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South African Singing Doctor to Launch Debut Album in Cape Town

One of The Mother’s City top singing-doctors is set to launch a new CD later this month, with the sole purpose of using his passion to make a difference in his community.

Upright Citizen is the début musical album released by singing-doctor Marc Hendricks, and he is set to dazzle Cape Town audiences at the Artscape Theatre on 22 April, for a one-night only performance.

Dr. Marc is well-known to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, as he is the much-loved and well-respected treating oncologist for many of our Little Fighters, who spend a lot of time at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Proceeds of the show will be donated to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for transformation initiatives.

Dr. Marc, as he is fondly referred to by our Little Fighters and their Families, is a wonderful, caring, compassionate Paediatric Oncologist who also has the voice of an angel (listen to him performing his composition BIRD SONG on the video below).

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International Childhood Cancer Day ~15th February

iccd-poster-2February 15th is International Childhood Cancer Day; a day on which individuals across the globe create awareness around the fact that cancer does not discriminate by age.

Today we also think about all the children who are fighting cancer and their families and wish them Love, Light & Healing and remember all our Little Fighters who lost the battle and their Loved Ones and wish them Love, Light & Strength.

For far too long, the rights and needs of children/adolescents with cancer have been marginalised and neglected. While deaths due to infectious diseases have been significantly reduced, deaths due to childhood cancer are increasing.

Every day 700 children and adolescents below the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer. Of the 250 000 diagnosed with cancer each year, about 90 000 of them will lose their lives to the disease.

Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15.

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World Cancer Day ~ 4th February: “We Can ~ I Can.”

world-cancer-day-2017dEvery year on 4th February,  a truly global event takes place ~ World Cancer Day unites the global population in the fight against cancer in an attempt to prevent millions of deaths each year by raising Awareness and Education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Despite recent scientific progress in finding treatments and improving patients’ care, 8.2 million people still die each year from cancer, nearly 50% of them between the age of 30 and 69. This figure is expected to rise to 11.5 million by 2025 and 13 million by 2030.

Low- and middle-income countries are more affected than high income countries – two thirds of global cancer deaths occur in these places – and this trend is predicted to continue in the next decade.

One of the ways to reduce mortality rates is to improve early diagnosis strategies. This is the message that the World Health Organization, working closely with World Cancer Day’ organisers, wants to put forward.

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Muhammad Hussain’s Story & Dream Come True

muhammadThis is a story of Devastation, of Hope, of Unconditional Love and of how complete strangers pulled together and restored some Faith in Humanity by being a part of making a terminally ill child’s Dream Come True.

Muhammad Hussain was born to ecstatic parents, Fahrad and Kaamielah, on 15 September 2009, and for the first six months of his Life, Muhammad was a happy, bubbly and normal baby.

At the age of 6 months his parents began noticing that he was not always that well, and after numerous visits to the paediatrician he was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in August 2010, and spent his first birthday in hospital. HLH is a very rare blood disease and immune system disorder, and according to Swedish studies, occurs in 1 or 2 cases per million, usually in infancy or early childhood.

After starting a search for a bone marrow match due to HLH, Muhammad was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February 2012, at the age of 2.

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Smash Hit SA Musician to Go Into Boxing Ring for Children Fighting Cancer


On Thursday, June 30th 2016, Garth Taylor, a constant hit-churner in the South African music industry over the past 17 years, will be churning out hits of a different kind.

While most know Garth Taylor for his chart-topping hits, few know that he is an avid fitness fanatic and that kickboxing is his second passion.  In 2014, he won the South African Amateur Kickboxing Champion title in the Light Contact category.

#YouPledgeIFIGHT is an effort by Garth Taylor, to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

“After having my sister, Joanne, taken away from me by cancer, I have even more of a soft spot toward people who are fighting cancer. Having watched what she went through as an adult fighting this disease, I can only imagine how much worse it is for children who are suffering from cancer, to fight this battle. So, I figured, how bad can it be? Me, stepping into the ring and getting punched around for kids who are fighting for their lives every single day. I might as well see what I can do, if not through my singing, then by getting into the ring and doing something more exciting, so that people and companies pledge money and hopefully we can raise enough funds to help these little kids. I see cancer as a big bully hurting these children, and that is what I will be fighting for.” – Garth Taylor

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MASA “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” Project Update & Workshops

Just a reminder that there will be 17 National MASA “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” Project Workshops held tomorrow, 9th May, and two more on 6th June!!

