Support Choc children

International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) will take place on February 15 and the East London community is encouraged to support this event.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA (Choc) also celebrates 40 years of its existence.

The organisation said it aims to improve survival rates through its training and awareness programmes done by health professionals.

“As the only organisation in South Africa that provides nationwide comprehensive support to children and teenagers with cancer, life-threatening blood disorders and their families, we strive to increase our reach every year,” said Choc CEO Carl Queiros said.

FEEL THE LOVE: The children at Fun @ 4 Preschool made beautiful hearts out of wood, ribbons and lots of love for the children at CHOC in support of International Childhood Cancer Day in 2017. The children also bought CHOC heart badges that they got to wear at school for R10 each. BKR Incorporated sponsored the materials for the lovely handmade hearts Picture: FILE/MADELEINE CHAPUT

The country has some of the lowest numbers numbers of survival rates when it comes to childhood cancer.

According to the organisation, about around 2,500 children were diagnosed every year but Choc could they could only reach about 1,500.

For those children the ones who were diagnosed, the survival rate is as low as 55%.

Choc regional manager Debbie Kleinenberg said ICCD badges, heart pins or bracelets could can be purchased to spread the message.

Chocolate slabs can also be bought to support the campaign.

“Participants of the campaign, who place a minimum order of R1,000, will be put into a lucky draw to win a R5,000 voucher donated by PNA Stationers.

“The lucky draw will take place on the March 1 2019,” Kleinenberg said.

For more information or to purchase ICCD material, contact EL Choc on 086-11-2109 or e-mail el@choc.org.za

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