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Dec 9, 2014

Our Heroes

Child
Child

Dear Friends of Kidzcan, 

To end of an incredibly challenging yet rewarding 2014 we want to honour our heroes. 

We are witness to them regularly at Kidzcan. On the wards, in the form of a doctor, a nurse, a member of Parirenyatwa staff, a young patient, a caregiver, a volunteer. Off the ward they are people who selflessly share their expertise, contacts, business services and goods, money, time, to give children “the right to the fight” to survive cancer. 

What exactly is a hero? Searching online, this particular definition found on www.hero-central.com seemed apt: “A hero: An individual, organization, or entity that is motivated by a shared sense of the public good, who takes responsibility for the life and circumstances of those around them, and whose actions or efforts improve the circumstances of others and defends against hostile forces, regardless of risk to self and without thought of personal gain.”

The children struggling to survive cancer always remain our greatest of heroes, but in addition, this year alone our heroes have included among them: 

  • The 16 year old student who garnered support from her friends, family and school community to sponsor her run in aid of Kidzcan; 
  • The couple based in Dubai who, as part of their own journey with cancer, coordinated a marathon run. Their fundraising supporters spanned continents (she finished the marathon in third place!);
  • The group of friends who organized a Spring Ball that has brought on new and varied supporters; 
  • The women who knitted beautiful soft teddy bears for the children; 
  • The pharmaceutical company who stepped up with a significant monthly recurring donation of chemotherapy medicines as well as another one that has committed to providing hand sanitizer and soap to improve hygiene practices on the wards; 
  • The 10 year old who forfeited birthday gifts from his friends and family - instead asking each to bring funds to donate to Kidzcan;
  • The scores of students from schools across the nation who have raised funds or donated goods - including the youngest children from nursery schools sharing their beautiful toys and beloved stuffed animals with the children on the wards this Christmas; 
  • And, our heroes who have loyally supported Kidzcan’s work for many years. They know who they are; we hope they know how much they are appreciated. 

We are truly grateful to all the heroes who “try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” (Maya Angelou) 

We thank you. Happy Holidays.

Child on Ward
Child on Ward
Child in bed
Child in bed
Sep 8, 2014

Hello Friends

Clown Visit
Clown Visit

Dear Friends,

Kidzcan has had an exciting quarter! One of the most exciting happenings is that Media Matrix produced a short film to show case our work. We hope to raise awareness and funding through this film. If you have not yet seen it please click on the following link, watch, like and share with your network: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76fkoZE4yAc

On the funding side Kidzcan was awarded a two year grant from ELMA Philanthropies and we had our first Spring Ball at the Glass house which raised over $30, 000! 

In brief here’s where we are at from May –August 2014:

  • 309 children assisted and rising! 
  • The early detection programme kicked off this quarter in Mashonaland Central. We have already held several early detection workshops with both clinicians and traditional medical practitioners. 
  • Kidzcan is developing its psychosocial support programme following the award of an innovation grant from REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative). 
  • Savanna pharmaceuticals extended its support to Kidzcan by providing a substantial amount of drugs for free and an additional amount at cost. 
  • Eaglesvale interact club took several children supported by Kidzcan to Mukuvusi woodlands for a morning of fun with the animals. 
  • Rakesh from Brotherhood Clothing has generously sponsored clown to visit the children on the wards at least once a month. Spontaneous humour and gentle play minimizes stress during hospitalization and treatment and we have seen firsthand how Ajigiga the clown brings joy to children, parents, and nurses! 

We thank you for your continued support of the work we do in ensuring that children are given the right to the fight to survive cancer. 

Bev Sebastian & the Kidzcan Team 

Jun 5, 2014

Kidzcan Update!

Kidzcan
Kidzcan

The first 5 months of 2014 have been both exciting and challenging for Kidzcan.  Not only have we moved offices to 6 Natal Road (the same premises as Island Hospice), we have a new Executive Director.  Bev Sebastian has taken over from Kidzcan founder Andrea Whatman. Kidzcan is Andrea’s DNA and she continues to be an important part of the organization as both a board member and a volunteer. 

Through your support we continue to ensure Zimbabwean children are given the right to the fight to survive cancer. In brief here’s where we were at on the 23rd May 2014:

√ 263 children assisted and rising! Last year we assisted 465 children in total.

This assistance includes diagnostic tests, laboratory tests, chemotherapy drugs, blood and blood products, transport assistance and psychosocial support.  

√ Orange day was a success! We raised over $50,000 in just one day. 

√We are planning for the next phase of our early detection programme. The pilot commences June 2014. 

Kidzcan relies solely on the generosity of donors and we have over the past few months received much needed support from various sources. These donors include, but are not limited to, Delta Corporation, Econet, Europcar, Jeezum Hobbies, Kikis, Nestle, Nyaradzo, NMB, TM, Strauss Logistics, TEAR Australia, Savanna Pharmaceuticals, Hyundai, Landrover, Central Baptist Church, Damien Whelan and Maeve McAllister, and Northside Community Church.

Despite such generosity, Kidzcan is facing massive financial difficulties resulting from the rising cost of treatment and an increase in the number of children requiring our assistance.  With the struggling economy, our local donors are stretched and cannot support our organization as much as they would like to and we desperately need.  We are working hard to raise awareness and increase revenue. We will be filming 

Kidzcan believes in the right to the fight for survival and we do this by reaching out to assist the most vulnerable in our society.  We believe that kids with cancer can survive and there is a future.  Thank you for your continued support. 

The Kidzcan team 

 
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