Here you will find an updated list of the current and future projects that LFCT undertakes.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s work is divided into two main sections:
- Support to Children with Cancer and their Families
- Advocating and promoting Childhood Cancer Awareness
Support to Children with Cancer and their Families is in turn divided into three main priorities, which ensures that our reach is as wide as our resources can manage:
- Support to Individual Childhood Cancer affected Families
- Support to Paediatric Oncology Hospital Wards
- Support to Children with Cancer housed in Places of Safety
Advocating and promoting Childhood Cancer Awareness
- September is International Childhood cancer Awareness Month, a fact which our organisation brought under the attention of the South African Government, and since 2012, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is also listed on the Government’s National Awareness Calendar.
However, Children are not only diagnosed with cancer in September, so the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is fully committed to spreading Awareness and Childhood Cancer Education every day of the year.
Our Support and Awareness Projects are born either from opportunity or out of needs arising.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust operates nationally and our Projects are implemented across South Africa.
Detailed in the following sections, you will find more information on our long-term Projects, but please note, we also have short and medium term projects, and, with the right corporate partners on board, can specifically design Projects for companies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Portfolios, encouraging more than just financial contributions.
We appreciate the following from our Partnerships and Sponsors:
- Staff Involvement
- Hands on work time with the LFCT Team
- Long term Partnerships
- Using more than just your financial resources, for example; expertise, product, marketing and promotional networks and services
In return, we offer:
- The customary taxation and BEE score benefits. (Donations received accrue to over 80% South African Black beneficiaries as per the BEE Codes of Good Practice.)
- Visual feedback by means of a photographic or audio-visual Project Report
- Open line of communication with LFCT
- Open access to our latest annual audited financial report, our Constitution, Trust Deeds and any other relevant Organizational Documentation
- Prompt and timely issuance and provision of Benefit Documentation and Project Reports
Please contact LFCT’s Project Manager, Mandie Erasmus, on 073 729 6155 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our Projects, implementation and involvement.
Please click on the sub-pages under “Projects” or the links hereunder for more information on each project:
The LFCT BAG OF HOPE Project was initiated in 2010, when it became very clear, after numerous visits to paediatric Oncology Wards, that there is a desperate need for support to the Child with Cancer AND the bedside care-giver, which is usually, the child’s Mother.
The LFCT BAG OF HOPE Project was conceived to provide Children with Cancer in Hospitals and their Bedside Carers with the basics like toiletries, snacks, toys, food, personal hygiene products and more.
For the Barefoot for a Day Project we ask you to go barefoot on 1st March and to pledge the purchase of a new pair of children’s shoes.
We rarely distribute second-hand goods to Children with Cancer as their immune systems are depleted due to their treatments.Shoes should be posted or delivered to various drop-off points, to reach us before April 1st.
The Christmas Elf Project provides Children with Cancer with Christmas presents which many of them would not have otherwise. For many children this will be the only Christmas presents they will get.
Apart from supporting Individual Children with Cancer, their siblings also get Christmas Gifts and many of these destitute Families are also gifted with a full month’s worth of groceries so that they too can share in the Festive Season without having to worry about where the next meal will come from.
The emBRACE Project is a job-creation and self-earning Project, which means that, even while sitting in hospital, caring for their Child with Cancer, these Mommies can still earn a small income; enough for them to be able to provide the basics for themselves, maybe have a bit spare for treats for their Little Fighters.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Get Wrapped Project was born out of our visits to Paediatric Oncology Hospital wards across South Africa. During these visits we realised that even though some hospitals are better equipped than others, there was a dire shortage of and need for decent bedding at most of the hospitals.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Get Wrapped Project entails asking for donations of new single bed blankets, preferably soft blankets due to the children’s sensitive skins due to some of the treatment regimens and distributing them to Little Fighters in Hospitals throughout South Africa.
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust does Mandela Day 365 days every year. However, on Mr Mandela’s Birthday, we encourage companies and individuals to join us in some grassroots work, getting their hands dirty, walking the walk with us, and giving of themselves.
The LFCT Snug as a Bug Project was born early winter of 2013, due to the increasing requests to our organization to provide Children with Cancer with clothing.
The Snug as a Bug Project collects and distributes clothing for and to Little Fighters in Hospitals all over South Africa twice annually; at the start of Summer and at the start of Winter.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust focuses on a diverse and wide range of support and as the preservation of dignity is a main objective of the work it does, immense effort goes into preventing Children with Cancer and the Families from feeling alienated and forgotten.Special celebrations that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust takes special care to provide for include but are not limited to: Birthdays; Fun Outings; Mother’s Day; Christmas; Funerals
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Swim for Hope project began in 2013 when South African musician and veteran marathon swimmer Carina Bruwer returned to the ocean after a 6-year break with an impressive open water swim around Cape Point, in extreme conditions, to raise funds and awareness for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Since then it has become an Annual Invitational Event.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust recognises and assists with the Nutritional needs of Children with Cancer and their Families through various projects because a Child with Cancer requires special food and extra nutrition which most families can ill afford over and above the already soaring cost of Cancer:
1. Festive Season Food Hampers
The Festive Season Food Hampers put together by LFCT benefit Children with Cancer housed at Places of Safety. These children are referred to Places of Safety by their treating oncologist, as their home circumstances are not conducive to them getting well at home. These Little Fighters can often only go home once a year; sometimes already financially strained families do not arrive to collect their children for the Holidays as there are just no resources at home to care for a Child with Cancer. In order to ensure that these children have the opportunity to be with their friends and family over the Festive Season, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust provides comprehensive, non-perishable food hampers for the child to take home, ensuring that both the Child with Cancer and the family have healthy and nutritious food over the holiday period.
2. Feeding Our Families
In excess of 50% of the individual Childhood Cancer-affected families that are supported by the Little Fighters Cancer Trust have lost one income due to the child’s diagnosis. Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for families to follow due to lack of funds. With one parent in the hospital for months, sometimes years on end, the sole breadwinner struggles to make ends meet at home. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust ensures that these families have food in the home while the Child with Cancer is in and out of hospital.