Help keep CANSA Newcastle afloat

NEWCASTLE – Come the end of March, the premises the Newcastle Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) called home, will no long be available.

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Solely dependent on donor funding, the organisation is forced to close its doors due to the lack of funds.

Staff at the CANSA office in Newcastle were devastated at the news, but keep their fingers crossed.

“We might not have a physical office to operate from, but we will still be offering the public our services,” said Service Delivery Mobiliser at CANSA, Sherika Ramsaroop.

These services include home visits to cancer patients, along with counselling afforded to family members of cancer patients.

CANSA also serves as a mediator between doctors and patients, to bridge the medical jargon gap, and help patients understand their cancer better.

“We will still be visiting schools and continuing our campaigns to create awareness to the public.”

Although every effort was made to minimise costs within the association, expenses incurred became unaffordable.

CANSA Newcastle is the service centre for the Amajuba region and offers services to areas as far as Paulpietersburg.

“We cover a wide geographic area and many people will be affected by this change.”

According to CANSA Newcastle, it is imperative the centre remains operative because the number of cancer patients is on the increase.

“We are the only association that takes care of cancer patients holistically.”

Not focusing on specific cancer support, staff of CANSA Newcastle are determined to assist all cancer patients.

“I am defined by my job. This is what I am passionate about. I love educating people about prevention and creating awareness around cancer. When we have campaigns, we pull out every resource to make it a success. Even if we don’t get paid to do what we do, I will still work for CANSA,” said Mrs Ramsaroop.

CANSA Newcastle appeals to the community to support its upcoming CANSA Shavathon at the end of February.

“Every little donation counts. Please Newcastle, help us to help cancer patients.”

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