We, at the office, cannot believe that a whole year has come and almost gone. In terms of our programmes, we have continued to provide quality services to the children and their families. We have worked hard to improve various aspects of our work. These include growing our survivor programme, of which you can find further information below. Our goal in the next year, is to grow the number of parents involved in our Parent Supporting Parent Programme so that we can provide increased support to parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer and life threatening blood disorders. Further information can be found further down in the newsletter. We have started the process of implementing a “Beads of Hope” pilot programme at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre. This programme lets the children record, tell and own their story of bravery and hope during their treatment process.
The Gauteng Region is very fortunate to have a strong volunteering programme. Over 100 in-hospital volunteers provide a number of services at the three treatment centres in Johannesburg. These include assisting in the procedure room to entertaining the children with a variety of fun filled activities. Other volunteers assisted at the CHOC Houses, in the garden and at various fundraising events. We value the dedication of our volunteers, and are grateful for their input and commitment to the organisation, children and the families with whom we work.
We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who sponsored, assisted with, and participated in many fundraising initiatives. Our donors have been instrumental in allowing us to pursue our vision of “keeping more than hope alive”. Lastly, our thanks to the medical staff in the hospitals. We admire your strength, courage and determination in providing holistic are to children living with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders.
We take this opportunity of wishing everybody a happy and healthy holiday season.
From all at CHOC Gauteng South