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CANSA to Alleviate Poverty with Mandela Day Care Packs

1 July 2019 – This Mandela Day (18 July), CANSA aims with the help of the public, to collect 6 700 Care Packs for cancer patients and distribute them to patients in need at public hospitals and CANSA’s Care Homes. Donations will be received at CANSA’s Care Centres countrywide. #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty

Gerda Strauss, CANSA’s Head of Service Delivery shares, “We aim to bring relief and to inspire hope when we deliver our CANSA Care Packs to newly diagnosed cancer patients or those undergoing treatment. Many disadvantaged patients not only face the shock of a cancer diagnosis, but are also very poor, not even able to afford basic toiletries, warm items or snacks. Patients sometimes end up stranded at hospitals when their appointments run over time or have to stay overnight where they had not anticipated this, and others have to undergo more procedures than expected. We want to provide Care Packs for as many patients as possible on Mandela Day in keeping with Nelson Mandela’s spirit of kindness, selflessness and generosity.”

“Items required to assemble CANSA Care packs include basic toiletries, snacks and warm items of clothing. A message of Hope and encouragement is also included in each pack. View the full list of items we are hoping to collect, and drop donations at your local CANSA Care Centre. If you would like to spend your 67 minutes with us, we will be visiting many hospitals across the country, handing out our Care Packs and your help would be appreciated. Those who are not able to spend time with CANSA on the day, or contribute towards CANSA Care Packs, are welcome to make a general donation online, which will be used towards support programmes for patients,” Strauss continues.

Strauss concludes, “Mandela Day is a wonderful reminder of the power of volunteerism. CANSA is a volunteer driven organisation serving cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones in communities across South Africa and is always in need of new recruits. Members of the public wishing to volunteer may sign up online, or contact their local CANSA Care Centre.”

For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.


CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

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Visit or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans and 071 867 3530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. Follow CANSA on Twitter: @CANSA (, join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA The Cancer Association of South Africa and follow CANSA on Instagram: @cancerassociationofsouthafrica and LinkedIn.


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