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Our Hope: to see every child celebrate the holidays with their loved ones.

We would like to send as many children home this holiday season because it gives them a chance to spend time with their loved ones and celebrate the festive season. Christmas is a special time of the year, when we share joy, gratitude, and hope with our family and friends. It is also a time of healing when we can find comfort and strength in each other’s presence and support.

For children with cancer, going home for the Festive Season can make a big difference in their well-being and recovery. It can help them feel normal, happy, and hopeful. It can also reduce their stress, loneliness, and anxiety. It will also create precious memories that they can cherish for a lifetime.

That’s why we at CHOC would like as many of our children to go home for the festive season. We know how important it is for them and their families to be together during this difficult time. We also understand how challenging it can be for many of them to afford the travel costs.

That’s why we are asking for your help to make this possible. You can donate to send a child home here. Your donation will help us cover the costs of public transport for our children and their caregivers. 

 

Thank you for helping CHOC give them a gift of love and hope. Thank you for making a difference in this season of giving.

From the heart of a parent staying at our CHOC

house in the Northern Region

“We would like to thank you all for welcoming us when we were down and didn’t know what to do because of my son’s condition. You welcomed us and made this journey an easier one. You never looked down on us. You made us believe that there is a second chance in life even though there is cancer. I was lost, but you made me feel like I was at my second home – you were my second family.

To my social worker – I took all my burdens to you, but you never judged me nor lost hope in my son and me. You kept me going and encouraged me in everything. To the kitchen staff – I appreciate everything you have done for us. I don’t remember my son and I ever going to bed with an empty stomach. You made sure that our stomachs were always full. To the transport staff – thank you very much for driving us to and from the hospital for treatment. To the office staff – your smiles and words of encouragement healed my son, and I really don’t know how to thank you all, but all I can say is: May the good Lord bless you more and more. You are indeed very good people, and I am glad that I came across such beautiful souls. I love you all and I will always remember you.”


Help CHOC to send families Home for the Holidays. It is such a special time and should be shared together with your loved ones! You can make a difference by donating to our Transport Programme!

 

Make a donation to our Transport Programme here

Raising Awareness and Inspiring Hope

Every child deserves a chance to live a healthy and happy life. But for some children, this chance is threatened by a silent enemy: childhood cancer. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children under 15 years old in South Africa. Many children are diagnosed too late, when the cancer has already spread and the treatment options are limited. Many families struggle to cope with the emotional, physical, and financial challenges of caring for a child with cancer.

That’s why we at CHOC are committed to creating awareness and educating communities about the early warning signs of childhood cancer and how to access the best possible care. We believe that by empowering people with knowledge and skills, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by cancer.

Though our awareness and education programme CHOC trains various groups of people, such as healthcare professionals, healthcare workers, traditional practitioners, and community advocates, to identify the early warning signs of childhood cancer and to follow the correct referral pathways.

We also conduct awareness campaigns in schools, clinics, churches, and other public places.

We are proud of the impact we have made recently through our awareness and education programme. Here are some examples of our achievements:

  • In Harry Gwala district, our team gave talks at 22 different events including schools between July and September.

  • Our community-based trainer in Ehlanzeni trained 618 individuals.

  • We joined forces with the University of Limpopo Projects, the Limpopo Health Department, and Polokwane Tertiary Hospital in September to raise awareness about childhood cancer. The event was a huge success, with 1200 people in attendance and a keynote speech by the MEC for Health.

  • In Ekurhuleni, we trained 50 IMCI practitioners in September thanks to the renewed collaboration with the Gauteng department of Health.

  • We trained 20 Health Care Professionals from various units and department at Universitas in Bloemfontein.

  • We organised a roadshow in the Northern Cape where we visited Upington and Postmasburg.

  • Our four CHOC Community Trainers in the Western Cape reached 8522 community members in various venues between July and August.

  • A training session for 105 professional nurses took place in Umthatha.

These are just some of that show how we are creating awareness, and nurturing hope among our communities. We are grateful for the support and collaboration of our partners, donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries who make our work possible.

But we know that there is still much more to be done. Childhood cancer remains a serious threat that needs urgent attention and action. We need your help to continue our mission and reach more children and families in need.

Create awareness around childhood cancer

This is what you can do to make a difference in the lives of children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder:

  • 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. You can find this here.
  • Make a donation to assist CHOC help the families we support here.

Mama Brenda in training Home-based care workers at Makuyu Clinic, Musina.

Muzi Ngwenya gave a talk to a
school at Makuya Primary School.

 Sylvia Mdluli trained Health Care Professionals in Upington.

Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can save lives. Together, we are CHOC.

