The Elizabeth Chanakira Cancer Trust (ECCT) which was founded in Zimbabwe in May 2011, recently launched its first worldwide fundraising campaign, “Sponsor a Zimbabwean Cancer Patient”. Cancer is now the leading cause of death globally, with 70% of deaths occurring in developing countries. According to the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry, it is the leading cause of death in Zimbabwe, above HIV/AIDS. The ECCT’s missions are to raise awareness of cancer amongst Zimbabweans, raise awareness of Natural Health & Fitness for a healthier population and fundraise for marginalised Zimbabwean cancer sufferers.
The Sponsor a Zimbabwean Cancer Patient campaign aims to sponsor 5 disadvantaged Zimbabwean cancer sufferers with one or more of: prescription costs, medical consultation fees and if they have a child or children in primary school – the ECCT will provide part payment of the annual school fees of 1 primary school going child. The actual sponsorship will commence in January 2013.
Zimbabwean-based cancer patients who would like to apply for funding can now do so on the recently-launched new ECCT website at www.elizabethchanakira.org. Application forms can be downloaded and emailed, printed and/or sent in by post to the ECCT PO Box. Applications are open until 30 June 2012, and a decision on the 5 successful applicants will be made by 31 July 2012. The successful applicants will be publicly announced by 15 August 2012.
Up to 200 countries worldwide can donate via their mobile phones using credit/debit cards, by phone or SMS. Furthermore, those in Australia, the UK and the USA can donate a set amount of USD$5 by SMS, with the funds being deducted from their airtime credit or from their monthly contract bill.
The Founder, Teurai Chanakira, has also announced that the ECCT will be spreading its message and looking for potential applicants in the areas where people need help the most. The ECCT will also be hosting various fundraising initiatives worldwide to allow them to fund the cancer patients.
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