Wear ‘jammies’ to help kids with cancer

CHOC Regional Coordinator for Free State and Kalahari, Retha van Essyen

Get ready to support a great cause by simply wearing your favourite pyjamas on Youth Day. CHOC Free State encourages people to join the Jammin’ in your Jammies Challenge to help support children and teenagers with cancer.

According to CHOC Regional Coordinator for Free State and Kalahari, Retha van Eyssen, the care centre for youngsters fighting various forms of cancer has had an increase in demand for services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Coronavirus has greatly increased the needs of these families. In addition, and of grave concern, is the fact that children and teens who are undergoing treatment and who have had cancer are at higher risk of contracting the Coronavirus by virtue of their compromised immune systems,” she explained.

The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is an organisation dedicated to giving families affected by cancer a place to call “a home away from home” while loved ones undergo treatment. The local branch, run by Van Eyssen with the help of both staff and volunteers, provides services to children diagnosed with cancer from across two provinces.

It is during this current moment of crisis that CHOC’s essential services are needed more than ever before. “We need to ensure that the children are safe and able to attend treatment. Parents and caregivers are also relieved of the financial stress of providing food, protection and support to their sick children and families,” said Van Essyen.

Anyone can join the Jammin’ in your Jammies Challenge on 16 June 2020. Spot prizes will also be up for grabs on the day. “Whether you’re doing your 6am to 9am exercise, popping into the garage for milk, do gardening, braaing or just lounging around on the sofa, we want to see you Jammin’ in your Jammies!

Share your videos on social media and tag CHOC,” said Van Eyssen. To participate, make a R100 donation for you and your family on GivenGain by visiting www.givengain.com/cc/jammin-in-yourjammies-challenge/.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele