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Driver Sabelo Sibisi has become a great support to children battling cancer and reliable comfort to the parents of those children.

 

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Johannesburg, South Africa (14 April 2022) – CHOC driver Sabelo Sibisi shared what it is like driving the children being supported by the organisation; his job is to drive the children to and from treatment each day. He plays a vital role in their cancer fight.

The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is a non-profit organisation that advocates for the health and well-being of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders. The passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers of CHOC aim to save lives through early detection and comprehensive support programmes for the families affected by cancer such as; accommodation, transport assistance, psychosocial, emotional and practical support and more. They also provide awareness and education on childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders.

Sabelo wrote a story about his job and what he does in a day. He calls it a privilege to care for these children in this way.

“My name is Sabelo Sibisi and I am the driver for Saxonwold House which is in Gauteng South. I also assist at the Diepkloof House. I have been working for CHOC for the past 6 years.

I am privileged to transport the children staying at our Saxonwold House to and from the hospitals. My morning starts at 7am, when I arrive at work. I take the children to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital or to Donald Gordon. Their smiling faces are the first thing I see in the morning and this makes me very happy.

During the day I collect the children when they are finished with their treatment. It makes me feel happy to know that they depend on me to get them to their treatment. I walk the journey with the children and feel bad when I see that they are sick and feel happy when I see that they are doing better.

I enjoy spending time and talking to them and their parents and understanding what they are going through. I also talk to the mothers who tell me their difficult stories and I understand how lucky I am. Some of our parents go through very difficult times to make their children better.

I am also always so happy to see that what I do for CHOC makes a difference. I always hear that for many parents, without CHOC, their children would not be able to continue going to the hospital to get their medicine, I know that just by listening to them, I am making a difference.

Yours in Hope,
Sabelo”

Sabelo’s role in the organisation is at risk with every increase in petrol prices. CHOC hopes to raise funds to cover the rising costs of petrol and to make sure that their young fighters can keep going to treatment.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA removes the financial distress for these families across South Africa to access and adhere to their treatment journey by providing free, safe transport through the Comprehensive Child and Family Support programme.

“Whilst our vehicles of hope transport beneficiaries daily from our houses to the treatment centres and return, we gift needy families between R50 to R300, dependent on travel location and physical wellbeing, with transport financial assistance to get from their community home to treatment. We expended R738,301.00 in transport financial assistance through 15,695 issues in our last financial year. Our projected spend over the 2021-22 financial year is R829,000 with monthly issues at R70,000.00”

The organisation is campaigning to cover the transport costs. You can help them keep the petrol tank full by donating here.


Sources: CHOC Newsletter
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