60 Stories by local columnist, Albé Grobbelaar, will help the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), a non-government organisation (NGO) to continue looking after child cancer patients and their families from the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho. Grobbelaar intends to give all proceeds from his book to this organisation.
CHOC Free State supports boys and girls diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy by providing shelter and food to children and mothers at their office in Bloemfontein.
“We give them accommodation, we give them transport, we give them food, a warm bed, and a warm bath so that they just have one thing less to worry about when a child is undergoing treatment,” said Retha van Eyssen of the foundation.
Nine children can find a bed during treatment along with their mothers from around the region. According to Van Eyssen it is difficult and expensive for families to constantly travel for treatment. “Almost all our people are on social grants, so for them to have to pay money to sleep somewhere while their child is on treatment, is a huge expense. It is important to us that the mom relax and work with her child so that the child can get better,” she explained.
Grobbelaar, author of 60 Stories and father of six, said the book was a sensible way to contribute to the community and give back to those in need. “I am very much aware of the trauma that people go through because of cancer. I have seen the things that CHOC does for people and how the organisation really makes a positive contribution,” he said.
The book is a compilation of thirty English and thirty Afrikaans columns that were published in Bloemfontein Courant on topics ranging from history to personal accounts. “It is made up of a variety of topics, historical figures, very personal memories and some tongue-in-cheek writings. I hope to uplift readers and to make them smile because making a positive contribution is what is important to me,” Grobbelaar said.
Mimosa Mall sponsored the printing of the book. It will be launched on 12 September and will be available at Mimosa Mall. Ten talented local artists who were selected from scores of entries for Bloemfontein Courant‘s search for up-and-coming artists will also be exhibiting their artwork at the same event.
Tickets will be R150. Any enquiries may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. 60 Stories can be bought at Mimosa Mall at R100 or ordered from Bloemfontein Courant at email@example.com with a postage fee of R20. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele