Give Some Hope this September

International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
#GiveSomeHope

As we celebrate International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, we are thrilled to share our latest press release that highlights our commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer and their families.
 
Read the full Press Release here
 
​​​​​​At CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, we firmly believe that knowledge is power, and awareness is the first step towards change. This month, as we shine a spotlight on the brave young hearts diagnosed with cancer, we invite you to read our latest press release written by The Department of Health South Africa in collaboration with various local and international stakeholders including CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO).

#GiveSomeHope

Join us in raising awareness and making a difference. We encourage you to #GiveSomeHope by sharing our press release with your network, engaging in discussions about childhood cancer, and let's work together to ensure a brighter future for these young survivors.

New Merchandise

Have a look at our new Hope Merchandise, items exclusively sold by CHOC to make a difference! View our online shop here.

 

It takes a community
 
Bandile, and her mother, Dudu, made a heartfelt journey to the CHOC House on 27 March 2023, all the way from Vrede, a town nestled in the Eastern Free State, 400 kilometres from Bloemfontein. Their purpose was to seek medical evaluation for Bandile, who exhibited worrisome signs hinting at a potential brain tumour. Little did they know that both the hospital and CHOC House Bloemfontein would become their sanctuary for the coming months.

In April, a definitive diagnosis was finally reached, and treatment commenced. Sadly, Bandile's battle with cancer proved to be exceptionally fierce, despite the dedicated efforts of the medical team.
In Vrede, a group of devoted volunteers had rallied together, pledging unwavering support for patients and families navigating the daunting path of cancer. We reached out to them to share Bandile's story, and they wholeheartedly stepped in to assist the family. They provided crucial airtime, enabling Dudu to stay connected with her three children she had left behind while accompanying Bandile.

During this trying period, Dudu also lost her job, and the volunteers extended a helping hand by providing essential food supplies for her children back home. They organised a toiletry drive for CHOC House Bloemfontein and collected warm clothing not only for Bandile and Dudu but also for the families residing at the CHOC House.

Regrettably, Bandile's prognosis remained bleak, and with the invaluable guidance of our compassionate social worker, Maria, the decision was made to reunite Bandile with her family in Vrede. Upon their return, the volunteers promptly offered their support once more, ensuring that Bandile's needs for necessities like diapers and Ensure were met. They maintained regular visits to the family, keeping both Sonet (CHOC Regional Manager) and Maria informed.

The heartbreaking news reached us that Bandile had passed away. In hindsight, as a team, we had the privilege of showering her with love and support, even sharing in the celebration of her 9th birthday. The communities of Vrede and CHOC came together during this challenging time, demonstrating the power of unity, support, and love when it was needed most.
 
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#GiveSomeHope Free Webinar
 
Join CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA this International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as we engage with some of the most inspirational voices to #GiveSomeHope.

Guest Speaker is Musa Motha, born and raised in Johannesburg, Musa's life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with bone cancer at the tender age of 11. Despite facing a challenging journey that led to the amputation of his left leg, Musa's passion for soccer and an unyielding spirit guided him towards an even more profound discovery – the art of dance. In 2023, Musa achieved a historic moment on Britain's Got Talent by receiving the first-ever group Golden Buzzer. Unanimously impressed, all the judges pressed the buzzer, propelling him straight through to the live shows.

With unwavering determination, Musa pursued his newfound passion, and today, he stands as an internationally acclaimed and award-winning performer, an inspiration to countless individuals who have been touched by his story. 

Watch Musa's Golden Buzzer moment here.

Register for the free webinar here.

 

 
Famous Brands Coffee Company, Giving back never tasted so good!

Famous Brands Coffee Company recently announced their "Sustainable Giving Initiative" with five amazing child focused charities, CHOC being one of them!

Since they believe children are our future and every child deserves respect, love and care, they have partnered with five organisations that support children in so many different ways.

Famous Brands Coffee Company will be donating part of the proceeds of every bag of Loba Coffee sold, and so every time you buy one, you’ll be helping to improve the rights, wellbeing, health and education of children in need.

Join us in making a difference to your coffee enjoyment, and in the lives of the many children these organisations support. Enjoy selecting your Loba Coffee here.

Upcoming Events

 
Mangaung Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk in Bloemfontein

30 September

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CHOC Gala Dinner in Bloemfontein

30 September

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Rocking for Cancer – Western Cape

6 October

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Our mailing address is:
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
45 Homestead Road
The Avenues Office Park

​​​​​​Syringa Building
Rivonia
2128

Email:
[email protected]

Tel:
086 111 3500

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Musa Motha joins CHOC

Musa Motha joins CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Commemorating Nelson Mandela Day. 

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting children and teenagers with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder and their families, is proud to have joined talented performer Musa Motha to mark Nelson Mandela Day with a special and heartwarming event.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Musa’s life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with bone cancer at the tender age of 11. Despite facing a challenging journey that led to the amputation of his left leg, Musa’s passion for soccer and an unyielding spirit guided him towards an even more profound discovery – the art of dance. In 2023, Musa achieved a historic moment on Britain’s Got Talent by receiving the first-ever group Golden Buzzer. Unanimously impressed, all the judges pressed the buzzer, propelling him straight through to the live shows.

