School raises awareness about child cancer

The Cansa mascot, Toktokkie, got all the children at St Raphaels Roman Catholic School excited at the cancer awareness day.

St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Athlone hosted its third annual cancer awareness programme.

The main aim for this year was to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and the theme was Dealing in Hope.

The school formed a committee of 10 teachers including principal, Ingrid Leukes.

The team, with the help of all staff members, arranged various activities throughout September to raise awareness.

The programme ended with a “cupcake for childhood cancer day” on Friday October 13.

Theawarenessactivities included classroom door decoration, discussions about early warning signs and symptoms, a remembrance tree, and yellow ribbons to wear.

All pupils and teachers came dressed in yellow. The school’s Soul Buddyz, from Grade 5 to Grade 7, along with their teachers, took to the streets of Athlone to hand out information pamphlets.

They also went to Athlone train station, where they handed out pamphlets and displayed posters.

The day ended with pupils buying a cupcake and juice and enjoying heritage games with staff members. The mascot, Toktokkie from
the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) also visited the school.

Ms Leukes said the school is grateful to all pupils, parents, family, friends and community members for their generosity and spirit of kindness shown.

“We sold about 500 cupcakes and all proceeds will be donated to the children’s cancer unit at Tygerberg hospital,” she said.

Anyone who would like to help the school raise even more funds can call 021 696 6718 or email