It was a blue Monday for Table Mountain, but not in the way you think. Our beautiful mountain lit up in blue last night in honour of International Childhood Cancer Day.
According to Traveller24, the blue light was sponsored by Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC), who have been supporting children with cancer for over 35 years. The mountain was illuminated to shine a light for those affected by the terrible disease and to make us reflect on this.
On the Table Mountain blog, they say that research shows the survival rate of children diagnosed with cancer in developed countries is around 80%, but the in South Africa it is only 50% as children are not diagnosed early enough. To see what work CHOC does check out this video.
If you want to volunteer, donate or just help CHOC out, click here to find out what you can do. You can also buy a Relate Bracelet for R39 at Woolworths to show your support.
Now let’s look at how beautiful Table Mountain was last night:
? C H O C In recognition of International Childhood Cancer Day, Table Mountain will be lit up in blue on the evening of Monday, 15 February 2016. CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 as a support group to parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of the child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support. From the onset CHOC provided support in the hospital wards, hence the name Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics, or CHOC. Gradually parent groups were set up in other key centres, where the major state-funded academic hospitals are located and paediatric oncologists practice. In 2000, these regional entities merged into a national organisation. CHOC now has a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 13 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. With occupancy steadily increasing our budget for maintenance and running costs of the accommodation facilities in 2015 will amount to R7.132 million, with each facility costing over half a million and we have a total capacity of 66 030 bed nights per annum. We do not receive funding from government but rely heavily on donations from caring corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are used to provide all-encompassing support – from direct practical help to the children and their families and those involved in the treatment – to necessary equipment. #tablemountain #7wondersofnature #longexposure #milkyway #astrophotography #brendonwainwright #capetown #ThisisSouthAfrica #iamnikonsa #thruthelens #CHOC
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