With unwavering determination, Musa pursued his newfound passion, and today, he stands as an internationally acclaimed and award-winning performer, an inspiration to countless individuals who have been touched by his story.

Musa, the extraordinary 28-year-old amputee dancer, whose indomitable spirit and talent have captivated audiences worldwide, visited Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on Mandela Day, July 18th, to commemorate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and spread a message of hope and resilience.

Mandela Day, a day of global significance, honours the late Nelson Mandela’s values and commitment to making the world a better place. It encourages people from all walks of life to engage in acts of kindness, compassion, and service to others. Musa’s visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on this special day serves as a touching tribute to Mandela’s enduring legacy and a symbol of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. During Musa’s visit, we had the honour of being accompanied by Professor Gita Naidu, who was part of the team that treated him. She shared her thoughts and insights on the occasion. She said Musa is an inspiration to our young children and teenagers, from the most underprivileged sectors of our society. “Children and teenagers can be cured of cancer and can go on to achieve their dreams.”

Musa met with young patients, many of whom are facing their own battles with illness and challenges. Through his presence and inspirational story, Musa brought smiles to their faces, instilling a sense of hope and motivation in their hearts. “We are thrilled to have Musa join us at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital for Mandela Day,” said Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO. “His story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit. We hope that his visit will serve as an inspiration to the patients, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey.”

Together, let us remember the words of Madiba: “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.”

For more information about how to support CHOC’s mission, please visit www.choc.org.za.

Get involved this Mandela Day

Get involved this Mandela Day

Give what you can

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day, celebrated annually on July 18th, is not just an ordinary commemoration of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African leader. It goes far beyond that, acting as a call to action, a reminder of our collective responsibility to strive for a more equitable, inclusive, and compassionate world.

By participating in Mandela Day, you become part of a transformative movement that empowers individuals to effect change in their communities and beyond. It provides an opportunity to engage in acts of kindness, volunteerism, and social activism, amplifying the values Mandela cherished—freedom, equality, and solidarity.

Mandela Day encourages you to explore your passions, lend your skills, and ignite your potential to shape a better future for all.

Please see our wishlist below:

  • Tablets or android phones for CHOC Houses for team to download Feed the Monster and other age-related apps to support learning and development.
  • Install a cognitive wall to assist with learning and healing through play.
  • Provide perishable and non-perishable food items for meals at the CHOC Houses.
  • Provide food hampers to address malnutrition in the community home.
  • Provide toiletries, colouring books, and crayons to include in CHOC Carebags for newly diagnosed beneficiaries.
  • Detergent, cleaning, and gardening equipment.
  • Laptops for staff.                                                                 
  • Scrubs for staff (Psychosocial Staff and House Staff).

For other items please don’t hesitate to contact our regions across South Africa.

The power to create meaningful change lies within each of us. Mandela Day provides a unique platform to channel that power and collectively work towards a world that upholds the values of compassion, equality, and justice. By embracing the spirit of Mandela and dedicating just a fraction of our time to acts of service, we can sow seeds of transformation, making a lasting impact on individuals, communities, and societies. So, join the Mandela Day movement today, and let us together forge a brighter future for all of humanity.

Find the region closest to you here

Meet Ma Rose, House Assistant – CHOC House Centurion 

A story of Hope

Rose Mandlazi’s journey started with CHOC Northern Region in 2007 when she joined as a part-time house assistant at the CHOC House. She vividly remembers entering the CHOC House for the first time, realising that it is a place where children are diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, diseases she didn’t even know existed. Initially, this realisation made her emotional, but something kept “pushing her” to keep returning to the CHOC House. She had a strong feeling that she belonged with CHOC.

Cooking with Auntie Minnie, the house mother, at the CHOC House, which was located on Trouw Street at that time, made her feel energised. “It’s something I enjoy. In the kitchen, my heart warms up because I know I can do something that the children will eat and enjoy.” Walking the journey with the children and having the power to cook a meal that they would try to eat after receiving chemotherapy, even though it was difficult for them to enjoy a meal, Rose ensured that her meals were prepared with so much love that it made a difference. She observed how her cooking made the “mommy’s journey easier and took away a bit of their stress” while they stayed at the CHOC house.

The kitchen is the place where friendships are formed, and she recalls an 11-year-old boy who was part of the CHOC House family for almost two years. When the boy was admitted to the hospital, Rose received a phone call from him asking for his favourite “CHOC House noodles.” Since the boy didn’t want to eat in the ward, the nursing staff were happy to see Rose arrive with a special meal for “her child.”

Having been a part of CHOC for 16 years, Rose said, “CHOC is my calling and not just a payslip at the end of each month.”

Thank you, Rose, for going the extra mile and for keeping more than hope alive for these brave young ones.


CHOC’s Nutritional Support Programme

Why is nutrition so important?

Diet and nutrition are very important in childhood because children are growing and developing. Good nutrition is particularly important when a child has cancer because the child’s growing body also has to cope with the various treatments and their side effects. The focus should be on preventing or treating cancer-related malnutrition, as prevention is always better than cure.

Not all children react to cancer treatment in the same way. Many children have no problem with nutrition – they are able to eat enough and have the strength and energy to maintain their normal levels of activity. However, some children lose weight, grow more slowly, frequently feel tired or irritable and get infections more easily.

