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Put Your Support Behind CANSA’s Volunteers

4 December 2023 – As we celebrate volunteers on International Volunteers’ Day in December, CANSA is mindful that without volunteers it would not be able to deliver quality emotional and practical support to cancer patients, loved ones and caregivers, or educate local communities regarding how to lower personal cancer risk.

Volunteers are an integral part of CANSA, helping to render valuable care and support services and assisting also with fundraising, marketing, health promotion and administration. Leader volunteers take the lead in communities to offer services to patients, their families, and caregivers. They further raise awareness by conducting talks and holding exhibitions in their local communities, promoting CANSA’s cause and getting involved in advocacy work. Volunteering can provide the opportunity to learn many skills that can be carried into a career, including leadership, managing meetings, negotiation, and communications.

Says Lisa Strydom, CANSA’s Service Manager, Volunteer Programmes, “A new initiative to assist cancer patients is our CANSA Information and Support Desk project at public hospitals that are staffed by our trained volunteers who provide information to patients and help with referrals to CANSA support groups, Tele Counselling, and other services. Currently we have Information Desks at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital (JHB), Steve Biko Hospital (Pretoria), Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital (Durban) and Frere Hospital (East London).  We’ve recently received approval to launch Information Desks at Universitas Hospital (Bloemfontein) and Robert Sobukwe Hospital (Kimberley) and hope to expand to other hospitals very soon as well.  Oncology patients at public hospitals often lack information about cancer and are not well-equipped to cope with the disease, either physically or emotionally, and we hope to provide some relief to them at a difficult time.”

Setting up the Information and Support Desks is a costly exercise and CANSA is encouraging online donations towards this important venture. To set up a new Information Desk, requires basic materials such as a trestle table, four plastic chairs, a branded tablecloth and pull-up banner, various printed materials (in appropriate languages) and name badges to identify CANSA volunteers.

“Ongoing costs incurred by volunteers include  transport and data costs. Any individual or company or service organisation can make an impact by contributing towards assisting our volunteers so we can help more patients. Donate here or get in touch so we can partner on volunteer programmes,” added Strydom.

She concludes, “CANSA applauds our volunteers for generously volunteering their time at CANSA. Their willingness to give their time and service is greatly appreciated and their support allows us to continue to fulfil our mission and serve thousands of people in our communities each year.”

(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 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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