Service awards for Cansa volunteers

2016-09-28 06:00
Accepting their silver award certificates are (from left) Sharon-Ann Theron, Cara Noble (division and regional manager, Cansa Durban) and Errol Theron.  Photo: supplied

Accepting their silver award certificates are (from left) Sharon-Ann Theron, Cara Noble (division and regional manager, Cansa Durban) and Errol Theron. Photo: supplied

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THIS year marks the 85th anniversary of the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa).

At a special staff and volunteer award ceremony in Durban on Tuesday, 13 September three members from the Amanzimtoti Cancer Support Group were presented with silver awards in recognition of outstanding performance in their respective categories - Bryan Wiggill was awarded for Patient care, Errol and Sharon-Ann Theron as local Cansa ambassadors and as a whole, the Amanzimtoti group in the Support Groups category.

“On behalf of members of the Amanzimtoti cancer group we thank the Cancer Association for acknowledging the work we do at their 2016 annual awards ceremony, we could not have done so without your support,” Sharon-Ann said.

She said cancer groups provide comfort and emotional support for cancer survivors and their carers whose stress and mixed emotions are sometimes not recognised by the patient or the family.

“As far as we can establish the Kingsway cancer awareness group in Amanzimtoti was established in about 2009 by Sister Elma Zee and Sister Tania Mohrhar. Originally it was an integral part of the Kingsway oncology department.

“At some stage the name was changed to the Kingsway Cancer Group, one of 19 such cancer support groups in KwaZulu-Natal,” Sharon-Ann said.

The Amanzimtoti group gets together once a month for an informal chat and to socialise in the Kingsway Hospital oncology ward at 4pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Speakers of interest are regularly arranged to come and talk to the group and all interested cancer survivors and carers are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sharon-Ann on 083 312 5360.

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