A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~
Mother’s Day is a day on which mothers across the world are celebrated and honoured for the role that they play in our lives and in society, and in our eyes there are no mothers who deserve this honour and a little bit of spoiling more than the mothers of our Little Fighters.
The earliest history of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.
Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.
Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ.
Today Mother’s day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates), and children of all ages take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support.
Mother love is the fuel that enables
a normal human being to do the impossible.
~ Marion C. Garretty ~
Being the mother of a Child with Cancer is no easy feat. There is no pain like that of a mother watching her child suffer knowing that there is basically nothing that they can do to make them feel better.
The mother of a Child with Cancer spends many days and nights in the hospital when their child is hospitalised for tests or treatments ~ sometimes for months on end. In many cases, the family home is hundreds if not thousands of kilometres away and this means that the mother at the bedside of her child has no familial support and often does not get to see her husband or other children for months on end either.
These mothers sit in hospital together with other mothers of children with cancer, bearing not only their own pain but the pain of the other mothers as well; whenever another child is diagnosed their hearts break all over again; whenever a child loses the fight they hurt for those parents and all they can do is hope and pray that their child will not be next, that they will not be the next to hear the words, “We are very sorry, but there is nothing more we can do” and that they will not have to return home and watch their child die in front of their eyes.
“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness
and children sleep soundly in them.”
~ Victor Hugo ~
The joys of Mother’s Day in the childhood cancer community are muted by the sorrows of lost battles, but by the same token, it is necessary to celebrate this day for and with those mothers still fighting the battle with their children, to celebrate their strength, to give them just a few moments of respite and allow them to feel loved and special, and to give them hope that their sorrow will one day give way to joy, and that laughter will replace tears.
Mother’s Day Project
Every year the Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust brings Mother’s Day to mothers sitting at the bedside of their Little Fighter in 11 Paediatric Oncology Hospital Wards across South Africa, most of whom will not receive a card, a bunch of flowers, a gift, or a visit, as their family live too far away.
We strive to make their load a little lighter, their day a little brighter, and show them a little love and appreciation on a day which commemorates Motherhood, their sacrifices and their unconditional, pure love.
Our Mothers Day Project falls under our Special Celebrations and Events and is always a huge project for us as we truly believe that honouring these mothers is our privilege and something which they truly need and deserve.
We would like to cover all the hospitals at which we have Little Fighters, which totals 11 hospital wards and 220 Mothers to spoil.
- 3 hospitals in Cape Town;
- 2 hospitals in Johannesburg;
- 2 hospitals in Pretoria;
- 1 hospital in Durban;
- 1 hospital ward in Pietermaritzburg; and
- 1 hospital in Bloemfontein.
We are in need of the following donations, PER HOSPITAL WARD
- Perfumed body spray x 20
- Body lotion x 20
- Makeup item (nail polish, lipstick, mascara) x 20
- Box of chocolates x 20
- Pretty A5 size note book and pen x 20
- A5/A4 size pretty gift bags x 20
- Mother’s Day Card x 20
How You Can Help
We have just TWO WEEKS in which to pull this all together, co if you would like to contribute to help us honour these mothers, perhaps in honour of your own mother, there are various ways in which you can do this:
- Collect donations of the above goodies from friends, family and colleagues
- Purchase some of the required goods yourself
- Make a financial contribution:
Little Fighters Cancer Organization
FNB Paarl Mall
Account Number: 62277783249
Branch Code: 250057
We will arrange for collection from drop off points in various areas – please note, the deadline for dropping off your donations at the drop off points is FRIDAY, 29th APRIL !
ALL donations must reach us at 6 Mossop Street Paarl by the very LATEST, Monday, 2nd May.
This will allow just enough time for us to sort, pack and send off to our representatives who will do the deliveries on Mother’s Day, the 8th of May.
Please call or message your closest drop off person to arrange when and where to deliver your goodies. They all have day-jobs, so might not reply straight away or be able to answer their phones while at work, but they will reply!
Cape Town and Surrounds
Nazley Payne: Royal Cape Golf Club, Wynberg/Ottery, 083 425 0898
Andrea Bowen: Century City and Noordhoek: 083 461 4990
Marian Theron: Goodwood and Northern Suburbs: 076 861 7541
Melanie Redelinghuys: Belville, 083 799 0068
Little Fighters Cancer Trust: Paarl, 073 729 6155
Erika Mostert: The Stork’s Nest, Somerset West, 084 540 0500
Catherine Bester: Atlantic Seaboard, 082 521 0000
Annalize Kruger: Stellenbosch, 082 872 4264
Jeanne-Marie Eigelaar Robertson: 082 327 0803
Ceale Johnston: 082 654 2218
Katrin Jansen van Vuuren: Birch Acres and Herriotdale, 083 655 2857
Karen Brooks: Parkhurst (for JNB West and North), 083 259 6324
Tracy Mckinon: Bedfordview/ Edenvale, 082 880 7048
Sunette van Wyk: 083 390 5141
Michelle Manicum: 083 393 7599 (Unit 13, Greenfields Business Park, North Coast Road)
Lauren Hook: Cell: 081 054 4286 and home landline: 033 3949480
For those who would prefer to make financial donations, including our international supporters, please do so via one of the following means using the reference MOM
Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
Account No: 62277783249
Branch code: 250057
Swift code for international donations: FIRNZAJJ
Trust Reg No: IT2817/2010
PayPal – Donations
We all want our Mothers to feel happy, loved and appreciated, so let’s all pull together to make it so for those Mommies who will spend Mother’s Day in a hospital ward next to their sick child.
Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org (National) or