Take #ActionAgainstPoverty this Nelson Mandela Day
28 June 2017 – Nelson Mandela Day calls on individuals, communities and corporates to make the world a better place – celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. CANSA calls on all to get involved by fulfilling the wish lists of the 11 CANSA Care Homes and various CANSA TLC Lodges across the country.
CANSA’s Head of Service Delivery, Gerda Strauss explains, “Many South Africans live in poverty and having cancer on top of that is a difficult situation that many cancer patients find themselves in. One way that we can help ease this burden is to encourage companies and people to assist by putting together some ‘Care kits or packages’ for our Care Homes where we host cancer patients who are undergoing cancer treatment, and parents of children undergoing treatment, via our CANSA TLC programme.”
She adds, “We need food, toiletries and general items to help support our cancer patients. By donating any of these items, we’ll be able to continue offering support to cancer patients and their families and assist to lighten the poverty.”
“If you’re not able to put a care package together, you can always donate R67 towards the care of a patient or CANSA’s support programmes by making a safe online donation on our website or at the nearest CANSA Care Centre. We encourage you to get involved this Mandela Day and help change a cancer patient’s life,” concludes Strauss.
How CANSA Will be Spending our 67 Minutes
CANSA as an organisation is also taking 67 minutes to care for those who spend their days caring for people with cancer and undergoing treatment – employees will visit oncology units, as well as cancer treatment facilities, to show their support for all the nurses and doctors dealing with cancer patients on a daily basis.
Strauss adds, “We know what it takes to support cancer patients on a daily basis, it’s not easy work. We believe in caring for the caregiver, because that is exactly what these medical professionals are – caregivers to cancer patients and Survivors. And we want to thank them for what they do to help the patient through their journey.”
Staff from the 30 CANSA Care Centres across the country will take 67 minutes out of their day on 18 July to visit treatment centres closest to them.
Find contact details for your nearest CANSA Care Home, to arrange for delivery of donated items or to arrange a visit to spend time with cancer Survivors.
CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually) and 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.
Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.
We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a Wellness Centre based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.