Mangaung Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk

On September 30th, the inaugural Mangaung Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk made its mark in Mangaung (Bloemfontein). Community members congregated at the Mangaung Sport Centre, commencing the 5km awareness walk adorned in various shades of gold. Under the careful watch of the Mangaung Traffic Department, the participants embarked on the 5km journey while prioritising safety.

The event was enriched by poignant testimony from a cancer survivor, who shared her personal journey and highlighted the invaluable role that CHOC played, leaving attendees inspired and instilled with hope.

Remembering our Children, the Story of CHOC’s 

Remembrance Services

CHOC Remembrance Service is a special event that honours the memory of children who have passed away from cancer. It is a time to share music, prayers, words and tears with other bereaved families and friends.

The service was initiated by Lynda Schutte, a nursery school teacher and a CHOC volunteer since the 1980s. Lynda used to work in the ward at the former Johannesburg Hospital, where she witnessed the pain and loss of many parents and children. In 1993, she started a committee with two bereaved mothers, Terry Kravitz and Wendy Muller to organise the first remembrance service which was held at Brescia House gardens. Since then, the service has been held every year, usually on the last Sunday in November.

The committee, has in the meantime grown and is mainly composed of bereaved mothers, but also includes older siblings and a social worker. They ensure that the service is sensitive and supportive to the needs of the families. The Remembrance service is being replicated in other regions of the country.

Lynda believes that these services are important to remember our children who have gone too soon. She says: “We want to celebrate their lives and acknowledge their impact on us. We want to let them know that they are not forgotten and that they will always be in our hearts.”

 

Loba Coffee: A Delicious and Generous Brew!

Do you love coffee? If so, you’ll be thrilled to hear about the “Sustainable Giving Initiative” launched by Famous Brands Coffee Company. They have teamed up with five amazing charities that focus on children’s rights, well-being, health, and education, including CHOC.

Famous Brands Coffee Company believes that children are our future and they deserve respect, love, and care. That’s why they are donating a portion of the sales of every bag of Loba Coffee to these worthy causes.

By buying Loba Coffee, you are not only enjoying a delicious brew, but also making a difference in the lives of many children in need. So don’t wait, order your Loba Coffee today.

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𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱

We are immensely grateful to the Comrades Marathon for once again selecting us as one of their esteemed charities. Being a part of this remarkable event holds immeasurable significance for us.

The Comrades Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive stands as a remarkable force, having raised over R71 million for charity over the last 27 years. This outstanding achievement is a testament to the incredible generosity of Comrades Marathon runners, supporters, sponsors, and the broader community. Their selfless contributions have been pivotal to the success of this charity drive.

The chosen charities encompass a diverse range of social and environmental causes, addressing early childhood development, wildlife and environmental awareness, conservation of protected areas, combating gender-based violence and child abuse, as well as offering support for childhood cancer care and HIV/AIDS.

These organisations stand to significantly benefit from the CMA’s fundraising efforts over the upcoming three editions of the prestigious ultramarathon – the 2024, 2025, and 2026 races. It fills us with immense joy that CHOC has been selected once again. 

To each dedicated runner who has participated in past or intends to run in the future, we express our most sincere gratitude.

Your unwavering generosity will undoubtedly impact numerous lives, and for this, our appreciation knows no bounds.

 

To receive more information about running The Comrades, contact Daisy from the CHOC Cows here.

Give a Gift that Matters

Are you looking for a meaningful and unique gift for your loved ones this Christmas? Do you want to support a great cause while making a child smile? If so, you should check out the CHOC merchandise that is available online.

CHOC is a non-profit organisation that provides support to children with cancer and their families. CHOC also raises awareness and advocates for early detection and access to treatment. By buying CHOC merchandise, you are helping to improve the lives of many children in need.

You can choose from a variety of CHOC branded items, such as hats, mugs water bottles and lunch boxes.

CHOC merchandise is a great way to support CHOC. You can order your CHOC merchandise online at www.choc.org.za. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the many children that CHOC supports. Order your CHOC merchandise today and join us in creating awareness and nurturing hope.


What’s Coming up:

Western Cape

Vintage High Tea

Join CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, Western Cape Region and Lancet Laboratories as we present a year-end Vintage High Tea fundraising event on Saturday, 4 November 2023. 

Click Here for More Information

Western Cape

Ayesha’s Weekend Aways

Ayesha Alexander has organised a generous initiative to support our Western Cape Region. Not only will you and your family enjoy a wonderful, family-friendly vacation, but you will also make a positive impact on the lives of the families we serve.  Click Here for More Information


Nationwide

Flip Flop Day 2024

Flip Flop Day is around the corner, mark your calendars to flip out for a good cause on Friday the 23rd of February 2024!  Contact: [email protected] for more information!

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