Public assured about ‘Cansa flower sellers’

Some of the sellers wear their Cansa Rosebud Moments sashes which have been given to them to differentiate them from others who sell for different causes. PHOTO: supplied
Some of the sellers wear their Cansa Rosebud Moments sashes which have been given to them to differentiate them from others who sell for different causes. PHOTO: supplied

FOLLOWING the recent High Court matter in Durban last week about a flower seller who abused the Cancer Association of South Africa’s (Cansa) name by selling flowers and soft toys at local­ restaurants, Cansa Pietermaritzburg assured the public that all sellers in the city are authorised by Rosebud Flower Sellers.

These sellers visit restaurants in and around the city with baskets of soft toys and roses asking people to buy them in support of Cansa.

There are more than 40 restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and clubs the flower sellers visit across Pietermaritzburg, Howick and Hilton.

Rosebud Flower Sellers is a business that involves the sale of flowers and soft toys to restaurant patrons across KwaZulu-Natal and, in the last financial year, raised R132 000 for Cansa, which was split across four KZN offices - Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Richard­’s Bay and Port Shepstone.

Lisa Strydom, divisional manager­ of KZN, said that KZN Cansa has a cause-related marketing agreement with Rosebud.

“The agreement is that they give us 10% of what they make on sales every month. They have supported us for the past few years. I think it has been three years, and we have always had a good relationship with them,” she said. The sub-contractors also receive commission.

Strydom said funds are used to support the organisation’s usual work of awareness, education, screening and patient care which assists with funding programmes.

“Given the recent issues they have experienced with sellers breaking away and selling independently, we have decided to introduce new sashes that the Rosebud­ girls will wear as well as Cansa stickers on the roses, to distinguish them from people selling for themselves or for other causes.”

The agreement is that they [sellers] give us 10% of what they make on sales every month

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