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Childhood Cancer is an important cause to support, with young children fighting some of the hardest battles and families working to stand strong besides them.


Johannesburg, South Africa – The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 1979, by a group of parents whose children were faced with life-threatening cancer diagnoses. They have developed an understanding of the emotional and financial toll cancer places on families.

The Foundation was set up to empower parents with accurate information about childhood cancer, as well to offer emotional and practical support throughout their child’s cancer journey.

CHOC is the only organisation in South Africa that provides support throughout the country for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorder.

They have twelve accommodation facilities across South Africa to house families who need to be nearby hospitals during treatment. Over 31 000 families and the children seeking treatment nationally, have benefited from free accommodation and transport offered by the organisation.

This year the foundation are celebrating 40 years of supporting families through some of the hardest times they will ever face.

The Vodacom Rugby season has kicked off and because the sport has the power to bring so many people together, they are using this season as a way to tackle cancer and raise R1-million for CHOC. Remember when they changed their kit into Superheroes? Well they are proving that they really are heroes.

“We are #TacklingCancer in a very real way this Vodacom Super Rugby season. It’s a season dedicated to heroes through our ground-breaking collaboration with Marvel and the superhero-themed kits the South African teams will wear for the local derbies,” said Michelle van Eyden, executive head of sponsorship at Vodacom.

“With the CHOC tackling cancer initiative it’s a season where we’re showcasing the real superheroes of everyday life through the players supporting our cause and the brave children and their families fighting cancer on a daily basis.”

Today is International Childhood Cancer day so if you get a chance, head over to their website here and support them either by donating or shopping in their store to help them raise funds.

How to help

  • Attend the Vodacom Rugby Series matches to show your support. Every rugby ticket sold will contribute R5 to the R1-million goal.
  • Buy CHOC mechandise. Every game will have a CHOC shop so don’t forget to pay them a visit. Or visit their online store if you can’t get to the matches.
  • If you are running the comrades, do it for them. You can find all the relevant information on their website linked above.
  • Donate financially via their website.

Lastly, if you are in need of their assistance for your child and family, contact them here for help.

The next game happens this weekend at Loftus Versfeld Stadium and it sees the Vodacom Bulls take on the DHL Stormers.

Sources: CHOC 
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