CANSA Highlights

Volunteers Help Improve CANSA

Afrikaanse Media Vrystelling

15 November 2018 – 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. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) says a special thank you for the selfless commitment volunteers have shown to those affected by cancer, throughout the year.

Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO says, “As a non-profit organisation, CANSA relies heavily on its trained volunteers to help fight against cancer, in their local communities. We truly value our volunteers, many of whom have personally been affected by cancer, and assist staff throughout the country to educate local communities about awareness of the signs of cancer, the importance of regular cancer screening and living a balanced lifestyle to lower cancer risk. Our volunteers also provide care and support to cancer patients and loved ones, or assist with administrative or fundraising tasks. We simply would not have enough hands to deliver our service to those affected by cancer without our remarkable, dedicated volunteers.”

Those wishing to sign up as a volunteer can contact their local CANSA Care Centre or sign up online.

Filale Nkwanyana in the North West says,” I would like to thank CANSA for affording me the opportunity to be part of this phenomenal organisation. I lack words to describe the wonderful work CANSA does. Since joining, I have become aware of how deadly cancer can be and that a lot of people are not informed about the signs and symptoms of some of the common cancers. When doing the talks at the clinics and schools, I find it very fulfilling when people engage and show interest by asking questions. I feel that I am making a difference in people’s lives. I strongly believe that the work that I do is saving lives and I need to continue educating our people about cancer.”

And Rosalind Prinsloo from Port Elizabeth adds, “Being able to help others makes me forget about my own troubles. It is a wonderful thing to be part of a support group. I love being a volunteer and to help the cause against cancer and to be part of such an organisation is wonderful.”

CANSA empowers volunteers by providing suitable training. It also values the input of volunteers and recently conducted a Leader Volunteer Survey to get feedback from volunteers regarding their experience with CANSA. In this way volunteers help to improve what CANSA offers to those affected by cancer. One of its goals, based on feedback from the survey, is to try harder to match volunteers to services we need them to provide, by taking a closer look at their past training, experience and skills.

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About CANSA

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.

Queries CANSA

Visit www.cansa.org.za,or contact CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email info@cansa.org.za – 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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