Project eases strain

2020-01-15 06:00
Basic stationery in aid of cancer survivors was donated during a back-to-school campaign. From the left are Elgimette Kassim (Cansa volunteer), Lache Katzen (Cansa service delivery divisional manager in the Free State) and Sonet van Zyl (provincial community mobile service delivery). Photo: Supplied

Basic stationery in aid of cancer survivors was donated during a back-to-school campaign. From the left are Elgimette Kassim (Cansa volunteer), Lache Katzen (Cansa service delivery divisional manager in the Free State) and Sonet van Zyl (provincial community mobile service delivery). Photo: Supplied

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The donation of much-needed basic stationery towards families and children affected by cancer, give them a good start to the 2020 school year.

The gesture was part of the back-to-school initiative undertaken by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in the Free State.

The donation of basic stationery was made possible by Fashion World Bloem Plaza to enable cancer affected families and children to begin the year positively.

The presentation took place last Friday (10/01) in Bloemfontein.

Lache Katzen, CANSA’s service delivery divisional manager in the Free State, said the gesture was heart-warming as it would bring some relief to the recipients who cannot afford stationery.

“At this time of the year, many families with children experience financial strain as they get their children ready for school.

“When families have the additional challenge of coping with a cancer diagnosis, it becomes even more daunting.

“As the new school year starts, CANSA is very grateful for the donated stationery for children and families that either have a child, parent or caregiver who is undergoing treatment,” said Katzen.

According to Katzen, approximately 40 packs will be distributed to beneficiaries identified in three regions administered from the three major towns, Bloemfontein, Bethlehem and Welkom.

Each pack contains basic stationery and is valued at R160 each.

“We encourage the community to donate stationery, school and food parcels at our local CANSA Care Centre in aid of affected families and children,” said Katzen.

Anyone who wishes to support the CANSA back-to-school campaign, can contact Sonet Van Zyl via email at svzyl@cansa.org.za or contact the CANSA Bloemfontein Care Centre on 051-444- 2580.

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