Food parcels form part of CHOC’s practical support programme. It is a temporary provision of assistance for families in a desperate situation who cannot provide for their family’s basic needs.  A CHOC recommended food parcel makes provision for weekly / monthly meals for a family as a form of “social relief of distress”. It is recommended by and based on the psychosocial assessment of a social worker / counsellor / social auxiliary worker.  In some cases, food vouchers are distributed instead of food parcels. We handed out 868 food parcels and 155 food vouchers. The value of the food vouchers were R92,000 and 5104 people benefitted from this nutritional support. 

Thank you to FNB Structured Finance Solutions

On behalf of our children and parent beneficiaries, board, management and staff I thank the FNB Structured Financial Solutions unit for your overwhelming support towards CHOC and its beneficiaries.

The funding was utilised towards:

  1. The installation of a outdoor stair lift at CHOC Port Elizabeth house: This has been successfully installed and will accommodate our outpatient beneficiaries with disabilities. The five-bedroom house serves 13 beneficiaries per night attending treatment at Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital. 
  2. Provision of 10 food parcels for beneficiaries attending treatment at Frere hospital addressing malnutrition within the childhood cancer household. The food parcels were delivered on 5 June 2023 and in the process of distribution.

Thank you Lancet Laboratories

Thank you so much for your generous sponsorship and for being involved in our annual CHOC Golf Day in East London. Your generosity and support are really appreciated and ensures that we are able to raise funds to continue supporting children and teens with cancer and their families and to keep more than hope alive.

Thank you Gerber Goldschmidt Group

We thank the selfless team of Gerber Goldschmidt Group for their determination in gifting hope and dignity to our children.  At the teams recent Centenary Dinner, shareholders and partners generously donated towards our Comprehensive Child and Family Support Programme serving 4500+ beneficiaries.  We thank you and welcome you to our CHOC family.  

 

Upcoming Events

CHOC Webinar

Assessing and addressing the sexual self of childhood cancer survivors, free webinar hosted by CHOC.

Register here

CHOC Walk up Sani Pass 

This year we welcome our 14th CHOC Walk Up Sani Pass in support of children and teenagers with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

Saturday 5 August 2023
Register here

CHOC Walk up Sani Pass 

This year we welcome our 14th CHOC Walk Up Sani Pass in support of children and teenagers with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

Saturday 5 August 2023
Register here

You too can make a difference!

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.

To make a difference in the lives of our beneficiaries, click here

To spread hope, follow us on the social media platforms below

Our mailing address is:
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
45 Homestead Road
The Avenues Office Park

Syringa Building
Rivonia
2128

Email:
[email protected]

Tel:
086 111 3500

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Together, we created hope


Flip Flop Day 2023

Thank you South Africa for being Flip’n awesome!

While childhood cancer may not affect everyone, one thing is for certain – there are many brave little children or teenagers fighting daily against the disease.

But they are never alone. These courageous soldiers will always have the support, love, and care from those around them, even if it is through a donation from a stranger whom they will never meet.

Well done to Catherine Rall who won our competition with FlySafair. She has won a return flight within South Africa! 

The Courier Guy had recently partnered with us to take the pressure off our courier fees for all the stickers that were bought online, providing an exceptional delivery service at no cost.

Thank you to our unbelievable partners, PNA and Tekkie TownTwo brands who fit in so well with CHOC. We thank you both for all your efforts in getting Flip Flop Day into over 500 stores combined country wide. We would like to pay tribute to each of your staff members, we know that putting up the posters, handing out the flyers and creating awareness is no easy task and you have both taken it on with such enthusiasm!

Corporates, small businesses, ladies and gents, boys and girls – we all did this together by stepping out with love and support for these amazing kids for them to see a brighter tomorrow.

We thank you South Africa and all of our partners for believing in CHOC and the work that we do. We look forward to making Flip Flop Day an even bigger success next year!


 

CHOC joins the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Global Alliance

We share the belief that every child, everywhere deserves the chance to live regardless of race, religion, or the ability to pay for treatment.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is humbled to have been chosen to join one of the most auspicious global alliances,  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Global Alliance who supports children undergoing cancer treatment.  This accolade is testimony to the paediatric oncologists and medical fraternity, the South African Department of Health, CHOC employees, volunteers, and donors who all come together to give these families a chance to overcome childhood cancer.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the largest, most respected paediatric cancer research hospitals in the world and is non-profit. St. Jude treats about 8,600 patients a year including patients from around the world and no patient ever receives a bill!

Over the last 60 years, their research and treatments have helped to raise paediatric cancer survival rates in the US from 20% to 80% and even 94% for some types of cancer. St. Jude treats all patients regardless of race, religion or the ability to pay.

Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO said, “For a non-profit organisation on the tip of Africa, this is a dream come true. We trust that this partnership, dedicated to the shared vision of improving the quality of healthcare delivery will  increase the survival rates of children with cancer and blood disorders, not only in South Africa but worldwide”.


 

CHOC receives accolade of “Best NGO”

CSI Legacy Awards held on the 2nd of March 2023

The CSI Legacy Awards 2023, is a prestigious event that celebrates corporate social investment, in recognising the contributions of industry leaders towards creating a better society.

