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Thank You Nestle and Dani Donald!

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Nestle teamed up with Dani Donald to realize her dream of supporting children with cancer, and Kidzcan’s dream of saving the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe.  THANK YOU!

From Dani:  “With the passing last year of my very special 17 year old cousin, Dean Butchart, I have seen how a young individual suffering from cancer reacts when given a fighting chance. Strength, bravery and honour can only come from such an opportunity. My goal, through fundraising in the Memory of Dean Butchart –  is to give young cancer sufferers a chance to fight. I am

striving to achieve not only physical improvement with regards to these children, but also psychological and emotional advancement as they are recognized as people who deserve a chance.

With regards to my present focus, Kidzcan, I would like to gain funds that can supply children with the necessary medication as this is a dire need. Further, to provide more beds in the wards as well as diagnostic and x-ray

machines to enhance early diagnosis.

I know that there are many people eager to help but are unaware of where to start; which is why I strive to not only inspire, but create mobilisation and direction towards fighting cancer in young individuals”

 

To assist me realise my dream, Nestlé Zimbabwe has partnered with Kidzcan to raise funds.

Thank you for your support in memory of Dean.

Dani Donald

December 2013

Do You Run?

What an Amazing Day of Golf!

Thank you to all the golfers, volunteers, and all of our sponsors!

Thank you to Safeguard for sponsoring the event.

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Thank you to our Partners – Rotary Club of Harare Dawn.

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And, Thank you to Premier Auto and Land rover for our amazing surprise!

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It was an amazing day and an incredible event.

A fun-filled day – though the hottest on record, we hear- raised over $10,000!

And a Land rover to boot!

 

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Golf Day 2013!

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Jenny Calderwood Fun Run!

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It was a beautiful Mother’s Day at the Jenny Calderwood Fun Run held at Peterhouse School.

 

Many thanks to all or the organizers, supporters, sponsors and participants! Thank you so much for the incredible work behind the scenes by so many people. Our thanks go to the Rector of Peterhouse, Howard Blackitt, for being so gracious in allowing us to continue to do the run.

 

Thanks also to the Peterhouse Community for their total support of this amazing event –  from the bands to the bagpipes, to all the boys and girls who participated with such enthusiasim, and the incredible Housemaster’s and House mistresses who rallied the different “houses” and created such great competition in raising money. Last, and in no means least, to the amazing ,incredible, organising team, headed by Margot Worswick. Each of you amazing ladies created one of our best fundraising events of the year – you are real pro’s.

 

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Europcar and Stanbic Host Another Outing for our Kids!

Thank you once again to Europcar and Stanbic for another amazing outing, this time to the movies! April is a long school break, and this was the highlight for most who were able to go!  The Stanbic bus left Parirenyatwa parking lot for Westgate in good time for us to buy popcorn and drinks before entering the cinema! The group donned 3-D glasses and sat back to watch Escape from Planet Earth 3D.  What fun!

 

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Orange Day Raises Awareness and Over $50,000!!

Dear Friends!

What an amazing event! It is with great pleasure, gratitude and excitement we can finally inform you all that all of us have raised $50,138.35!!

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Thank you to all the schools, corporates, community clubs, individuals, groups of friends, restaurants who wore orange, planned events, participated in events, gathered friends and family, and supported their employees  – all in an effort to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to save the lives ofchildren with cancer in Zimbabwe!

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Why do I volunteer with Kidzcan?

 

Play is what a child does best.

And, Kidzcan volunteers do just that with the children in the hospital playroom every weekday morning. Kidzcan’s group of dedicated volunteers who visit the children to play with them, read to them, or lead them in activities, are the back-bone of the work that Kidzcan does. They provide the much-needed distraction for the children from their illness, loneliness, and pain.

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Sally is Kidzcan’s volunteer coordinator. She not only spends time each week playing with children in the ward playroom, but also attends to the needs of our volunteers – liaising with and registering new volunteers, keeping the group in communication, and leading our monthly volunteer meetings.  Here is her feedback when asked why she volunteers.

 

I had spare time on my hands and knew that I would like to be involved with Kidzcan, so offered my services. This has opened up a new world to me. Initially I was concerned that being with such sick children would be difficult. At the same time, I also knew that if in any way I could make their lives just that little bit better then I had to give it a go.

 

Going into the playroom and being with the children for a couple of hours a week is an incredibly humbling and uplifting experience.  I know it is important that these children get some ‘time out’ from what is happening to them and are able to participate in activities (whether it be painting, playing card games, playing ‘quiet’ physical games, singing, etc.) to take their minds off their illnesses. When I see their joy when we play with them, it makes my efforts to facilitate this all worthwhile.

 

I have always felt that it is important to give something to others, especially to those less fortunate than I am. But I realized it would be a commitment,  and unless I was prepared to fully commit then I felt I should not offer my services, whatever they may be.    I am also a person who generally feels more comfortable when given specific tasks to do rather than seeing what is needed to be done so in the past have been cautious about offering my services.   

 

Volunteering at Kidzcan has put me in touch with amazing folk who give so selflessly of their lives/time and for this I am also very grateful.

 

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- Sally