I have been checking in @ the MASA Coffee Shop whenever I get a chance, and Sjoe! the ladies are busyyyyyyy….

We have artists from all over South Africa taking part in the project, and even some from overseas… awesome support for Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

Here are just a few of the butterflies that are already completed ~ they are going to look so AWESOME in the Onco Wards.

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Swim for Hope ~ New Donation Platform


Last week, we received the news that BackaBuddy has to be closed down for an estate audit as the site owner recently passed away. Allan was always very kind to us, and our sincere condolences have been relayed to his wife and children.

However, this left us in a bit of a pickle, as our fundraising platform was shut down literally ten days before our standby start date!

We are very happy to announce that we have organised a new fundraising platform for your donations! Better, secure and funds go DIRECTLY to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust! Even better is that the Swim for Hope fundraising platform is now hosted on the Swim for Hope website as well!




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You can also offer your support with a once-off SMS donation

SMS SWIM to 40770 (R20/sms)


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Open water swimmers come together for yet another group attempt of the most breath-taking swim in the world, to raise funds for The Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

The spectacular and extreme 8km ocean swim stretches from Diaz Beach on the western side of Cape Point, to Buffels Bay on the Eastern side, and takes swimmers through the point where the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet.

Swimmers will go on standby on 21 March 2015 and the swim will be called 24 hours prior to the first suitable day.

South African musician and veteran marathon swimmer Carina Bruwer completed a solo rounding of Cape Point in 2013, raising R17,500 as well as extensive media coverage and awareness for Little Fighters Cancer Trust and Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Carina decided to make the Swim for Hope an Annual Invitational Group Event.

In 2014, 15 incredible open water swimmers took part, and raised R116 800 for Little Fighters.

All moneys raised will go towards the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s BAG OF HOPE Project.

A BAG OF HOPE provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside care-giver, with items such as toiletries, pyjamas, non-perishable food, educational toys, blankets and sanitary products, making a challenging and prolonged hospital stay just a bit more comfortable.

LFCT is operational in 14 main Paediatric Oncology Treatment Centres throughout South Africa, including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State.


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Swim for Hope 2015


It is getting close to that time of the year again ~ when our wonderful intrepid swimmers brave the icy cold waters, sharks, tides, weather conditions and bluebottles as they swim around Cape Point to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness and Funds for Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

Carina Bruwer~ Pugliese from the SAMA award-winning group Sterling EQ, initiated Swim For Hope with a solo rounding in 2013, and decided to turn it into an invitational in order to increase fundraising potential.

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Convoy for Kids Massive Victory for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Chariots for childhood cancer

There is nothing to get the heart pumping like 39 Big Rigs from local leading trucking companies (and their beefcake drivers) doing a toy run in aid of Childhood Cancer Awareness and Little Fighters Cancer Trust!!

The public in Somerset West Main Road rushed out of the businesses and shops in their droves to see what all the hullabaloo was about, with the truckers hooting for Childhood Cancer Awareness and the public cheering them on their way. This was echoed throughout the rest of the trip through Strand & Gordon’s Bay too. WHAT an AMAZING atmosphere!!!

Some of the Little Fighters and their families are on the trucks – having the time of their lives and loving every moment of the Toy Run – collecting new toys for the LFCT Christmas Elf Project. They are absolutely overwhelmed that this is all for THEM!! Will do another post later when we have all the photos in…. 😀


More photos, as promised… 🙂

and some more…..

The toy run ended in a handover of toys collected to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust @ Mondeor Garden Restaurant on the N2

Thanks to SA Long-Distance Truckers, Western Cape Truckers, Stephan Leppan and all the other countless individuals involved for making this first CONVOY FOR KIDS ROCK!!!!!

See you all Next Year!!!!

Convoy for Kids/Party like Rock Stars

Convoy for Kids

Inspired by Somerset West’s Reece Barends’ battle with cancer, the Somerset 1 dynamic Facebook group is dedicating their first birthday party, the Rock Star Party, to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT) on Saturday, 13 December at the Nameless Pub.

The group, started by Stephen Leppan, prides itself on the spectacular events it holds to raise funds for charity.

Saturday 13th December is going to be a day to be remembered in Somerset West!

The day will begin with a convoy of truckers from the Western Cape Truckers Association meeting at the N2 Macassar Engen Garage whence they will depart at 12 noon and drive in convoy through the Somerset West CBD to the Mondeor Garden Restaurant on the N2.

