2010 – a winning year for CANSA
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has been rated as one of South Africa’s most trusted and admired NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisation) operating in the country. This is according to the 2010 Ask Africa Trust Barometer results – an annual survey reporting on corporate trust and reputation in the South African market, based on peer review. Photo right: Sue Janse van Rensburg, CEO of CANSA.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund was rated number one, followed by World Wide Fund, Cotlands Baby Sanctuary, CANSA and Gifts of the Givers. The Trust Barometer is based on a peer review of 200 interviews and measures the perceptions of CEOs, EXCO and senior managers reporting directly to EXCO of JSE listed companies. The same respondents are also asked to nominate the most admired and trusted NGOs in SA.
As the only benchmark of its kind in the country, the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer provides a valuable report on the most trusted and admired NGOs, companies and leaders in South Africa.
“The mere fact that CANSA has been nominated by these CEOs and Directors is an honour, but to earn a spot under the top five most admired and trusted NGOs, is a huge achievement for us,” says CANSA CEO, Sue Janse van Rensburg. “We thank our staff members, volunteers and partners who have been working tirelessly to ensure we stay the most preferred NPO in South Africa.”
This accolade follows shortly after CANSA was also awarded the 2010 South African NGO Web Award by South African NGO Network (SANGONeT). CANSA was nominated along with 11 other NPOs and shares the winning spot with Habitat for Humanity and the Wits Foundation. CANSA has been commended for its smart branding, quality educational information and the only website using social medium networks to raise funds.
“Our website allows our volunteers and clients to engage with us, providing a platform for information sharing, educating the public and also to share your story in the fight against cancer. Donations are made easy and safe via our online facility,” added Van Rensburg.
The year 2010 has highlighted CANSA as a leading non-profit in its field. Earlier this year, CANSA was awarded the 2009 ‘World No Tobacco Day’ Achievement award presented by World Health Organization (WHO) in recognition of CANSA’s accomplishments in the fight against tobacco use in SA. Other awards include:
- CANSA West Gauteng received the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ROCCI) ‘2010 Community Support Organisation’, as well as the Silver ‘Lady Rocci Community Service’ awards.
- CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Nicus Lodge was awarded the 2010 ‘Excellence in Service Delivery Award’ presented by the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
CANSA offers a unique, integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer. As a leading role-player in cancer research (R4,5 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.
- In the last year, CANSA’s 156 support groups provided a wide range of emotional and practical support to over 9 500 cancer survivors and their families.
- Approximately 2 800 trained volunteers assisted us with support services to 6 930 patients and 2700 caregivers supported over 92 800 bedridden patients (providing physical and emotional support as well as medical equipment).
- A total of 3 204 patients were accommodated while undergoing treatment at our CANSA Care Homes.
- Over 568 000 pamphlets (available in English, Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu) and 11 500 posters were distributed in support of our education programmes during awareness campaigns.
We fight cancer by making the public aware of the importance of early detection of cancer that enables more effective treatment and a better chance of recovery. This is achieved by our cancer screening clinics. CANSA recorded:
- 20 428 Pap smears to help detect cervical cancer
- 24 908 breast self-examinations (BSE) to help detect breast cancer
- 4 957 Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to help detect prostate cancer
- 5 904 skin examinations to help detect skin cancer