This event was  attended by prominent figures in government (the Honourable Deputy Minister for Social Development,  Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu), business (Heads of Investec, Standard Bank, Oceana Group),  Academia (Head of Wits Business School, Professor Maurice Radebe), and civil society. The awards were given to those who went above and beyond to make a difference in their communities through corporate social investment initiatives.

Awards were presented across several categories, including Best Social Entrepreneur, Best Corporate, Best NGO, Best Rising NGO, and Best CEO. 

Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO, said, “This award that I had the privilege to receive on behalf of CHOC is a testimony to the incredible CHOC staff, volunteers, Board and Exco; as well as the medical fraternity and our donors that stand by our side to reach for the stars”.

I would like to thank each of you for voting for CHOC and believing in the work that we do.  I must say though, even if we were not to be chosen as the winner, being recognised alone should have been a huge achievement;  especially knowing that we are doing the best we were called to do for the children and teens with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders and their families.

 

Update from our Awareness Training and Education team

Collaboration with IFRC

Our partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross SA is getting stronger by the day. Last November, we trained 17 of their Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) officers in the Eastern Cape. This was the second group of volunteers that we trained.  We wish to express our gratitude to the IFRC organising team, Linda Nene and Faith Dube for their vision and leadership in this partnership. What is encouraging is that the volunteers are beginning to identify and refer new cases in the communities.

Mogale City Refresher

In January we organised a refresher training for the CHOC Community Messengers based in Mogale City. These passionate and dedicated volunteers visit local clinics, ECD Centres, Community and Faith Based Organisation to spread the message that early detection saves the lives of children and teens with cancer. During the refresher training we reiterated the knowledge of the Siluan Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer ensuring that they take accurate messages to the communities.

Traditional Health Organisation Training

We were privileged to train Traditional Health Practitioners (THP) of the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) of South Africa in Johannesburg.  These Field Workers and Provincial Leads came from different parts of the country such as Limpopo, Northwest, Gauteng, KZN and Mpumalanga and will share the message of the Siluan Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer in their communities. The Director for African Traditional Medicine from the National Department of Health, Mr Bruce Mbedzi, closed the training by giving an update on the collaboration between the National Department of Health and the THPs; as well as the policy framework for the THPs in South Africa.

Granny Sienna’s Journey

On the 5th of July 2010, Caleb Opperman was born in Calvinia in the Northern Cape. The family was shattered when they got the news that he was born with meningitis. His grandmother, Sienna Opperman said that she was shattered, afraid and would  not accept that her  grandson would pass away. The doctors fought for his life and after a week he recovered and granny Sienna then knew that he had a fighting spirit.  Caleb grew up to be a loving, gentle and a persistent boy. “When Caleb wants to achieve something, nothing can stop him, even when I say no, he would just hold my face up against his, rub his nose gently on mine and got his way” added Sienna.

In May 2022, on a school excursion to Cape Town, Caleb started sweating profusely, and was rushed to the pharmacy to find medicine to stop the sweating. The pharmacist recommended that they see a doctor. On their way to the doctor, the sweating stopped, Caleb felt better and they  decided not to proceed.

A month later, Caleb accidently stepped on a chicken bone which cut his foot and was treated immediately.  A few days later, Caleb’s heart started to beat extremely fast and he was rushed to hospital where they were told that his blood pressure was too high. He had an infection and needed to go to Upington hospital where he was treated in the ICU for a heart condition.

Sienna and Caleb then had to go to Bloemfontein for a biopsy. After Bloemfontein, Caleb returned home to Calvinia,  was hospitalised again and later transferred to Kimberley Hospital where Caleb was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer namely paraganglioma. Paraganglioma is a type of neuroendocrine tumour that forms near certain blood vessels and nerves outside of the adrenal glands.

“I remember crying when the doctors told me this, because cancer was not something foreign to us. My sister and my daughter battled cancer and now it was my grandson,” remembered Sienna.

Caleb said that when he was told that he had cancer, he was bit sad and didn’t understand why he would get cancer at such a young age.  “I had to believe that I could beat it, because I had to be strong for my ouma.” said the brave 13-year-old Caleb.

In December 2022, Caleb started his chemotherapy where he assured the doctors that he would do his best to be strong, because he is a fighter. The doctors then referred Caleb and Sienna to Keitumetse Malefandleleni, the Regional Programme Co-ordinator for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA in the Free State & Kalahari region.  Keitumetse was there to help them with all their needs while they attended treatment.

In February 2023, Caleb and Sienna were referred to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Gauteng South where Caleb had to undergo an operation. Keitumetse made sure that their travel arrangements were made and that they would be supported and cared for by the CHOC family in Gauteng. During their stay in Gauteng, they stayed in CHOC House Diepkloof. “It’s nice at the CHOC House, it is safe, it is clean, and the people are  so friendly.  I have also made new friends,” said Caleb.

“CHOC house is like my own home. Caleb could play outside with his friends, and I knew that nothing and no one would harm him. I felt safe and cared for”, added Sienna.

Caleb remains a strong and respectful young man that is obsessed with cars, debating, playing with his friends and cousins and absolutely adores his grandmother.

 

Do you suspect a child or a teenager who may have cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder? Refer them here
Upcoming Events

Pretoria High Tea

Tea with friends for a good cause – join us at our annual High Tea on the 6th of May 2023 at La Vie Lente Bistro in Pretoria.

