Have You Volunteered Yet?
20 November 2019 – Each year, CANSA celebrates International Volunteers Day on 5 December to thank volunteers and raise awareness about their significant contribution to society. Special functions are held country-wide at CANSA Care Centres to acknowledge and show appreciation. CANSA will also be launching a comprehensive online training programme to help equip volunteers.
Elize Joubert CANSA CEO says, “CANSA is very excited to be launching our new online Volunteer Training programme in the near future and thanks CCT: Centre for Community Technologies, Nelson Mandela University for providing the platform. This free training course in Health Promotion and Patient Care, consists of everything that is required to become a proud CANSA volunteer. Modules include background and information regarding CANSA; health education; living a balanced lifestyle; cancer (staging, common types, treatment); managing side effects of treatment; dietary and nutritional needs of cancer patients; and the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.”
“CANSA appreciates all our volunteers who are the cornerstone of all CANSA projects carried out in communities and workplaces. Over 7 000 trained volunteers are our foot soldiers in the fight against cancer and they carry out invaluable work. Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to provide care and support to those affected by cancer. Volunteering is a very special calling of people who selflessly donate their time to our patients, and also help raise funds. We thank and honour them this International Volunteers Day. We salute you!” Joubert continues.
Volunteer spouses, Mechiel and Maggie Lucas share, “My husband and I visit cancer patients together. We offer practical support as well as spiritual support. I cannot stress enough how much the CANSA training means to us. We are very proud CANSA volunteers and are thankful for all the support from the CANSA staff.”
“I am a breast cancer survivor for almost three years. CANSA trained me to be a volunteer and to do presentations. I now do awareness campaigns in my home community of Lesotho. CANSA’s staff assisted me to recruit more volunteers. They also gave me CD’s to play at the clinics and hospitals, as well as written material to give to the community to learn about cancer. We now also offer counselling to Basotho patients. I am very thankful.” Volunteer Mamahlako Lekhatla, adds.
CANSA volunteers are active on many fronts and often specialise in a particular field: young adults are getting more involved offering services and projects mainly among their peers. ‘Feel Good Volunteers’ are mainly in a corporate and business setting who participate only on special days e.g. International Nelson Mandela Day or Giving Tuesday. Virtual volunteers assist with online fundraising, editing manuals or virtual marketing campaigns. Advocacy volunteers are the ‘voices’ for the community and assist with access to treatment issues and also navigating the health system for the patient. Professional volunteers guide and assist lay volunteers and some may be trained spokespersons on specific topics while others contribute by offering pro bono skills such as legal advice, training or coaching. Fundraising volunteers help raise funds and implement national, provincial and regional projects like CANSA Shavathon and CANSA Relay For Life events. Patient care volunteers are trained to offer practical, emotional and spiritual care to patients and their families. Health promotion volunteers get involved with our health awareness campaigns and some give health talks. Tough living with cancer (TLC) volunteers are trained to interact and support children and families affected by cancer while they receive their treatment at paediatric oncology wards.
So CANSA encourages you to volunteer – visit the nearest CANSA Care Centre, or sign up to be a volunteer on the CANSA Website. Those wishing to enrol for the volunteer training course can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Visit www.cansa.org.za or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: email@example.com. 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 (http://www.twitter.com/CANSA), join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA The Cancer Association of South Africa and follow CANSA on Instagram: @cancerassociationofsouthafrica and LinkedIn.