#EtchellsCares (All the staff and agents at Etchells & Young) filled up the donations box in the month of September in support of childhood cancer awareness month. We decided to bring all the donations to the young boys and girls diagnosed with cancer at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg on the 5th of October.
Our team dressed up as superheroes to treat the kids and put a smile on their face. We were expecting quite a sad experience, especially considering that these young individuals undergo a lot of emotional and mental trauma with regard to their treatments and the effects that it has their bodies. Our Etchells team had themselves prepared, mentally and emotionally.
As the team entered we were greeted with the biggest smiles from the nurses and staff and got the attention of all of the kids. Even with some of them still on IV’s or receiving chemo, they were excited for their treats. The strength that these brave little soldiers showed was unimaginable, they have a lust for life and are prepared to fight for it. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with these kids and the staff and nurses at the cancer ward. It is quite clear that the wards are kept in impeccable condition, from the cleanliness to the outside – jungle gym area. The fears we had going in were immediately eradicated when we walked through the doors. What a fantastic and eye-opening experience. I highly recommend a visit to this facility.
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is the only organisation in South Africa that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. In developed countries childhood cancer has largely become curable, with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% or higher whilst in South Africa the rate is closer to 50%. CHOC aims to ensure that more children in South Africa are cured and that the survival rate goes up.
For close on four decades their holistic approach has evolved to ensure children are diagnosed early, access to paediatric oncologist care, and are supported throughout the lengthy treatment phase, which can last up to three years. CHOC also promotes early detection and plays a leading advocacy role. Without CHOC, many children – particularly those from low-income households living far from treatment centres – would not be able to adhere to this necessary but arduous treatment path.
If you would like to be part of making a difference in a CHOC child’s life, see below their wish list:
Toiletries for their care bags
Home Essentials (kettles, bathroom matts, Pillows, irons, Cutlery, Crockery and blankets)
If you have anything else you would like to donate then contact [email protected]
#EtchellsCares would like to thank Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital for allowing us the opportunity to spend time with these amazing little survivors!!!