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Johannesburg - 6 March 2007. kulula.com today announced its new fundraising project for the Children's Haematology Oncology Clinic Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC) and gave a cheque of R560 000 to the childhood cancer charity.
The new project will be the building of the first ever kulula/CHOC village to be built in four phases in Pretoria at an estimated cost of R4 240 000. The village will serve as a community-based NGO housing children needing cancer treatment under the care of their caregivers in a 'home away from home' environment. It will also serve as a volunteer base and educational facility on childhood cancer.
Of the R560 000 cheque, R400 000 is for the first phase of the kulula/CHOC village project which involves establishing the building site and putting staff in place to manage the facility.
The other R160 000 is for CHOC's Transport Fund, a facility which gives transport money to families that need to travel locally to and from hospitals for continued treatment and doctors' reviews. The airline's customers raised R80 000 in two weeks for the fund which kulula.com matched.
Most of the money has been raised by the airline's fans through a highly successful donation facility on its website. The facility gives customers the opportunity to add between R10 and R200 to their air ticket payment by credit card which is then given to CHOC.
Said Erik Venter, the airline's joint CEO, "We've been truly amazed at our customers' generosity for this worthy cause - their response has been phenomenal. We want to thank them for the money so far and encourage them to keep giving towards this project."
Geoff Penny, CHOC's National Director commented, "kulula.com and their customers have been extremely generous. This wonderful donation will go a long way towards meeting the needs of children with cancer and life threatening blood disorders in the region. kulula.com is a fine example of a truly public-spirited organisation and we are most grateful for its support."
Penny added, "The central base for volunteers and the education centre will play a key role in the early identification of cancer in children, thereby increasing the chances of successful treatment of children with cancer."