On Wednesday 22 May, the Lions took an afternoon out of their busy week to remind the patients of the CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation) Gauteng South region what home is really like when they gave them a House Party to remember. As part of this season’s #TacklingCancer campaign, the Lions together with Vodacom hosted the children and their families, their caregivers, medical staff and CHOC volunteers at an exclusive House Party at Saxonwold House in Johannesburg. Children from the CHOC facilities in Saxonwold and Diepkloof were treated to a day of Marvel gifts, goodie bags ( which were handed to them by the Lions players), fun activities on giant inflatables, as much popcorn and ice cream as they can eat, and a selfie booth to capture moments with the Lions player.
During the Super Rugby season, a week can fly by in a blur of matches, training and other commitments. But for the children fighting a daily battle with cancer, a week in hospital can feel like a lifetime. And for many, that hospital ward has become their second home. This party really is a much needed special memory made for these kids with their families and caregivers.
The CHOC House Party is another element of a commitment by South Africa’s Super Rugby teams to tackle cancer in every possible way this season. Off the field, all the South African Super Rugby teams are hosting similar events for the CHOC children in their areas. And on the field, for every tackle the South African players make this season R100 is being donated jointly by Vodacom and SuperSport to CHOC in support of these children and their battle to overcome cancer. Their aim is to raise R1 million by the end of the season. So far they are just below the R600 000 mark. You to can contribute towards raising money for CHOC by following this link.