R350 per person
Dress code: Smart Casual
Table bookings of 10 available.

RSVP by Tuesday, 25th April 2023 or 012 323 3490

Saturday, 6 May 2023 
Register here

Johannesburg High Tea

Join CHOC Gauteng South for a High Tea on 27 May 2023 at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff.

R550 per person

Table bookings of 10 available

RSVP by Thursday, 18 May 2023

Saturday, 20 November 2023
Register Here

Western Cape Golf Day

Join us for a day on the greens along the coast at Milnerton Golf Club, on the 1st of September 2023, for a Charity Golf Day held by Little Hands Promotions.

Registration opens 9 a.m.
Tee-off between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Entry fee is R1 200 per individual player or R4 800 per team.

Close date for entries is 15 August 2023.

Friday 1 September 2023
Register here

You too can make a difference!

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.

To make a difference in the lives of our beneficiaries, click here

To spread hope, follow us on the social media platforms below

Our mailing address is:
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
45 Homestead Road
The Avenues Office Park

Syringa Building
Rivonia
2128

Email:
[email protected]

Tel:
086 111 3500

Copyright © 2023, CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. All rights reserved.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

September Newsletter


Be Bold and Go Gold with CHOC!

You have the power to make a change

A note from Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO
​​​​​​

International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a month where you could use your power to make a change.

You have the power to channel your voice to create Hope. Your voice could be the difference between a child being referred timeously to a Paediatric oncology Unit in the early stages of cancer or devastating late diagnosis. The later the referral the worse the prognosis may be and unfortunately, the tougher the journey. 

While the survival rate of SA has gradually increased over the past few years to about 55%, it is still well below the rate of developed countries (of 80 to 90%) and the WHO GICC 2030 goal of at least a 60% survival rate. In addition to this, statistics indicate that we may be missing some children and teens (who are either never diagnosed, misdiagnosed or unreported).

A key factor here is the lack of knowledge about the Early Warnings Signs of childhood cancer and to learn more, visit the CHOC website here.

If you suspect that a child or teen might have cancer and you need help, CHOC is available to assist with the right process to refer a child. Be the change for those going through the childhood cancer journey and for those who have been newly diagnosed, together let us appreciate the lives of the survivors and finally, be a voice and educate communities about
childhood cancer.  

Create awareness around childhood cancer

  • Share CHOC’s social media posts.
  • Post social media elements provided by CHOC on your company’s social media platforms.
  • Share the Siluan Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer on your employee communication platforms.
  • Upload a Twibbon to your Facebook/Instagram Profile Picture Download here.
  • Try out our Instagram filter by clicking here.
​​​​CEO Challenge

We ask you to challenge your colleagues to add their voices and destigmatise childhood cancer, in your personal capacity and utilising the company’s platforms either internally or on social media, to help us spread simple but life changing messages. Record a one-minute video with your company background. Read more by clicking here.

Purchase Ribbons

Purchase ribbons for your employees to wear as a supporter of childhood cancer this International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Click here to purchase your Ribbon for just R20.00.

 
Read more here
 
For more information contact us at [email protected] or 086 111 3500.

Meet Zimvo, mother of Othalive, the face on our September Campaign

My name is Zimvo and I am a 24-year old mother to a son named Othalive. He is now  1 year 8 months old.

My son was diagnosed with cancer called Retinoblastoma, this cancer is found in the eyes. Otha lost his eye to this type of cancer on the 4th of December 2019.

He started chemotherapy at Frere hospital in January 2020  

We stayed there for 2 months and some weeks, after that we were taken to CHOC house.

I didn’t know what CHOC house was at first when Dr. Matthews explained and said CHOC is a house for children with cancer and their mothers. Okay. When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect, but found a beautiful house full of life, lots of toys   and things to play with.

The mothers were so nice, Vuyo was so welcoming and she made us feel that CHOC indeed was A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.  At CHOC house I didn’t need to buy food, electricity or pay for water.  Everything was just there. It’s home a child with nothing to worry about when there’s something I needed I knew Sis’Vuyo always assisted. 

If it was going to town, needing personal help or advice she was always there she was basically making sure our stay at CHOC was amazing.

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Even with COVID-19 at the CHOC house, we were still comfortable we knew we were safe because the house was looked after, it was clean and we were given sanitisers in every corner from the toilet and to the dining area. We were given masks for us and our children. Pictures on the wall were posted for the little ones to see that they needed to always wash hands.

We had a wonderful stay at the CHOC house, a place to regroup and be with other mothers who will make you feel better about your situation, it was nice to be around women who have been through the same situation as you have. Winter was the warmest we ever had, with warm water and lovely knitted socks and hats, oh and little blankets for the children.

I spent a lot of time there with my son, he grew up there he learnt how to speak there, how to ride a scooter there, how be around other kids. CHOC for my son was his real home because that’s where he spent most of his time.

Thank you CHOC East London for the home away from home you have given us, and thank you Vuyo for making it a place to find our self and enjoy.

Discovery Vitality MoveToGive

Thank you Discovery Vitality for believing in the imperative work that CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA does. We are so grateful for this partnership!

You too can help make a difference and donate your Discovery Miles to CHOC through Vitality MoveToGive in the Discovery app today! discv.co/CHOCMTG22
#LiveLifeWithVitality

Every Discovery Mile can make the difference to a child’s journey with cancer a little bit more bearable.

