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Twenty seventeen started with a bang of many exciting events and activity plans filling up our annual calendar very early in the year. The support and assistance from our donors and local community has been tremendous. We are grateful for all their assistance and involvement in ensuring that we at CHOC East London, are able to support children with cancer and their families through our core programmes.  

Our core programmes and services include:

  • Psychosocial Support
  • Awareness Training and Education
  • Accommodation
  • Transport Assistance
  • Volunteers
  • Advocacy 

This quarter’s edition focuses on the involvement of childhood cancer survivors in our programmes, the transformation of Daisy – our CHOC Cow, Easter at the ward, Cousin going the extra mile for awareness and International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) 2017, a day where CHOC calls upon all South Africans to “Have a heart for children with cancer” –  which is CHOC’s annual national campaign. There are very inspiring articles to look forward to that will leave you with a smile.


Over the years our programmes have expanded to further meet the needs of our beneficiaries; under our Volunteer Programme we have a Parent Supporting Parent (PSP) Volunteer Programme which consists of a group of parents who have been through the childhood cancer journey. Selected parents are trained by the CHOC psychosocial team to volunteer support to parents of newly diagnosed children.  In East London this programme has been highly successful with the group being very active at notably supporting each other through the journey of their children’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Recently, we elected a regional committee which has the following functions and responsibilities: 

  • Advise the Regional Manager (RM) in matters relating to committee members’ areas of expertise. 
  • Assist the RM and staff with aspects of CHOC’s work in the region, especially on public awareness campaigns; the promotion of CHOC to the general public as well as specific groups (such as donors, local government and other civil society groups); and in raising funds. 
  • Assist the RM and staff in developing and maintaining good and mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders, such as hospitals and medical professionals involved in paediatric oncology, other parent bodies and survivor groups. 


Congratulations to our recently elected Chairman of the Eastern Cape Regional Committee  

Mbulelo Plaatjies and his committee members; Robyn Berry, Mandy Godfrey, Bronwyn Holloway, Dr Karla Thomas and Shaun Thornhill.

We are delighted to have them on board and we wish them well.

Thank you to all our donors and supporters who contribute to CHOC East London. There are too many donors and supporters to list, but on behalf of the children and families that we serve, we thank you for keeping more than hope alive.


Debbie Kleinenberg


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