Fighting Cancer Together with Motsepe Foundation
2 November 2021 – In late October 2021, CANSA was thrilled to be presented with a generous donation, of R1 million from the Motsepe Foundation, at the African Fashion International opening function held in Gauteng.
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For 90 years, CANSA has played a vital role in ensuring that cancer patients have access to the life-saving information, treatment and support they need to overcome their illness. CANSA also strives to support cancer patients, and their loved ones on an emotional level, so that they do not have to walk this road alone, and actively advocates for equal health services for all in South Africa.
COVID-19 put an enormous strain on CANSA’s services as financial support to the organisation decreased. CANSA CEO, Elize Joubert, explains, “Individual donors were now, understandably anxious about salary cuts, retrenchments and the failing economy. Having to cancel our fundraising events, due to the lockdowns, resulted in our fundraising income falling by more than 60%, which adversely affected our operations across South Africa.”
For this reason, the Motsepe Foundation chose to support CANSA. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-founder and CEO of the Motsepe Foundation and former president of CANSA, acknowledged the wonderful work that CANSA has been offering for over nine decades. “They’re an organisation that serves the whole of South Africa, also going into rural areas, to teach communities that they must take ownership of their personal health, know the warning signs of cancer and CANSA delivers a wide range of care and support services to those who have nowhere else to go.”
“Every woman, and man, should take charge of their health and have access to information, screening and treatment. The Trustees of the Motsepe Foundation want to ensure that CANSA can continue offering their much-needed services”, Moloi-Motsepe added.
Overwhelmed with emotion and appreciation, Elize Joubert expressed her utmost gratitude for the donation to CANSA saying, “CANSA recognises that to survive in the current challenging climate, we need strong partnerships that will help us to reach our mission and objectives. We align ourselves with those that have a passion for cancer patients and cancer control in SA. This will help pull CANSA through a very difficult time and for that we are most thankful to the Motsepe Foundation for their kindness and support of our programmes to support cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones.”
Over 110 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in South Africa and many of them face challenges, which lead to a poor prognosis or are fatal to them. Financial assistance to CANSA will ensure that CANSA can continue to access vulnerable communities across South Africa and carry out screening services, as well as provide emotional support and counselling through CANSA Care Centres and CANSA Care Homes.
(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email email@example.com. 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 offer a Tele Counselling service in seven languages free of charge. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 8 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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