Childhood Cancer Project

Red Cross Hospital

DURING 2018/19 Lions Clubs International elected the 102 year old organisation’s first female International President Gudrun Yngvadottir of Iceland and she introduced Lions fifth International service pillar – Childhood Cancer.

Following intensive local research Lions District 410A (now District 410W) adopted the Childhood Cancer and Haematology Unit at the specialist Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Individual Lions members and their clubs have a long association with the hospital through donations and directly assisting young patients.

Last upgraded in 2005 the unit needed redevelopment in order to cope with increased patient numbers and to be able to provide improved facilities for patients and their families. Lions financial contribution of ZAR400,000.00 was raised from clubs and individual Lion donors from the previous District 410A (Western Cape, Northern Cape and Namibia) and Lions Clubs International Foundation, Chicago, USA with each donating 50 percent.

The CHC Unit now has two separate modern Family Patient Consulting rooms each named in honour of the Lions of 410A and its’ International Foundation. Further recognition appears on the individual glass donor plaques surrounded by colourful butterflies.

Walk for Little Warriors

Childhood Cancer has continued to tug at the heartstrings of Lions across not only District 410W but also Multiple District 410. This February thousands of Lions and friends of Lions in a Multiple District 410 initiative, take to the beaches, streets, parks, and walkways to walk in solidarity in the Walk for Little Warriors, an awareness walk for children suffering from and who have survived cancer.