Have a heart, support CHOC in cancer fight

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Visit Hemingways for Childhood Cancer Day

HAVE a heart for children with cancer this International Childhood Cancer Day and visit Hemingways Mall to support Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) this weekend.

Tomorrow and Saturday, CHOC will be making available hearts, as well as art items for one to decorate the hearts with, at R10 each.

People would also be able to write messages on the hearts which will then be pinned onto hanging nylon to show love and support for kids with cancer.

One will also get a heart patch to wear for one’s support when purchasing the message heart.

International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15 is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.

“Today [Thursday], a group of Stirling Primary School kids will visit the children’s ward at Frere Hospital with hearts from 2pm and we hope it will bring cheer to the patients,” regional manager at CHOC Debbie Kleinenberg said.

Supporting and raising awareness on childhood cancer is an annual thing for CHOC and school kids also usually get involved by supporting other children with the disease.

“It is a day after Valentine’s Day and we just want people to spread love to those who need it. Many schools are having civvies days and funds raised from this will go to CHOC,” Kleinenberg said.

According to CHOC, it is estimated that about 250000 children throughout the world get cancer each year, but that only 20% receive adequate treatment and care.

So show your support on February 15 to ensure more is done to give treatment to more children.

BRAVE FIGHTER: Show your support for children suffering from cancer on International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15. Courtney Weyer, in blue, has shown that you are never too young to beat cancer but has done so with great support from from her family, including mom, Charmaine, and big sister Carmen Picture: FILE

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