood Cancer Survivor, Matthew James Reid.

Matthew was born on 25th  February 2003 and was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma in 2010.He was treated at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital from June 2010 to August 2010 where he came into contact with CHOC.  Burkitts Lymphoma is a Lymphoma in the lymph glands and these account for 11 % of childhood cancers in Western countries. During his treatment, Matthew came into contact with time CHOC’s volunteers who handed him a carebag and often visited his bedside and provided his parents with a cup of coffee and a muffin.

Matthew always loved sports and his cancer never got in his way. In 2013 he started playing squash and nn 2014  was already selected for the Western Province(WP) under 11 team to go onto the Interprovincial Tour. In 2015 he played for the WP B team and a year lateri  was receognised  as first place in the WP A Team (Under 13) and this continued to 2017 where he was  in the A Team (Under 14).

The same year he was awarded SA Schools colours for Squash at the SA Inter Provincial Tournament and the Peter Van Der Bijl Award for All round Excellence – one of the top awards in Bishops Preparatory School. He also won the Design Tech award at Bishops that year. His excellence was not only in squash as he also played A team water polo, and Hockey for his school.

This year, he is the only under 15 in the A Team  in line to be in the WP Under 16 A Team for squash – to go to the SA IPT in East London in June 2018. . Today Matthew is a proud childhood cancer survivor and eager to take on life wholeheartedly.

Matthew is currently part of CHOC’s Survivor programme and his father, Ian Reid serves on the Western Cape Regional Committee.


CHOC was extremely grateful to be chosen along with the Woodside Special Care Centre as one of the beneficiaries of the SUPERHERO CHARITY DASH FUN WALK sponsored by Crazy Store and MiWayLife. The event took place on the Sea Point Promenade on 21 March 2018 and participants could dress up as their favourite superhero and give back like a hero by bringing along a toy or toiletry item to the event.

Radio kfm 94.5’s Flashdrive 15:00 to 19:00 Presenter, Carl Wastie joined us at the event as Master of Ceremonies. Some mothers and children from the CHOC Lodge Tygerberg came to share in the fun. CHOC would like to thank the organisers of the Superhero Charity Dash Walk for selecting us as a benecifiary of the 2018 event.