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CANSA's Holistic Cancer Care & Support

CANSA Making Mandela Day Count for cancer Survivors

Afrikaanse Media Vrystelling

6 July 2018 – This year marks 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth #Mandela100, and CANSA is making Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2018 count for cancer Survivors. #BeTheLegacy #CANSACares

“Our staff and volunteers country-wide, are appealing for donations towards CANSA Care packs to deliver to cancer patients at local hospitals, CANSA Care Homes and CANSA TLC Lodges on 18 July and during the course of that week. CANSA is hoping to deliver a minimum of 100 Care packs per Care Centre,” says CANSA Head of Service Delivery, Gerda Strauss.

Strauss continues, “Cancer is a huge burden to bear, but many cancer patients have the added burden of poverty to bear as well. We aim to bring relief and inspire Hope through our CANSA Care packs. We also welcome donations at local CANSA Care Centres, and also enquire regarding participating in visits to patients.”

Items required to assemble CANSA Care packs include facecloths, soap, hand sanitiser, toothbrush, pocket tissues and a juice bottle. A full list can be found on the CANSA website. 

CANSA is requesting assistance to help with the running of local CANSA Care Homes. Items may be donated or services volunteered to enable cancer Survivors staying at Care Homes to receive optimum care. View detailed wish lists for CANSA Care Homes.

CANSA provides home-away-from-home accommodation to patients undergoing cancer treatment at oncology clinics, far from their homes. Guests at CANSA Care Homes are mainly radiation patients due to the daily demand of treatment and stay for an average of six to eight weeks. Patients receive nutritious meals and transport to and from treatment centres.

Strauss concludes, “Our Survivors and patients, especially the little and younger ones would also be so happy to receive any messages of hope or words of inspiration as part of their care packs.”

Those who are not able to spend time with CANSA on the day, or contribute towards CANSA Care Packs, are welcome to make a general donation online, which will be used towards support programmes for patients.

For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email or call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.


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.

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Visit,or contact CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email – follow CANSA on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 0721979305 for English and Afrikaans, and 0718673530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati.


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