In highlighting Children’s Cancer Awareness Month, CHOC staff and volunteers will be hosting talks at churches and schools across East London and the Eastern Cape.
CHOC Regional Manager in the Eastern Cape, Debbie Kleinenberg, said the team would be educating communities about cancer in children and its warning signs.
“September is the gold ribbon month which marks the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is recommended that parents pay close attention to the development of any unusual symptoms and signs and learn the early warning of childhood cancer,” she said.
Kleinenberg added that many childhood cancers had much higher survival rates when diagnosed early and childhood cancers were sometimes overlooked or misdiagnosed because early symptoms were mistakenly attributed to more common injuries or illnesses.
“The ribbon is to be worn throughout the month of September. You can also join in by wearing any gold items and share your images with us on our social media pages. This will go a long way in highlighting the disease and give hope to those battling cancer around the world,” she said. She added that on the SABC 3 Expresso morning and afternoon shows, they were featuring CHOC. and interviewing various people affected by children’s cancer.
Gold ribbons are sold at R20 each while gold shopping bags are R100. All items can be purchased at the CHOC office in Beacon Bay.
For more information on the initiative please call: 043-748-5215