Regional Updates

Western Cape
Canal Walk Peter Pan:
The world-class Neverland Peter Pan Theatre Production kicked off at Canal Walk on 25 June 2022 and ran for the duration of the June school holidays. Tickets were sold at R100 each and R5 of each ticket sold was donated to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.

An amount of R150 000 has been handed over to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.

Gauteng South

High Tea
Thank you so much to each and every person for spending the day with us, to everyone that gave freely of their time, Lizette Volkwyn, Stephanie Baartman, David Louw. To Eileen Van Tonder Jordan and Xichavo,  thank you for sharing your journey with us. To the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg thank you for spoiling us.” – Antonella Swanepoel

East London

Come Dine with me 007 Event
Thank you to all organisers, sponsors and supporters involved in making the Come Dine With Me fundraiser a successful event and memorable experience. We are truly grateful to be the beneficiary of this event.
 
Please visit our CHOC East London Facebook Group to view more amazing photos and videos.

KwaZulu-Natal

CHOC Walk up Sani Pass
Thank you to all who participated in the CHOC walk up Sani Pass in person or virtually.
This walk has become symbolic of childhood cancer heroes who walk a rugged journey by taking one step at a time and hoping that the outcomes will be positive.
 
We look forward to the next walk up Sani Pass!

Nationally

Solidarity fund
Programme monitoring is vital in effectively delivering our programmes. 

CHOC hosted The Solidarity Fund HCRF team who conducted a monitoring and evaluation visit of CHOC Saxonwold House in July.

“This was a memorable and eye-opening visit and I wish you all the best in your work!”, Khebi Sibanyoni, Client Coordinator

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Comrades
We are immensely grateful to Comrades Marathon for choosing us as one of your charities of choice, thank you for the opportunity we love being a part of this amazing event. 

Thank you to each and every one of our CHOC Cows who took part and raised money that will make a difference to so many lives!

Ways to get involved

Upcoming Events

Join us at one of our many events throughout South Africa, from online webinars to Crazy Cow events, to help us make a difference!


 

Book your slot here
Other upcoming events:

Secret Sunrise Dance for CHOC
Western Cape

10 September

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Fun Walk for CHOC
Bloemfontein

17 September

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CHOC Cyclethon
Gauteng

18 September

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CHOC Webinar – Boldly Creating Hope
Online

28 September

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To spread hope, follow us on the social media platforms below

Our mailing address is:
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
45 Homestead Road
The Avenues Office Park

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Rivonia
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Email:
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086 111 3500

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You have the power to make a change

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International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a month where you could use your power to make a change.
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While the survival rate of SA has gradually increased over the past few years to about 55%, it is still well below the rate of developed countries (of 80 to 90%) and the WHO GICC 2030 goal of at least a 60% survival rate. In addition to this, statistics indicate that we may be missing some children and teens (who are either never diagnosed, misdiagnosed or unreported).
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If you suspect that a child or teen might have cancer and you need help, CHOC is available to assist with the right process to refer a child. Be the change for those going through the childhood cancer journey and for those who have been newly diagnosed, together let us appreciate the lives of the survivors and finally, be a voice and educate communities about childhood cancer.  

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We ask you to challenge your colleagues to add their voices and destigmatise childhood cancer, in your personal capacity and utilising the company’s platforms either internally or on social media, to help us spread simple but life changing messages. Record a one-minute video with your company background. Read more by clicking here.

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Meet Zimvo, mother of Othalive, the face on our September Campaign

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My name is Zimvo and I am a 24-year old mother to a son named Othalive. He is now  1 year 8 months old.

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My son was diagnosed with cancer called Retinoblastoma, this cancer is found in the eyes. Otha lost his eye to this type of cancer on the 4th of December 2019.

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He started chemotherapy at Frere hospital in January 2020
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I didn’t know what CHOC house was at first when Dr. Matthews explained and said CHOC is a house for children with cancer and their mothers. Okay. When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect, but found a beautiful house full of life, lots of toys   and things to play with.
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Even with COVID-19 at the CHOC house, we were still comfortable we knew we were safe because the house was looked after, it was clean and we were given sanitisers in every corner from the toilet and to the dining area. We were given masks for us and our children. Pictures on the wall were posted for the little ones to see that they needed to always wash hands.

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We had a wonderful stay at the CHOC house, a place to regroup and be with other mothers who will make you feel better about your situation, it was nice to be around women who have been through the same situation as you have. Winter was the warmest we ever had, with warm water and lovely knitted socks and hats, oh and little blankets for the children.

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I spent a lot of time there with my son, he grew up there he learnt how to speak there, how to ride a scooter there, how be around other kids. CHOC for my son was his real home because that’s where he spent most of his time.

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Thank you CHOC East London for the home away from home you have given us, and thank you Vuyo for making it a place to find our self and enjoy.

