Pyjama Day at Wise Owl Westgate as Childhood Cancer Takes Centre Stage
School children have been implored to be responsible citizens by taking care and sharing with those in need in a world that needs more love.
Speaking at Wise Owl Westgate Primary School on their Pyjamas day KidzCan director, Daniel McKenzie was appreciative of the surprise gesture by the school who came up with such a brilliant idea of raising awareness and raising funds for children suffering from cancer.
Mckenzie took time to outline the mandate of KidzCan Zimbabwe and the major cancers affecting children in Zimbabwe which are Leukaemia, Wilms Tumour and retinoblastoma.
KidzCan supports child cancer patients with free cancer drugs and bus fare for the kids and the caregiver to ensure they do not miss their appointments at the hospital.
Additionally, the organisation supports with admission and discharge packs, diagnostic imaging, chemotherapy drugs, payments for laboratory and radiological tests, provision of eye prosthesis and psychosocial support.
To meet these obligations KidzCan Zimbabwe carries out a number of activities throughout the year as well as receives support from partners and this constitutes about 75% of the annual budget.
“You and I have a role to play regardless of your age. Whatever we do can make a difference,” said Mckenzie.
Mckenzie commended the school for the great idea of having the pyjamas Day which involved children coming to school in their sleepwear mimicking their sick friends in A4 Special Ward in Parirenyatwa Hospital who are ever in pyjamas when they are admitted.
In doing this, they fund-raised for KidzCan Zimbabwe as well as spread awareness on childhood cancer.