Cansa fund-raiser to boost care cen­tres

Go! & Express - - NEWS - AMANDA NANO

THE Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa (Cansa) stands to ben­e­fit from a na­tional project, “Sup­port­ing Cansa is a piece of cake” in a bid to en­hance sup­port pro­grammes at their care cen­tres.

East Lon­don's Cansa Com­mu­nity Mo­biliser of Fund De­vel­op­ment Michelle God­dard said it was orig­i­nally a re­gional project called “Cuppa for Cansa”.

“Check­ers stores and in­di­vid­u­als could host an event where you could in­vite peo­ple to come and have a cup of cof­fee and cake and the pro­ceeds from that went to the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” God­dard said.

Sho­prite Check­ers pub­lic­ity brand man­ager An­gelique Wag­ner said their long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Cansa has en­abled them to raise over R7-mil­lion with in-store fund-rais­ing.

“Sho­prite and Check­ers will donate a por­tion of all cakes sold in their stores dur­ing the month of June to Cansa, mak­ing it eas­ier for the gen­eral public to sup­port Cansa,” Wag­ner said.

In terms of fund­ing chal­lenges, the re­gional of­fice does not re­ceive a di­rect gov­ern­ment sub­sidy – the main Cansa or­gan­i­sa­tion is given a 2% sub­sidy by the na­tional gov­ern­ment which it shares be­tween all its var­i­ous branches. This means that its re­gional of­fices are de­pen­dent largely on ex­ter­nal fundrais­ing in or­der to stay afloat.

Amath­ole Re­gion chair­man of Re­lay For Life, Wayne Weyer said na­tional projects such as Re­lay For Life saw the or­gan­i­sa­tion hon­our those cur­rently fight­ing can­cer, cel­e­brate sur­vivors and re­mem­ber those who had passed on.

“It's an overnight re­lay where we take turns to walk around an ath­let­ics track all night,” said Weyer

Rais­ing can­cer aware­ness in men is some­thing that the East Lon­don com­mu­nity can look for­ward to in Novem­ber.

“We have the Tool­box Trot that takes place at a golf course at night to raise aware­ness for tes­tic­u­lar and prostate can­cers, among other can­cers.

“The tool­box sym­bol­ises the male or­gans,” God­dard said.

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