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Discovery Vitality MoveToGive

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Thank you Discovery Vitality for believing in the imperative work that CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA does. We are so grateful for this partnership!
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The world-class Neverland Peter Pan Theatre Production kicked off at Canal Walk on 25 June 2022 and ran for the duration of the June school holidays. Tickets were sold at R100 each and R5 of each ticket sold was donated to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.
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Thank you so much to each and every person for spending the day with us, to everyone that gave freely of their time, Lizette Volkwyn, Stephanie Baartman, David Louw. To Eileen Van Tonder Jordan and Xichavo,  thank you for sharing your journey with us. To the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg thank you for spoiling us.” – Antonella Swanepoel

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East London

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Thank you to all organisers, sponsors and supporters involved in making the Come Dine With Me fundraiser a successful event and memorable experience. We are truly grateful to be the beneficiary of this event.
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Please visit our CHOC East London Facebook Group to view more amazing photos and videos.

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CHOC Walk up Sani Pass

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Thank you to all who participated in the CHOC walk up Sani Pass in person or virtually.

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Comrades

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We are immensely grateful to Comrades Marathon for choosing us as one of your charities of choice, thank you for the opportunity we love being a part of this amazing event.
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Upcoming Events

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CHOC Webinar – Boldly Creating Hope
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June Newsletter

The role nutritional support plays in children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder

A message from Lawrence Mbuyane, a CHOC Social Worker at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital 

The majority of children diagnosed with childhood cancer are from lower socioeconomic family backgrounds.  The lack of resources often becomes a huge challenge which can hinder the success of treatment.

The journey of cancer does not only require medical and psychological intervention, but it also involves other important elements of the healing process such as a balanced diet. Without a balanced diet, despite all interventions in place, the healing process cannot be possible. Medical studies have revealed that children who are malnourished are unable to tolerate the effects of chemotherapy and as a result may not have a successful outcome, when they could have had an opportunity to survive if they had good nutritional support. So, by making nutritional support a standard practice to children diagnosed with cancer, it minimises the risks of children passing away and helps them with chemotherapy drug tolerance and results in a higher survival rate.

Proper food may seem like just a meal, but it is not. Food or nutritional support form the basis of positive outcomes in cancer treatment.

For CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, providing nutritional support to families of children diagnosed with cancer does not only influence a positive healing process of the child, but also positively contributes to the larger family’s food security.

Yours in Hope,
Lawrence

Food for Thought

Our food assistance is critical for children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder.

So what does this mean in our CHOC Houses…
At our CHOC houses caregivers alternate in cooking meals. Many caregivers sometimes insist on cooking even when it’s someone else’s turn. For breakfast, it is usually maize meal porridge or bread with peanut butter and jam. Sometimes boiled or scrambled eggs. Lunch is also provided and often depends on what the families feel like eating. Dinner consists of either Phuthu, rice, dumplings or Samp with a different gravy or curry for each. Sometimes chicken or lamb curry, beans and chutney. The popular favourite at the house is brown beans and dumplings.

In other cases, the preparation of meals is no ordinary affair. Caregivers like to experiment by trying out different recipes that they have found on the internet; curries, desserts and muffins. If the results turn out well, everyone gets to enjoy the meal and if not, we have a good laugh and still enjoy the beautifully ruined meal.

Because their children are going through such a difficult time, many of the caregivers find cooking to be therapeutic more than just a chore. Many families are also grateful for the nutritious meals offered by CHOC, that they otherwise would not get in their own homes. Our food program remains important for this very reason.

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KwaZulu-Natal Region

Join us this Mandela Day

Help us keep our tummies full!

CHOC has seven regional offices offering services and support to the nine provinces of South Africa. The regions are demographically positioned to ensure that we reach every child, teenager and their family battling cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder in South Africa.

Join us this month and help each region tick off the food items on their wishlist for Mandela Day.

Click here to view each regions wishlist.

Share this campaign: #GiveWhatYouCAN #DonateToCHOC #CHOCSA #childhoodcancer
Read more about Food for Thought here

Thank you Old Mutual!

“Old Mutual is honoured to be a part of this worthy initiative! The support that CHOC provides to the kids and their families is truly admirable and we are overjoyed to be helping CHOC through their journey.” – Samika Ramtahal, Group Tax Young Executive Board


The reality of childhood cancer from a house supervisor in KZN

Childhood cancer is not pretty. Its hurts physically and leaves devastation in its wake. It’s a tsunami that ravages everything in its path.

I was busy doing a frosty design on our glass doors at CHOC so that the children and adults do not sustain serious injuries by walking into the glass, the day I met 7-year-old Apalile.  Just coming from radiation, she was drowsy, she could not walk, and she was as thin as a rake.  Apalile looked me up and down and asked me to keep quiet when I greeted her.

Apalile has an inoperable brain tumour on her cerebral cortex. To be exact it’s the anterior insular cortex. This part of the brain is responsible for empathy. This is the impact of the tumour on her personality. She is on chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumour.

Prior to her diagnosis, she was a sweet little girl and then her behavior changed. The pressure of the tumor on her brain made her lose her empathy. She has no idea that she is cold and hurtful and lacks compassion and she says everything with a broad smile. Her character is amazing!

On Friday I walked into the lounge to visit her, and I could not believe, how thin she looked, and she was shaking. I asked her mom what was wrong, and she said Apalile refused to eat. So, I started to chat with her and asked her what she feels like eating and she asked for a particular brand of cereal and ice cream. This was duly purchased and today the team tells me she is her bright and chirpy self.