Children are invited to come along for a ride in the trucks as they proceed, collecting new toys, for the LFCT Christmas Elf Project.

At the Mondeor Garden Restaurant, the truckers will hand their gifts to Little Cancer Fighters Trust. Members of the public are welcome to meet the trucks and come enjoy a great afternoon with the children.

Hannes van der Merwe, representative of Western Cape Truckers, said “We want to make this an annual event, and will be building up to match the popularity and size of the annual Biker’s Toy Run.

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The Feelgood Summer Picnic Concert ROCKED!!!!


The first Feelgood Summer Picnic Concert at the Wellbedacht Estate in Wellington, on Saturday night ROCKED!!!

There is nowhere that I would rather have been on Saturday afternoon/evening than at at the Wellbedacht Estate in Wellington, home of Schalk Burger & Sons. The setting was stunning…. lush lawns, a dam, loads of friendly people, sunny skies, wine tasting, a delicious picnic platter and live music!! What more can a girl ask for?

We got there earlyish and just lazed around for a few hours (which LFCT NEVER does… always on the move), enjoying the sun (alternatively trying to duck it), and listening to the “No Name Band” 😉 doing their very professional sound-check… people watching and walking along the dam wall, watching a family of ducks going for their afternoon constitutional…. what BLISS!!

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YAY!!!! Thanks to All of YOU we are in the FINAL THREE!!

JUST because of YOU, we are very proud to confirm, that LFCT is indeed one of the Top Three Final Charity Finalists in the ChaiFM101.9 Charity Radiothon Competition!

The final winner and sole beneficiary of the 2014 Charity Radiothon, will be announced on September 1st.

What an amazing way it would be to kickstart International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month if it was US!

PLEASE follow this link. It will take no more than 30 seconds to fill in the very short online survey, and keep sharing and get all you friends and family to vote for LITTLE FIGHTERS CANCER TRUST!

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Little Fighters Cancer Trust 4th Annual Gold Event

4th GOld Event

Little Fighters Cancer Trust is proud to announce that our 4th Annual Gold Event will take place on Friday 26 September 2014!


Event: Little Fighters Cancer Trust Gold Event

Date: Friday 26 September 2014

Venue: Cassia Restaurant, Ntida Wine Farm, Durbanville Hills

Time: 19H00

Tickets: Details will be announced soon regarding sales of tickets


 Join us for an evening of fun, scrumptious food, delectable wines, and world-class entertainment!

We look forward to sharing the past year’s accomplishments and triumphs with you, and to dedicating our future endeavours to those to whom we had to say good-bye this past year.

We love to meet our incredible Supporters and Sponsors in a relaxed atmosphere, where we can personally thank each and every one of you for your much appreciated Support.

Attendees have a fabulous time at the Gold Event every year, so best you bookmark the date and keep an eye out for the opening of ticket sales and more detailed Gold Event Information!


Cassia @ Ntida

Cassia @ Ntida

Cassia Restaurant is situated on the Nitida Wine Farm in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley. Travel time from Cape Town is a mere 20 minutes. Here a combination of unbeatable views, imaginative food and wonderful wines await guests in a unique environment.

Carina Swims For Hope across the Bonifacio Straits & Four Times across the Messina Straits

Carina Bruwer, SAMA award-winning musician and distance swimmer, swims the Bonifacio Straits and a Messina Straits Quadruple in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

An in-depth interview with Carina Bruwer Pugliese, open-water swimmer extreme and musician extraordinaire of Sterling EQ, about why she supports Little Fighters Cancer Trust and does the Swim for Hope challenges.

Please take a few minutes to view some of her Italian swims and get an insight into what such a challenge entails.


Little Fighters Cancer Trust once again sends out a huge hug of thanks to Carina and support crew for everything that it takes to set up and do a swim of this magnitude and congratulates Carina on all her accomplished and record-breaking Swims for Hope.

Please support Carina in her efforts to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness and funding for Little Fighters Cancer Trust by donating at Just Giving


Carina’s Swim For Hope 15/06/14

Carina's Swim For Hope

Carina’s Swim For Hope

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Carina Bruwer, lead player of SAMA Award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ and record holding marathon swimmer, will take her Swim For Hope project to Europe this month, with two big Italian open water swimming crossings planned in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), a South African organization that supports children with cancer and their families. Read the rest of this entry

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