Langenhoven Park school raises over R3000 for cancer patients 

It was smiles all round at the Happy@Pre-school in Langenhoven Park as the children and staff celebrated Sunflower Day (aka Bandana Day). Credit: Angela Allison

Over 130 learners at the Happy@Pre-school child facility in Langenhoven Park raised R3250 for child cancer patients in collaboration with Pick n Pay. This was done during the school’s recent celebration of “Sunflower Day” (formerly known as Bandana Day).

Children and adults around the country pledged their support to child cancer patients by buying funky-looking bandanas which are referred to as Tubes of Hope, or “topes”, in an effort to raise funds for child cancer patients at the Sunflower House Foundation.

According to Lizette Henning, owner of the child education facility, the children pledged their support by buying a bandana that cost R25 at Pick n Pay. Pick n Pay then donated the proceeds of every bandana sold to the Sunflower Fund.

This campaign, which began in 2003 when Pick ‘n Pay first joined forces with the Sunflower Fund, was first known as Bandana Day. “This campaign was established with the aim of raising awareness on the need for bone marrow donors and also to increase the number of donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). Donors are critically needed in order to save the lives of those with leukaemia and other blood disorders through bone marrow transplants,” said Pick n Pay’s National Director of Transformation, Suzanne-Ackerman-Bergman.

Finalist in the 2017 Miss Heritage International pageant, Moleboheng Pholia Tanyane. Credit: Angela Allison

While Ackerman-Bergman says the campaign by Pick ‘n Pay has seen many success stories, there are still too many sad stories as the donor list is still not big enough.  The topes initially went on sale on 7 August in all Pick n Pay stores around the country and have since been sold out as businesses and schools came in their numbers to support the campaign.

Also attending the event at Happy@Pre-school was finalist in the 2017 Miss Heritage International pageant, Moleboheng Pholia Tanyane. She also attended the event as part of Heritage Month celebrations.

Henning said she was pleased to have been a part of the event as support from the parents of the children was overwhelming. “I was also glad that it taught the children to do something for other people, as this teaches them to give towards worthy causes such as this one,” Henning said.