As 2016 comes to an end, we take a closer look at what we have achieved through collective efforts. Through, your generous support as an individual or corporate donor; volunteer, external fundraiser, affinity partner or alliance member you have assisted us in obtaining 13,723 bed nights at our 12 homes-away-from home showing a positive growth of 6, 7% in bed nights and CHOC has spent R4, 250,745 on the running costs and maintenance of the accommodation facilities.
We assisted 7394 families with transport assistance to a value of R449, 815.50. Our transport fund ensures children can go home and return for follow-up treatment. We give care bags to all newly diagnosed children. During the past year we gave out 773 care bags, assisted 453 families with food parcels / vouchers and assisted 93 families with funeral funds to the value of R42, 830. Some regions provide food (“padkos”) for families when they return home. Families are also provided with sandwiches, muffins and sometimes soup when they come to clinics for treatment or follow up treatments.
Parental and Family support in the hospitals and at the CHOC houses / lodges is ongoing. We employed a team of 5 Social Workers and 2 Social Auxiliary workers that provide full time psychosocial support in paediatric oncology wards, the past year we supported +/- 19 000 beneficiaries.
Emotional support by parents of children previously diagnosed with cancer and a team of trained volunteers grew, we have trained 118 ward volunteers. There are a total of 14 trained volunteers who work in the CHOC Houses / Lodges.
Public awareness about CHOC and childhood cancer was conducted in all the regions. During the past year we had 175 talks at schools, churches, universities, communities, 7 TV appearances, 37 mall drives, open and wellness days; 59 radio interviews; 94 written media articles; 75 external fundraising events in aid of CHOC and we distributed 26 regional newsletters.
During Aug 2016 CHOC trained 15 trainees as SETA accredited Trainers and on “Sharing advocacy and awareness in communities”. This knowledge and expertise will take the Awareness Programme at CHOC to the next level. New Early Warning Signs (EWS) pamphlets and posters have been designed, the content approved by the South Africa Children’s Cancer Study Group (SACCSG) and endorsed by the National Department of Health. Since CHOC started the training and education campaign in 2011 to date we have trained 18124 health professionals, health care workers and traditional healers on the early warning signs of childhood cancer.
In advocating for those whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, we had influence on the National Cancer Control Strategy and especially on the chapter for childhood cancer.
Our Annual Review and audited financial statements will be up on our website soon. Please visit to view or download.