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Wrapped in Hope ‘Pink Trees for Pauline’ Campaign with CANSA

22 July 2019Pink Trees for Pauline’s fresh new drive, ‘Doek with a Difference’ (a head wrap or scarf), in association with CANSA reached communities far and wide during its launch in 2018. Funds raised are used specifically for care and support programmes for cancer patients and those affected by cancer. #doekwithadifference

Gerda Strauss, CANSA Head of Service Delivery, stated, “Through the success of the 2018 Pink Tree’s campaign, CANSA was able to purchase a variety of medical equipment that our patients need, while receiving treatment and fighting cancer. Due to the number of patients we serve, we do not always have enough of these vital tools available. We are ecstatic that we were able to purchase 58 eggshell mattresses, a nebulizer, a syringe driver, an oxygen machine, 10 wheelchairs, 11 commodes, walking frames, urinals, bedpans, donut cushions and 10 sheepskins. We were also able to purchase much needed patient consumables such as wound care kits, 20 boxes of nappies and 36 boxes of meal replacements.”


The 2019 Pink Trees for Pauline campaign will, like last year, give the public and business sector double the opportunity to raise funds to support cancer patients in our communities.

Purchase the signature pink material or a stunning Doek and show your support. ‘Doek with a difference’ is an exciting way for the business sector to become involved to make a difference in the cancer communities of South Africa. The head wraps or scarves are sold for R70 each. They are also available in green. Pink fabric and ‘Doeks’ are available at all CANSA Care Centres country-wide.

“It is the support of this wonderful campaign that has allowed CANSA to do even more for our patients. We encourage the public to support us again this year with the wrapping of trees or wearing their trendy ‘Doeks’. This is motivation enough to get everyone involved with this cause. The “Doek with a Difference” initiative will run until 31 October 2019. All used material will be recycled by CANSA,” Strauss adds.

In 2018 Pink Trees for Pauline reached more than 100 towns with an estimated population of 4,5 million of which more than 75 % are from informal towns and poor resource families.

For more information about the 2019 Pink Trees for Pauline project, please contact Adri Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen on


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 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; 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 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

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Visit or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans and 071 867 3530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. Follow CANSA on Twitter: @CANSA (, join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA The Cancer Association of South Africa and follow CANSA on Instagram: @cancerassociationofsouthafrica and LinkedIn.


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