MASA “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” Project Update: Final Figures


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When the Mosaic Association South Africa (MASA) selected the Little Fighters Cancer Trust as the recipient of their annual  national community service project – “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” I don’t think that either they or the Little Fighters Cancer Trust ever thought that the response would be SO fantastic.

MASA members joined in with glee, getting their friends, family, mosaic classes and even schools involved in the project, and we even had people from South Africa and from overseas who had no connection with MASA or LFCT asking to join in… and they did… we received butterflies from as far-afield as New Zealand and Australia and also some from our neighbouring countries.

By the end of September we were able to finalise the numbers and are overwhelmed and stunned to be able to confirm that in excess of 500 beautiful and colourful butterflies of various shapes and sizes were donated to make our Paediatric Onco wards a bit happier and friendlier for our Little Fighters. Hospital wards are not nice places; they are dreary and cold and yucky, and we know that these beautiful butterflies will put smiles on the faces of all our Little Fighters and all the other Children with Cancer who spend so much time in hospital.

Many of the Butterflies have their own little stories attached, and many were created in memory of someone’s loved one who lost either their Fight, or who is still Fighting Cancer. Notably, the majority of these wonderful creations were made by children and we love that!

Each butterfly was also accompanied by a small donation from the artist and total donations amounted to just over R16 500!!

Butterflies bound for Unitas Hospital Trix van den Berg, Cher Manning, Nelie du Toit and Sylvia Bouwer responsible for mounting the group.

Butterflies bound for Unitas Hospital Trix van den Berg, Cher Manning, Nelie du Toit and Sylvia Bouwer responsible for mounting the group.

Late in September, 89 butterflies mounted on 13 wood strips were delivered to the Pediatric Oncology Ward of the Unitas Hospital in Centurion (Pretoria).

The installation of the rest of the butterflies is still ongoing, albeit a bit slowly, but making arrangements with the hospitals is a bit of a red-tap quagmire.

Many more butterflies will still be installed in the Paediatric Oncology Wards in hospitals in East London, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Durban and Johannesburg. We will bring you updates when these installations have taken place.

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust would once again like to express our sincere thanks to MASA for selecting us as the 2015 Beneficiary and to each and every person who gave up their money, time and passion to create these beautiful creatures.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
Scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
~ Joseph Addison ~

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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