Whilst she at CHOC, she will enjoy all the services that we offer and we have to make exceptions when there is a child in need. We will love her and laugh with her. Support her mom and keep them going, just like we do with every child that walks through our door.

Ways to get involved

Upcoming Events

Join us at one of our many events throughout South Africa, from online webinars to Crazy Cow events, to help us make a difference!

Neuroblastoma – CPD Webinar 6 July View Details
Leukaemia / Lymphoma – CPD Webinar 3 August View Details
Come Dine with Me 3 August View Details
Sani Pass 6 August View Details
Comrades Marathon 28 August View Details

Peter Pan will be brought to life at Canal Walk, come watch with us!

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Ultra runner Sewell gears up to run 1 800 kilometres to the Comrades for CHOC

While thousands of runners prepare for the 2022 Comrades Marathon on Sunday 28 August, a solitary runner dressed in the distinctive running kit of The Cows will leave Cape Town nineteen days before the world’s biggest ultra-marathon in an attempt to complete twenty Comrades Marathons back-to-back as part of his quest to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.

44 year old Johannesburg adventurer Mike Sewell is aiming to raise R1 million by completing the staggering feat, and in the process complete the arduous 1,800km challenge that he and five others failed to get right in 2018.

Sewell got further than any of the other runners on what they dubbed The Long Road to Comrades, managing to complete a total of 1,100 kilometres over 20 days.

Now, inspired by the chance to make a real impact on the lives of children confronting cancer, he wants to try again, and says he is wiser than he was four years ago.

“I had seen The Cows at other events and they intrigued me,” said Sewell. “On connecting with them it just all felt right. Great energy, great community and of course – a great cause. I’ll be treating the charity element as a second parallel project – as big as the run.”

Sewell is adamant that the monumental challenge of doing twenty consecutive Comrades’ can be achieved, and he wants to remedy the disappointment of 2018.

“Mostly The Long Road to Comrades V2.0 is about unfinished business,” he said. “ I’ve always challenged myself with ever growing challenges and this one still needs to be conquered. I love testing my limits, both physically and mentally and I relish in the adventure of a task this big.

“The best part about a second attempt is the benefit of experience. And with such a big challenge, that experience is invaluable. There are a few very significant changes that I have made from the first attempt.

“Firstly, quitting is not an option. It was too easy to get in the support van last time. This won’t be an option this year. I will just have to suck it up.

“Then, keep moving forward! We spent too much time in 2018 not moving forward. This time, only lunch and CHOC house visits will be static stops. All other non-running events in the day must be “rolling”.

“This run will be a solo effort. The task is so big that it needs the focused effort of a team to get one person over the line. I hope to eliminate additional dynamics and challenges that come with multiple runners.

“Then I have fine-tuned everything for success,” he added. “From flattening the route to adding a masseuse to an acute focus on nutrition and even being aware of the road camber.

“But vitally the charity element gives me an additional reason if not THE reason to finish this thing!” he concluded.

Anyone keen to support Sewell on The Long Road to Comrades V2.0 can make a contribution via his fundraising account at http://info.choc.org.za/e/879152/ildhood-cancer-foundation-choc/kjz82/182041954?h=ORRpCBCQJoKii08nm7VV6yHCw0r-CfRWyRt6ifJQrRA

More information about The Cows can be found at www.thecows.co.za

​​​​From the Pasture,
Daisy

July Newsletter


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Children need complete balanced nutrition for adequate growth, neurodevelopment and a strong immune system. Nutrition is therefore very important during cancer treatment as the child has to cope with cancer treatment as well as nutrition-related side effects to prevent malnutrition and infections.
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Neutropenia, is a side-effect of cancer treatment that makes a child very susceptible to infections, therefore food safety is very important and take-aways must be avoided during this time. It is best described in 4 categories:

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Thank you for supporting us this Mandela Day 
​​​​​​​​​“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
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​​​​​​​​​Mandela Day, a day the United Nation chose to honour the late President on his birthday. Instead of celebrating his birthday to honour him, Madiba called on the people of the world to honour him by helping their communities.
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​​​​​​​​​We had an incredible day with so many generous people sharing their valuable time with us across our CHOC regions. Thank you to everyone who spent the day with us! It is never too late to share the hope, give what you can by visiting this this link:
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CHOC Northern Region shares with you:

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“A single mother of a three year old boy diagnosed with Retinoblastoma reported that she never expected so much generosity when they started treatment. Having three children and being unemployed is the most devastating thing one can go through.  As a family they only depend on child support grant to meet their financial needs.  However, with the help from CHOC in the form of a food parcel, she is able to provide for her children.
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​​​​​​​​​Bonginkosi Masuku, CHOC Child and Family Support Counsellor – Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

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Join us at one of our many events throughout South Africa, from online webinars to Crazy Cow events, to help us make a difference!

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Spot run for Comrades

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Kenneth started spot run during lockdown when we were all confined to our four walls. During this time, Kenneth realised that there were numerous health benefits from this type of activity and has chosen to share it with others. 

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Why has he chosen to raise funds for CHOC?

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“I am passionate about spreading awareness when it comes to cancer and CHOC is the right organisation that I want to help through enduring 90km on the same spot which was born as a result of preparing for my 2020 Comrades since we had restrictions that prevented us from training on the road after the COVID-19 outbreak.”
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