Support young Amanzimtoti cancer survivor’s fight

A young Amanzimtoti cancer survivor needs the public’s help to continue his brave fight against the dreaded disease.

Chris Botes (11), a grade 5 pupil at Kuswag Skool, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March. “It was cancerous and it disappeared after he went through four chemotherapy sessions,” said his aunt Sandy van Niekerk. “However to ensure it doesn’t return, he needs expensive stem cell treatment.”

When the SUN spoke to Sandy on Monday, 3 September, Chris and his parents Cristelle and Jacey were on their way to Cape Town for the doctors to assess him. To date no donor match has been found for him on the database and, surprisingly, his twin Jacey is not compatible.

To help his parents to be able to afford the six-week treatment in Cape Town once a match has been found, Robbie Willemse, whose son is friends with Chris, has taken it upon himself to fundraise for the little boy.

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The first event he has planned is a concert with renowned Afrikaans singer and actor, Bobby van Jaarsveld at Kuswag on Saturday, 29 September. “Bobby has been fantastic with coming on board to help us fundraise for Chris,” he said. “He will bring his whole band to Toti and will perform two sets – the first is a ‘ladies and daughters’ breakfast that will take place from 9am to 10am, and then the men will be allowed in for a family show from 10am to 11am.”

Catch renowned Afrikaans singer and actor, Bobby van Jaarsveld on stage at Kuswag Skool on Saturday, 29 September to raise funds for cancer survivor Chris Botes.

The morning will include a fleamarket and jumping castles for the little ones to enjoy. Tickets cost R100 and breakfast rolls will be sold by Kuswag. Take your own drinks. To buy your ticket or book a fleamarket stall, call Robbie on 082-561-2208 or Sandy on 082-787-2656.

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The second fundraiser is part of the Amashova Durban Classic cycle race on 27 October. “We have 14 riders committed to date but we need more – as many as possible,” said Robbie. “You don’t need to do the ultra distances, just the 35km family day. We then need the public to sponsor the riders.” To participate or sponsor a rider at Amashova, or to assist with fundraising, call Robbie.

“We have no idea how much money we will need for Chris’ treatment,” said Sandy. “If we manage to raise more than we need, the remaining funds will be donated to assist other children battling cancer.”


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