Cupcakes of Hope, a nonprofit organisation supporting children battling cancer, hosted a successful fundraising event at Springs Mall last Saturday. The event was a delightful culinary experience and a heartwarming display of community support for a noble cause.
One of the beneficiaries of this organisation is four-year-old warrior Lindokuhle Makhubo, who is currently in remission. Lindokuhle’s journey began in 2020 when he was diagnosed with extrarenal malignant rhabdoid tumours (MRT). His mother, Mbalenhle, noticed something was amiss when he cried every time she touched his right thigh.
After seeking medical help, Lindokuhle underwent surgery in December to remove the tumour, which was later confirmed to be cancerous. Mbalenhle, despite the challenges, is immensely proud of her son. Lindokuhle endured chemotherapy and radiation, although it was difficult for the toddler to comprehend the pain and challenges he faced.
The treatments took a toll, causing Lindokuhle to lose his speech and ability to walk. Nevertheless, Mbalenhle remained hopeful for her son’s recovery and witnessed gradual daily improvements.
Lindokuhle is among the many children and families who have found support and hope through Cupcakes of Hope. This organisation raises funds through community-driven initiatives, fostering community engagement and grassroots cancer awareness.
Key initiatives include ‘Baking a difference’ for National Cupcake Day and the #Bake4Cancer fundraisers. Funds raised go to cover medical expenses and everyday necessities for affected families.
Cupcakes of Hope has delivered over 2,500 Educational Activity Care Packs to all 20 pediatric oncology wards across South Africa this year alone.
Brigite Pita, the organisation’s coordinator for Springs, expressed gratitude for the local community’s involvement. “We had a few kids volunteer, which was a blessing to see. They loved dedicating some time to helping, as well as my team of cupcake angels volunteers who have been with me for five years.”
Pita added that their efforts support over 270 children with cancer-related medical needs and ensure access to nutritious essentials or transportation for treatments.
The recent fundraising efforts at malls nationwide, including Springs Mall, yielded over R684,278 for Cupcakes of Hope. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the organisation’s commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of children and families battling cancer.
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