DOC or Doc, normally stands for Doctor, but here at Little Fighters Cancer Trust we are giving this word another meaning – today we are using the acronym DOC for the Debit Order Club, and if we get it right we hope that it will act as another kind of Doc for our Little Fighters – the kind that helps them get ALL the help that they need; physical, emotional, spiritual, and any other kind of aid that they need to help them in the fight of their lives!
Today we are launching DOC for our Little Fighters. We previously asked people to join the R100 club and we do have a few (very few) contributors every month, but have also realised that there are many individuals who cannot afford even R100 per month, so we are extending it to include the R50 Club and the R25 Club.
The reason we are doing this is because, as per our previous article, we are spending too much time trying to fundraise money every month (remembering that we only have a core team of 3 members) and thereby cutting into our time for actually DOING what we are here for, which is to HELP and SUPPORT our Little Fighters and their Families.
PLEASE consider signing up for a debit order for R25, R50 or R100 according to what YOU can afford. We have almost 10 000 members on our Facebook page and even if we split that 3 ways it means that we would get:
R25 x 3 300 = R 82 500
R50 x 3 300 = R 165 000
R100 x 3 300 = R 330 000
R 577 500
While this may seem like a lot of money to some, break it down and it gives us approximately R385 per child per month. Remembering that we do not only help our Little Fighters but also their families, where required (which is most of the time), how far does R385 per month really go?
Think about how much it costs you for a month’s groceries for a family of 4; how much it costs to clothe a child; how much it costs to transport a mother and child from the Eastern Cape to the Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town and back; Accommodation costs for a month or two in a guest house?
Think for a moment how much a wheelchair costs – anything from R2 000 to R20 000; bath and shower aids cost in the region of R200 – R500 each; nebulizers cost from R400 up (and that is just for the machine); hospital-type beds cost R20 000 and up; and there are many more items that are often needed to make a Child with Cancer’s life bearable when at home that most of us never have to think about.
Just so that you are aware of what we do with the money that we fundraise, here is an idea of the services that we supply:
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust offers highly individualised support, which comes from a deep understanding of the fact that every individual, every family, has unique and very specific needs. Every effort is made to ensure that the support given is targeted and practical, whilst still ensuring the most efficient distribution of resources.
The support that LFCT gives is not compartmentalised or predetermined, as circumstances differ from one beneficiary to the next.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Offers support to Children with Cancer and their Families in:
- Individual Family Homes
- Paediatric Oncology Hospital Wards
- Places of Safety that house Children with Cancer
Requests for support are received from Social Workers, Hospital Wards, Teachers, Friends and Family; either in person, or via telephone, social media or e-mail.
Support works on a sliding scale, which takes into consideration income, needs, family size, and other factors. Many of the more affluent Childhood Cancer-affected families are often shunned by support organisations; however, while the more needy families will get the bulk of the tangible support, LFCT will never exclude any family; often all that is required is emotional or moral support, and information. Little Fighter Cancer Trust does not turn anyone away.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that we serve ALL races, we are excluded from getting any support from Government so have to fundraise ALL our funding ourselves.
LFCT provides Support in and out of hospital, on a National scale.
In-Hospital Support may include but is not limited to:
- Basic bedding and sleep-wear needs
- Toiletries for patient and bedside caregiver
- Educational activity-sets and toys
- Non-perishable foodstuffs for the bedside carer
- Special requests: disposable diapers, specialised foods, milk formula, underwear, clothing and shoes
Out-of-Hospital Support may include but is not limited to:
- Groceries and cleaning materials
- Clothing and shoes
- Basic furnishings and appliances
- Transport to and from hospital
In short, Support is extremely targeted, individualised, and practical. This might take more effort and more time and organisational skills, but it ensures a focused and maximised distribution of resources and prevents wastefulness.
Although we also have one-off needs (such as a wheelchair, comfortable soft chair or a bath hoist, for instance) for which we will send out special appeals, most of our needs are needs that we consistently need to fill.
For more detailed information on EXACTLY how and on what we spend all monies fundraised, please refer to our Wishlist Page where we detail the Little Fighters Cancer Trust BAG OF HOPE Project; the Little Fighters Cancer Trust SNUG AS A BUG Project; the Little Fighters Cancer Trust BAREFOOT FOR A DAY Project; the Little Fighters Cancer Trust PANTRY Project; the Little Fighters Cancer Trust GET WRAPPED Project and more.
Please consider setting up a monthly debit order so that we do not have to do so many posts asking for donations but can use our time HELPING spread AWARENESS about Childhood Cancer to hopefully avoid so many children being diagnosed too late and dying from something that could have been stayed if they had been diagnosed earlier and SUPPORTING those who have already been diagnosed who are in a veritable BATTLE FOR THEIR LIVES, and their families.
Please set up your debit orders and advise us thereof so that we can include your names in our LFCT DOC Page.
Mark your debit orders with “LFCT R100 Club” or “LFCT R50 Club” or “LFCT R25 Club” and please remember, we are TRULY GRATEFUL for EVERY DONATION we receive – there is NO donation too small to make a difference.
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 cannot continue any of our programs without your full and continued support. We ask of you any involvement that you would be able to offer.
Posted on 12 August, 2015, in Blog and tagged Bag Of Hope, Barefoot For A Day, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Fighting Cancer, get wrapped, LFCT, Little Fighters, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Pantry Project, Snug as A Bug. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.