Lions support pediatric cancer awareness campaigns

2017-09-21 06:00
=Uitenhage Lions Club vice-president Wayne Kilian together with Lynne Gadd-Claxton and Anne-Marie Stephenson from CHOC and Lions’ Past District Governor Bokkie Oberholzer.                                   Photo:SUPPLIED

=Uitenhage Lions Club vice-president Wayne Kilian together with Lynne Gadd-Claxton and Anne-Marie Stephenson from CHOC and Lions’ Past District Governor Bokkie Oberholzer. Photo:SUPPLIED

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Lions International President, Dr. Narish Aggarwal has identified the awareness of pediatric cancer as one of the major centennial projects for the Lions.

“As part of the international childhood cancer awareness month campaigns, the Uitenhage Lions Club invited CHOC (acronym for Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics) to provide them with a presentation on the nature of the services they offer parents of children who suffer from all varieties of cancer or life- threatening blood disorders,” said Uitenhage Lions Club president, Hein de Vrey.

Anne-Marie Stephenson said CHOC was established in 1979 by a parent group and is registered as a non-profit organisation. Their aim is to provide a fully integrated support programme to alleviate as much stress and strain as possible, ensuring that both the children and their families maintain an optimistic outlook that is so crucial to a positive outcome. This service is essential in assisting the estimated 1 in 600 children in South Africa affected by cancer before the age of 16.

One of the children who have benefited from CHOC is Brendon Oberholzer (11) of Sonop Laerskool in Despatch. Brendon will be attending the Luister!FM beauty pageant gala evening as the proud ambassador for CHOC.

In recognition of the excellent service provided by CHOC they have been invited by Sonop Laerskool to raise awareness and also inform people about the CHOC Foundation.

  • Enquiries: CHOC 086 111 2110 or email pe@choc.org.za

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