Donor gives Choc a much needed boost

CHOC home regional manager Lynette Muthuray, left and fund-raising manager Gadija Israel with the seven Nelson Mandela paintings that were sold.

An anonymous buyer of seven Nelson Mandela-inspired paintings has given an organisation that helps cancer-stricken children and their families a much-needed shot in the arm.

George-based artist Michelle Benjamin donated the paintings to the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation at the beginning of the year.

Lynette Muthuray, the regional manager of CHOC’s Sybrand Park office, said the artist had put them in touch with a buyer who had paid
R170 000 for the seven works two weeks ago.

The foundation had planned to auction the paintings in June, but Covid-19 had forced the cancellation of its fund-raisers, Ms Muthuray said.

The sale of the paintings meant CHOC could continue to offer accommodation and other support services to parents travelling from outside Cape Town to bring their children for treatment at hospitals in the city.

CHOC had to close its Sybrand Park office temporarily during lockdown to save costs, but the office has since reopened.

Ms Benjamin said CHOC’s work held special meaning for her.

“Many years ago, I had a family member who was diagnosed with cancer as a child, who has healed, so I appreciate the work they do.”

She had thought it fitting to donate the Nelson Mandela paintings as the former president had given a lot to children, she said.

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