Organisation brings ‘rainbows of smiles’

2017-09-26 06:01
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SEPTEMBER is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Upper Highway organisation, “Rainbows and Smiles” is highlighting awareness about their cause.

Bonita Suckling told the Fever the organisation is a community, charity foundation that provides emotional, social and financial support to children diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening illness, and their families and caregivers. 

“Our organisation is inspired by the life of my son Jed Brady Suckling. Jed bravely battled a brain cancer called Anaplastic astrocytoma for three years.
“He was a little boy who loved giving gifts, and one of his greatest joys was to make his friends smile when they were in hospital being treated.

“Rainbows and Smiles was inspired by Jed’s love language of giving, and was established in 2009.
“Over the years the organisation has grown, but our inspiration is never forgotten, and we remain an approachable and welcoming charity.”

“Today, volunteers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg and Durban continue the mission of Rainbows and Smiles and have provided support to hundreds of children and their families. 

“We work with health-care professionals at treatment centres to assist with complimentary support and care for child cancer warriors and their families.
“We are proud to be part of a larger community of organisations that support childhood cancer, and wherever possible, we collaborate and communicate with like-minded organisations in South Africa and overseas to do what we can to ease the burden of childhood cancer on families.”

Debbie Riggien, the Rainbows and Smiles child support manager in Durban­, said in order to bring awareness­ about the cause this month, Rainbow is selling gold ribbons at R5 each and “awareness cookies” - made to order - also at R5 each.

Riggien is asking people to volunteer their time at the organisaiton. “We would love to increase our volunteer base.
“I am going to start doing weekly craft activities at the hospitals and I'd love a few people to volunteer and help me with the kids.
“If anyone would like more information, they must contact me.”

For more information on the organisation or to volunteer, email za or


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