Couple fund-raise for Cansa

2015-09-09 06:00
Errol and Sharon-Ann Theron,   volunteer  fund-raisers for Cancer South Coast in Amanzimtoti.
Photo: supplied

Errol and Sharon-Ann Theron, volunteer fund-raisers for Cancer South Coast in Amanzimtoti. Photo: supplied

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GIVING back to the community comes naturally to well-known couple, Sharon-Ann and Errol Theron. When they retired to Amanzimtoti some eight years ago they just continued with what they have always done - getting involved in the community and looking for ways to give back.

One of Sharon-Ann’s skills was her training at SA Red Cross Special Skills Unit in primary emergency care. Errol is a retired businessman and accountant. Her skills as a first-aid carer and Errol’s financial sense steered them to a passion for people needing assistance.

The couple were members of Amanzimtoti Lions and honorary Rotarians from 2012 to 2014. Errol is a past chairman of SA Association for Retired Persons, and the current president of Probus Amanzimtoti. Sharon-Ann is honorary secretary. The Therons are also on the Amanzimtoti Golden Oldies Games committee, an annual event involving all the old-age homes in Toti as well as community pensioners.

Over the years the couple has become involved with the Kingsway Cancer­ Support Group, the Cansa Shavathon and the Relay for Life. “We felt this would enable us to be more selective with what we want to do and lately we have moved more towards assisting cancer patients,” Errol­ said.

The couple offers free advice and basic counselling for cancer patients. “It is all about taking care of their emotional needs,” Sharon-Ann explains.

This unique couple use their own resources and plan well on how to assist patients and their families, which includes analysing a situation and assisting with food parcels when available.

“Cancer is a unique illness that affects the whole family. It can be that the breadwinner has cancer and can no longer work, where the whole family has to assist. A lot of time and money is needed to take the patient to hospital and doctors and for possible future home care. Cancer affects all of us,” says Errol, a cancer survivor.

Sharon-Ann and Errol are the appointed volunteer fund-raisers for Cancer South Coast in Amanzimtoti. Some of the services offered by this organisation include low-cost temporary housing for cancer patients having radiation or chemotherapy treatment at Mkhusda House in Durban depending on space. Other services provided by Cancer South Coast include quarterly subsidised cancer screenings for the community.

They recently arranged for a Cansa­-accredited training course in Amanzimtoti incorporating patient care and counselling. They also collect ponytails to make wigs for patients.

In order for Cansa to continue its 80-year services, it needs regular monthly donations which are tax deductable for companies. If you would like to assist, banking details are: Absa, The Cancer Association of South Africa, account number 1009810427, branch code 632005, reference Toti, plus your name. Email proof of payment to erroland sharon@gmail.com and to lstrydom@cansa.org.za

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