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Individual Donors

Lady Hilda Clarke

In 2008, Lady Hilda Clarke gave a extremely generous benefaction to AfrOx. This invaluable donation provided the funds to help establish AfrOx as an organization and to initiate our work in Ghana. Without this donation, none of the work that AfrOx has achieved over the past two years would have been possible.

 

David Emanuel Memorial Fund

Dr. David Emanuel, was a Paediatric Haematologist-Oncologist and the Vice President of Global Medical Affairs, Oncology, at Novartis. A South African, he worked to expand cancer treatment access in Africa. He was a visionary thinker, true academic, caring gentleman, and devoted father and husband. Dr Emanuel was helping AfrOx to plan its work in palliative care in Africa. His family and friends donated to AfrOx in his memory following his tragically early death. The money from the David Emanuel Memorial Fund has been used by AfrOx to continue Dr Emanuel's work and to lay the foundations of AfrOx's palliative care programme in Ghana. The fund has supported the cost of the palliative care needs assessment in Ghana and the series of 5 palliative care workshops in Accra in Octover 2009. This provided training for 120 health-workers.

For more information about the work that has been funded by the David Emanuel Memorial Fund, please click here.

 

Cycle Ride from Banjul to Barcelona

Picture 055In 2009, Adam and Marc DeCaul completed a cycle ride from Banjul in The Gambia to Barcelona, Spain. They raised £645.50 for AfrOx. This donation was very gratefully received and is being used to support the cost of designing information literature for the Cancer Code for Ghana project, which aims to promote cancer prevention measures.

A diary account by Adam DeCaul about his ride is given below …

Whilst on my university placement year in The Gambia, I asked the one person I knew would say yes (my brother Marc) if he would like to cycle across the Sahara desert with me. After convincing ourselves and our parents that it was possible, we organized our charity cycle ride across the Sahara desert together. At the end of my placement, Marc flew to Gambia to meet me and after spending just three days in the 'markets' we found semi-decent bikes that would make the distance. We spent 28 days on our bikes heading north making our way through five countries: Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara and Morocco. Along the way we fought against 40km head winds, all the elements the desert had to throw at us including the extreme heat in the day with no hope of shade and then the cold at night in our tent. We managed to achieve our goal by cycling 2500km to Tarfaya in Morocco, crossing the Sahara desert and raising awareness and funds for a worthwhile charity that meant something to both us. My brother wanted a charity that had a focus on cancer prevention and after living in Africa for a year I wanted one that helped developing countries. We thus decided on AfrOx as they aim to partner with African countries and assist them in implementing comprehensive cancer prevention and cancer control programs. We created a webpage that has a description of our daily activities and events along the way as well as pictures of our adventure which can be found at http://tourdesahara.wordpress.com

For more information about the Cancer Code project which is being partly funded by the money that Adam and Marc DeCaul raised, please click here.

 

Christmas Gift Appeal 2008

Xmas gifts to childrens wardIn 2008, AfrOx made an appeal with the Cancer Society of Ghana for Christmas gifts for children with cancer in Ghana.

We were able to send 490 Christmas gifts to Ghana, due the generous donations of people from across England and Scotland, the team of volunteers who helped to pack the gifts and our kind donors who covered the cost of transportation.

The Cancer Society of Ghana distributed the gifts on Christmas Day. Mrs Becky Akufo Addo, the wife of Ghana's opposition party leader, went to the hospitals to give out the presents. She was accompanied two patrons of the Cancer Society of Ghana, Mrs Emma Banga and Mrs Emma Mitchell.

The gifts were distributed to four hospitals: 80 boxes were given out in the children's ward at the Ridge Hospital, 120 gifts were given at the Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital, and 150 gifts were given to children with cancer at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

As we had more gifts than anticipated, 45 gifts were given out to children at the Psychiatric Hospital: children here suffer from various ailments, ranging from downs syndrome to learning difficulties and almost all have been abandoned by their parents.

On 27 December, the remaining 95 gifts were distributed at a Christmas party for children who are outpatients at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Father Victor Sackey, (the Executive Secretary of the Cancer Society of Ghana), dressed up as Father Christmas and gave out the gifts. The Cancer Society of Ghana also distributed some snacks with the gifts at each hospital. The event was covered by both TV and print media in Ghana. In each hospital, the parents and children commented that the gifts were wonderful and that they were sincerely appreciated.

A big thank you to everyone who supported this appeal.