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.


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!

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.


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!


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


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

17 September

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CHOC Cyclethon

18 September

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CHOC Webinar – Boldly Creating Hope

28 September

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​​​T​​​o view more upcoming events, please click here​​

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

​​​​​​Syringa Building

[email protected]

086 111 3500

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