CANSA Volunteers Celebrated – Team Work Makes the Dream Work
17 November 2017: CANSA continues with the traditional, annual celebration of CANSA volunteers this International Volunteers Day in December 2017.
International Volunteers Day, celebrated annually on the 5th of December, was mandated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
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Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO says, “We’ve have learnt that volunteers come from all walks of life, but they all have these things in common: willing, caring hearts and hands ready to serve. They really do help us with our dream of building a world without cancer by giving time and energy for the benefit of others in their community, as a social responsibility, rather than for any financial reward.”
As a non-profit organisation, CANSA relies heavily on its approximately 7 000 trained volunteers to help fight against cancer, in their local communities. CANSA celebrates International Volunteer Day by hosting special functions country-wide at CANSA Care Centres, to acknowledge and thank these selfless individuals and also to raise awareness about their significant role in the fight against cancer.
“Our volunteers are valued and appreciated assets, helping staff across the country, to educate local communities about the importance of awareness of the signs of cancer, regular cancer screening and living a balanced lifestyle to lower the cancer risk. They also provide care and support to cancer patients and loved ones, or assist with administrative or fundraising tasks,” adds Joubert.
Volunteers Often Personally Affected by Cancer
Volunteers have often been personally affected by cancer – either being cancer Survivors themselves or knowing someone who is. Others simply seek to help relieve the cancer burden in their communities. Volunteering also provides the opportunity to learn many skills that can be added to a CV and carried into a career, including leadership, meeting management, counselling, event organising and communication skills.
Sharon Fransman, CANSA volunteer explains, “Often cancer Survivors are just looking for someone who is willing to listen. When you volunteer you become one of the most important companions on their cancer journey.”
CANSA volunteers are selected, trained and supported by staff. They can choose to serve where their strengths lie. Training is provided regarding health promotion, patient care and support, advocacy, fundraising as well as marketing and admin.
Joubert concludes. “CANSA needs volunteers to partner with us in local communities. We invite you to get involved where you live, by signing up at your local CANSA Care Centre or signing up online via CANSA website.”
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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.
Visit www.cansa.org.za or contact CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email email@example.com – 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.