Can You Afford R10 per Week to Save Lives?


sms-decision-narrowCan you afford R10 per week to save lives? The question is more “can you afford NOT to?”

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust has served Children with Cancer and their Families since 2009. With no government aid and minimal Corporate sponsors, LFCT has been there for thousands of families over the years with support, information, a shoulder to cry on, clothes, food, money for cellphone airtime, transport, accommodation, and much more besides…

Unfortunately we cannot do this without funds, and even though we do receive donations of clothing and food, without which we would not be able to do what we do, no organisation can run without cash –

LFCT uses cash donations (and donations received from the SMS Line):

  • to buy those extra shoes and clothing that have not been donated;
  • to buy the additional personal hygiene products;
  • to buy the food still needed after donations and the perishables that are added to each Family Food Box each month;
  • to buy that airtime or expensive disposable nappies, formula, and whatever else is needed by our Little Fighters and their Families.

For those who still do not know exactly what the Little Fighters Cancer Trust does, please take a look at our Projects page. Those are just the ongoing projects that we do and are totally apart from the other needs that we meet such as:

  • Scrabbling around to help a new family whose child has just been diagnosed;
  • Performing miracles (with the help of our faithful supporters) to provide something extra such as a decent bed for a Little Fighter that is sleeping on the floor;
  • Providing a wheelchair or a Mobility Scooter for a Little Fighter who can no longer walk; a Matric Farewell dress or suit for a Little Fighter whose family cannot afford to buy them one, and the list goes on…
  • Helping to make a terminal child’s dearest wish come true
  • Spreading Awareness about Childhood Cancer wherever we can because awareness is vital for early diagnosis and early diagnosis is the difference between treatment and remission or suffering and death!

NO request is too small or too big – we try with all our might to do whatever we can to make life just a little bit easier for these Cancer Warriors and their families.

 

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For as little as R10 per week, you can help the Little Fighters Cancer Trust provide targeted, individualised and practical Support to Children Fighting Cancer, and their Families.

As incongruous as it sounds, after 4 years we have only 54 subscribers to our SMS line. The R10 donation per week is deducted from your airtime/account, so you really will not even miss it, and it would help us SO much, so please, would you not consider signing up? We promise to make your day every workday by sending you a great inspirational quote at 10 o’ clock every morning.

Constantly having to ask for funds is soul-destroying and takes up time that we could be using to much better effect – helping our Little Fighters and their Families. If even 50% of our  12,589 Followers joined our SMS Line we would garner around R200 000 per month, which will go a LONG way towards what we need to do what we do.

 

Let’s just put this into perspective, shall we….

What can one buy in South Africa today for R10?

Let’s have a quick squizz at the Cost of Living in South Africa as updated in February, 2017 based on 13911 entries in the past 18 months from 1162 different contributors:

Restaurants Average
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course R 450.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) R 50.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 25.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) R 30.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 21.82
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) R 11.04
Water (0.33 liter bottle) R 8.87 
Markets Average
Milk (regular), (1 liter) R 13.27
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) R 12.29
Rice (white), (1kg) R 17.73
Eggs (12) R 22.91
Local Cheese (1kg) R 87.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) R 63.81
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) R 83.60
Apples (1kg) R 20.63
Banana (1kg) R 15.97
Oranges (1kg) R 18.31
Tomato (1kg) R 18.45
Potato (1kg) R 17.58
Onion (1kg) R 15.02
Lettuce (1 head) R 13.10
Water (1.5 liter bottle) R 14.17
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) R 55.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) R 17.82
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) R 25.86
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00
Transportation Average
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) R 13.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) R 400.00
Taxi 1 hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) R 50.00
Petrol (1 litre) R 12.74
Sports And Leisure Average
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult R 450.74
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) R 82.12
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat R 67.00
Childcare Average
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child R 2,166.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child R 39,500.00
Clothing And Shoes Average
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) R 701.80
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) R 478.79
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) R 1,035.47
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes R 1,049.29

 

WOW!! According to the above, the only thing one can get for under R10 is a bottle of water – we can put that R10 to much better use by supporting Children with Cancer and their Families.

 

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Sms LFCANCER to 31222, and your R10 weekly donation will be deducted from your airtime/ account.
You will also receive an inspirational sms every weekday, to start your day off on a positive note.
THANK YOU for your continued Support!

(If, at any time, you cannot afford your R10 weekly donation anymore, you can unsubscribe by smssing “STOP” to 31222. No traps, no fine print. Simple, easy and hassle free! )

 

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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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