Reaching another fiscal year, I stand back and look at an amazing year of accomplishments for CHOC Northern Region. Accomplishments that would not have been possible without the enormous support we have received from individuals and the business communities who support CHOC through gifts and kind, financial donations and childhood cancer awareness raising opportunities through corporate talks, school assembles and exhibitions.
Raising awareness is of vital importance. In South Africa childhood cancer survival rate is close to 50% where in developed countries survival rate is between 75% - 80%. Children with cancer reach our specialised treatment centres at late stages and we as a community need to promote the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer from metropolitan to rural areas to ensure early detection. Training and education is a core programme of CHOC and this coming year CHOC Northern Region is planning to actively reach out to our communities as far as Limpopo and Mpumalanga to spread this important message. Please contact Antonella Swanepoel if you would like to hear more about our plans or would like to support this programme: firstname.lastname@example.org
The success of being able to deliver sustainable integrated support programmes to the children and families affected by childhood cancer or life-threatening blood disorders relies on the financial support from individual and business communities. I would like to thank each of our donors for their kind support from gifts in kind to a monthly or adhoc financial contribution that has assisted us in being able to continue offering our crucial programs. These include our home away from away (accommodation), transport assistance and practical support (food parcels, bereavement support). Your contribution has assisted us in alleviating the emotional and financial stress of the families that face a long and difficult period in their lives.
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We welcome our new team member, Notshanti Mabhoza, CHOC Northern Region’s Child & Family Support Counsellor. Notshanti looks forward to offering the children and their families’ CHOC’s additional psychosocial support.
“Together we keeping more than hope alive”.