Be bold and go gold for childhood cancer

Maurice Paige, a Children's Haematology Oncology Childhood Cancer Foundation ambassador wears his gold beaded ribbon. Photo: Submitted

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so be bold and go gold.


Enjoying the first day of #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth at @CloverWayBetter #nutrikidschoc #BeBoldGoGold #ChildhoodCancer @yotvlive

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Children’s Haematology Oncology Childhood (Choc) Cancer Foundation South Africa is challenging South Africans to support children with cancer by buying a gold beaded ribbon from Choc.

The organisation was founded in 1979 to act as a support system for parents who have children with cancer. Choc since grown and now has six regional offices, two branches and 13 accommodation facilities. Its head office is located in Rivonia, Sandton.

Gold beaded ribbons are available at the Choc online store or at one of its regional offices.

How to become involved:

  • Buy a gold beaded ribbon
  • Wear it throughout the month of September
  • Share photos wearing the ribbon on social media
  • Learn the early warning signs of childhood cancer
  • Spread the word.

When posting on social media, the hashtags #BeBoldGoGold, #ChildhoodCancer, #CHOC and #CancerAwarenessMonth should be used.


Early childhood warning signs:

  • A white spot in the eye, new squint, new blindness, bulging eyeballs
  • A lump in the abdomen, pelvis, head, neck, limbs, testes and glands
  • Unexplained fever, weight loss, fatigue, pallor, easy bruising and bleeding
  • Aching bones, joints, back and easy fractures
  • Neurological signs such as – but not limited to – a change or deterioration in walking, balance or speech
  • Seek medical help early for persistent symptoms of ill health.


  • Facebook: @CHOCChildhoodCancerFoundationSA
  • Twitter: @CHOCfoundation
  • Instagram: @CHOCfoundationsa
  • Website:

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