Cancer doesn’t just affect the life of the patient, it’s far-reaching consequences also tragically ripple across the hearts, lives and emotions of family and loved ones. September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, bringing attention to the fact that over 300 000 children across 100 countries are diagnosed with cancer each year. Around 80% of child cancer patients come from low- and middle-income homes, and don’t have access to proper medical care. Most sufferers and their families can barely afford the exorbitant fees required for ongoing treatment, medication and visits to specialists.
While the cost of treatments for patients continues to rise, the Caring Women’s Forum (CWF) intervened by hosting a fundraiser to help cover expenses. The women-led community-based NGO organised a fundraising brunch to create awareness around this critical topic.
The Parisian-inspired brunch was held on 15 September 2018, when dynamic speakers and generous community members – brought together by their compassion and solidity of purpose – were treated to a delectable spread.
This ‘ladies only’ event was held at much-loved halaal eatery, Ozzy’s Kitchen in Wynberg, Johannesburg. First National Bank and Islamic Relief SA charitably sponsored the full amount of every ticket paid to the cause. Amka also generously contributed towards the event. All proceeds will be donated towards cancer organisations that specifically aid individuals who are afflicted by cancer.
The event was compèred by Akila Mayet and featured an emotionally moving talk by guest speaker and cancer survivor Asima Moosa, as well as Tasneem Khan, who sadly lost her mother to the disease. Both ladies bravely shared their own journeys while on the podium, and were signifiers of strength and fortitude. Dr Fatima Bhabha also graced the audience with her vast knowledge and experience. Other guest speakers included Nabila Mayet-Cassim, who represented Islamic Relief SA, as well as Martha Nkhwashu from First National Bank.
An impressive amount of R60 000 was raised on the day, and this will surely make a significant mark on the selected charities. Islamic Relief SA recently funded a R150 million state-of-the-art Oncology Unit at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, setting the bar for modern, child-centred healthcare facilities in Africa.
The dedicated CWF team worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the event. The fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible without the kind sponsorship of FNB Islamic Banking and Islamic Relief SA, which believe in the work CWF do and support causes that make a positive impact on lives and communities.
CWF has its own cancer care support group. The funds raised will also be filtered to this worthy cause while a sum will be donated to other cancer organisations in different communities. The money collected will be used for food, medical appointments, medical tests, palliative care, medical equipment and support of cancer patients who cannot afford any of these services. Deserving patients can now look forward to receiving the dedicated care, relief and medical attention that they desperately require.
For more information, please contact Zaheerah Bham-Ismail on firstname.lastname@example.org