As normal human beings we all want to lend a helping hand here and there to show our support for a worthy cause. The past week has been all about getting involved and taking action for Cancer and seeing as this cause is one close to our hearts we’ve come up with some ideas as to where you can help.
It’s one thing to donate your time or money but people don’t realise how extreme they can actually go without being too extreme (so to speak).
A very well know foundation that strives in aiding cancer patients is the Sunflower foundation. Each year thousands of South Africans are diagnosed with Leukaemia (mostly children and teenagers). Blood disorders like Leukaemia, Aplasia and immune deficiencies can be treated with the help of various donors. However 75% of patients will not have a suitable sibling and thus the search for a matching donor starts.
How can YOU help?
Dr Darren Green says the perfect ideal for the Sunflower foundation would be to expand their registry to 100 000 donors who can represent all of South Africa’s ethnic backgrounds.
Register as a Bone marrow donor:
It’s pretty simple and time worth spending. Simply call the sunflower foundation (toll-free) on 0800 12 10 82 weekdays 8:30 am – 4:30pm to make sure you meet the required criteria and to complete your SABMR/Sunflower Fun application.
- Committed to helping anyone.
- Between 18-45 years.
- General good health (not at risk of contracting hepatitis or sexually transmitted diseases).
- Weigh over 50kg and with a BMI <30.
If you’re not able to donate towards the cause of your blood test (which will be about R2000) you will be placed on a waiting list until the funds become available (this will be courtesy of the Sunflower Fund – which is their sole objective; raising money for the procedure).
A small blood sample, will be taken, analysed and put on the national database and registered donors will receive a donor card. The next time the SABMR contacts you, you will be identified as a suitable match for a patient.
For more information on joining the SA Bone Marrow Registry or if you have queries regarding The Sunflower Fund or to donate to it, call toll free: 0800 12 10 82 or visit: www.sunflowerfund.org.za
You can also support national Bandanna day by buying a bandanna for R25!
There’s no official time stamp on giving and caring. Like countless women (even little girls) you can cut off locks in order to fashion a wig to help patients going through Cancer and then losing their hair because of treatment.
- Hair that is 22cm or longer.
- Hair should be clean and dry.
- All hair whether dyed or treated is acceptable. (No dreadlocks)
- When cutting the hair, please bind both ends with an elastic band and place in a zip-lock bag (this preserves it in the best condition while being transported to the wig manufacturer).
CANSA does not accept donations at their Shavathon stations but you can follow these steps if you feel like giving something as personal as your hair away:
Send your hair donation in a plastic bag with your name and contact details on it.
Postage Human Hair Donations to CANSA
For Att: Esti Lindner
CANSA Head Office
P.O. Box 2121, Bedfordview 2008
Tel: 011-616 7662 or
Cell: 072 529 6082
Dropping off hair donations:
Please direct any queries regarding wigs or the donation of human hair to your local CANSA Care Centre, alternately, contact Esti Lindner at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
These are just two of the many ways you can help in a personal, physical and emotional way! There is also still the CANCA website where you can buy limited edition products and get involved in banquets, sports events and seminars to help with the cause.
Visit http://www.cansa.org.za and keep eye on their social calendar.