CANSA Celebrates International Volunteers Day
14 November 2014: Celebrate International Volunteers Day on the 5th of December 2014 with CANSA – a day dedicated to show appreciation to all volunteers who give of their time, skills and money to help people in need.
CANSA’s Acting CEO, Elize Joubert says, “Oscar Wilde once said that ‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention’ and that is exactly what our CANSA Volunteers do. With small (and big) gestures along with the dedication of their time, our Volunteers are changing the lives of those affected by cancer.”
CANSA Needs Volunteers
CANSA needs the support of Volunteers to reach the communities in South Africa, to help provide its care and support service. More than 6 000 Volunteers help 500 communities and reach approximately 14 000 cancer patients and their families.
“International Volunteers Day is a great opportunity to thank all Volunteers for the tremendous work and support they give. CANSA Care Centres around the country host Volunteer gatherings on this day to salute and acknowledge their valuable contribution in helping to create a world without cancer,” continues Joubert.
See what CANSA staff did to celebrate Volunteers:
CANSA Volunteers Share
Dorothy Masiane (62), breast cancer Survivor and CANSA Phakamisa Navigator, explains, “CANSA supported me through counselling while going through my cancer journey and gave me the opportunity to volunteer as a Phakamisa navigator; in order to uplift other patients and to educate my community about cancer. I love being around people, helping to save lives and educating how to do self-breast examinations to both men and women and to teach them that when they feel something in the breast or when they realise any changes in their bodies, to come forward. I’ve realised that most men and women don’t talk about their health and we try to help them with that. It’s my pleasure to see some of them trying to change the way they see things.”
“I’ve gained a lot of experience working with people – teaching and helping them learn how to live their lives with and through cancer. To me this work is like peeling an onion – there are more layers to discover and explore. It also helps teach me and my entire family on how we should lead healthy lives. While doing presentations, I’m not so afraid anymore to stand in front of a lot people and say something. It actually helps me be the best ‘Lucas’ ever, all thanks to CANSA and the Movember Foundation programme. I love helping people and getting them to talk about their health,” tells Lucas Pelompe, a Movember Navigator in Rustenburg.
Says Michelle Apperley, CANSA Newcastle Volunteer, “Sometimes you only realise that you have the potential to change peoples’ lives, when given the opportunity to give your experiences to those around you.”
Apperley believes there is so much you can do for a cancer patient, be it cutting their grass, fetching their post or buying groceries, cooking a meal, taking them to the doctor, or phoning to see if they are alright. “It doesnt’ matter what your gender, age or race is, cancer can affect us all, as volunteering can”.
Another CANSA Newcastle Volunteer, Lutfiya Peer says, “This experience has changed my outlook on life and the way I view people around me. Helping others has made me realise how privileged I am.” Read more…
Become a CANSA Volunteer Today!
CANSA encourages all to join the fight against cancer and become a CANSA Volunteer:
- Sign up on the CANSA website or at your local CANSA Care Centre and help with care and support or fundraising projects
- See FAQs for Volunteers…
- Or make an online donation to enable CANSA to train volunteers in patient & home-based care…