LFCT Christmas Elf Update


Santa’s elves have been very busy at work collecting lovely toys and other fabulous goodies for our Little Fighters, including some healthy but scrumptious goodies for the snack-packs!

Unfortunately when we began this 2 weeks ago we did not know that the hospitals apparently need 4 weeks’ notice for any visit/event to take place – this effectively meant that we could not do our normal Christmas Elf Delivery at the Gauteng or KZN hospitals this year.

Also, apparently the children mostly go home the last week in November or the first week in December already to spend the holidays with their families.

We begged and pleaded with Red Cross and eventually got permission to do a small Christmas Elf Delivery on Thursday morning for around 50 Children with Cancer in the G1 Paediatric Oncology Ward and the Day Clinic. Some of the presents that have already been collected will be delivered, together with snack-packs and loads of love and hugs, to these children. (We will post photos later in the week).

 

 

Under the circumstances, it was decided that the rest of the presents that have been collected to date will be added to the Food Parcels that we send out monthly to help our most desperate child cancer-affected families.

This means that around 100 of our Little Fighter Families will not only be getting food to see them through the Festive Season and January, but will also have a great Christmas with lovely presents thanks to YOU!!

While we were not able to have our normal Christmas Elf Deliveries and parties this year, we will continue to look after the welfare of our Little Fighters and their Families, and plans are in place to continue the good work that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust has done over the past seven years and to improve our services.

To this end we will be taking a well-deserved break from 22 December to 8 January so that we can come back rested and ready for the New Year!

Although some things may have changed, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust remains committed to providing the services we have to date (and more), and to looking out for our Children with Cancer and their Families to the best of our ability… and beyond….

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of YOU, and especially to our Christmas Elves who jumped in and performed miracles in less than 2 weeks, as well as to all our volunteers, including Sumien and Willeen without whom we would have been lost, and also our tiny staff at LFCT HQ; Nickey, Eric, and Tiema.

 

 

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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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