Make Every Day Mandela Day with Little Fighters Cancer Trust
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust believes in making every day a Mandela Day! We believe that Tata Nelson Mandela would have wished people to honour his legacy by not just doing something one day per year, but by exhibiting his great compassion to those around us EVERY DAY!
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s mission is to create awareness around Childhood Cancer in an attempt to realise earlier diagnoses of Childhood Cancer and thereby help a Child with Cancer to live a long and fruitful life, as well as to make the lives of Children with Cancer and their families just that little bit easier by helping everywhere we can, throughout South Africa, with neither fear nor favour – we will not turn ANYONE away who needs our help.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that we DO serve EVERYONE, we do not receive any help from the South African Government. This is fine, as we will not be dictated to as to whom we can and cannot help – to us every Child with Cancer needs help; the help they need just differs sometimes.
Most of the Children with Cancer and their families that we do help are those who reside in the rural areas, because these individuals are usually the poorest and the most in need of financial aid to enable them to get to the hospital and clinic, to help the mother/bedside caretaker with accommodation and food whilst spending months on end at the hospital watching over their child as he or she battles with cancer, help with the cost of medication, and much more.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust also supports these families in hospital and out with food, blankets, Bags of Hope containing essentials such as toiletries, educational toys, snacks, clothing, and much, much more. We do not stop caring for our Little Fighters once they go back home because the fight does not end just because they are no longer in hospital or even directly after going into remission – support is continued for as long as it is required.
It is not only the poor that need help, however – sometimes it is those who, although they may not be rich, have a bit more to spread around and do not need financial, food or clothing aid from us, but still do need help. These individuals are still parents of a Child with Cancer, and they need our compassion, knowledge about how to deal with the “enemy” that cancer is, and emotional support to help get them through this HUGE battle that both they and their child is facing.
Unfortunately the reality in South Africa is that because we do not distinguish between WHO we help but only in the help we give according to the needs of the family, we are not able to access government funding!
The huge problem that this non-funding model does have for us though, is that we have to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to raise funding in order to do what we do, which then leaves us less time to live Madiba’s dream of actually helping the children.
Children with Cancer and their families need help immediately, and they need on-going help; Cancer waits for no-one, and we cannot wait for a Mandela Day to do what is needed – to be brutally honest, our Little Fighter may not still be around on the next Mandela Day, and this is why the Little Fighters Cancer Trust believes in making EVERY DAY a Mandela Day!
It is to this end that we are asking YOU to help us make EVERY DAY a Mandela Day instead of just making a big thing of it once a year, and the best way that you can do this would be by “Donating R67 for Madiba!“
If you take a look at the ongoing Projects that we undertake EVERY DAY, and take into consideration that we are currently aiding in excess of 1 200 Children with Cancer and their families across South Africa with a core team of just THREE individuals, our dedicated volunteers, no offices, and no official vehicles, you will soon realise that EVERY CENT we fundraise is put to VERY GOOD USE.
Unfortunately though, our main aim of helping is often hampered by a lack of funding and the need to the spend time raising funds instead of being out there doing what we do best, spreading Madiba Love, Hope, Compassion, and Dignity to those who need it most!
It is for this reason that we implore you to Make Every Day a Mandela Day!
It is for this reason that we ask you to do your bit on Mandela Day by “Donating R67 for Madiba!” (of course we won’t say no to any amount you feel able to donate) so that we can spend our time doing what we do best; making every day a Mandela Day for Children with Cancer and their families throughout this great nation of ours!
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust has gone from being two individuals who just wanted to help a child diagnosed with cancer within their personal circle of friends in 2009, to a charity that currently helps more than a thousand families throughout South Africa, and more and more Families and Hospitals ask us for assistance every day. Why? BECAUSE WE DELIVER.
Some comments made by those we saw during our whirlwind 2000+km home/hospital road trip to the Garden Route, Southern Cape, Eastern Cape and Little Karoo last week:
“Thank u Mandie and Thomas for been by our side from 2012,God bless u guys u are an inspiration to us all, you have given us hope and best of all friendship” Farads Hussain
“Thank you guys for assisting this little fighters mommy. You guys truly are angels walking the earth. Thank you Little Fighters Cancer Trust and to all the supporters.“
“Alexia loved having you visit us (so did I). She was sad to see you go. When I asked to see the blanked she replied “mommy, how did they know I love butterflies?” 🙂 Tommy will always be remembered as the uncle who let her paint his nails. She will never forget that! You are all truly amazing. We love you all!!” Jacqui Van der Venter
Please help us to continue to Make Every Day a Mandela Day by making a donation via one of the following methods:
Please mark your donations “Madiba”
Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
Account No: 62277783249
Branch code: 250057
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
PayPal – Donations
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered NPO with PBO status. This affords private and corporate donors the taxation benefits as set out in Section 18A.
BEE score points are also accumulated.
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
NPO No: 089 376
PBO No: 930037657
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