Dance to raise funds for cancer patients

Joanne Neethling, of Goodwood, is hosting a charity dance next week to raise money in support of cancer patients.

A Goodwood woman is asking the public to lace up their dancing shoes to raise money for cancer awareness at her 40th birthday charity dance next week.

The dance will take place at the Goodwood Rugby Club on Saturday July 16. Tickets are R650 for a table that seats 10 people and includes a platter.

Joanne Neethling, 39, plans to host 150 people at the dance and raise R4000 to R10 000.

Prizes will be given to the best female dancer, best male dancer, and best couples dance on the evening.

“Three weeks ago, I decided to do something special for my 40th to honour people who are battling with cancer or who have battled and lost against cancer,” she said.

“I had a very close friend, Suzette Hansen Knijnenberg, who battled with cancer. She always had charity dances to raise funds for cancer awareness. Unfortunately, on July 27, 2019, Suzette lost her battle against cancer and got her angel wings.”

Ms Neethling is a wife and a mother of two. She works full-time at a shelving company and serves as the deputy chairperson for the Western Cape region of the United Independent Movement political party.

“My passion is to assist people where I can, to be there for children in need and to uplift communities, which I am currently assisting in Ruyterwacht.”

She will also be handing out 40 party packs to children in Ruyterwacht on Monday July 11, the day of her birthday.

Five years ago, Ms Neethling’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Last year, she became ill again, after having been in remission, and was diagnosed with brain cancer in January this year.

“She has stage-4 cancer, and there is nothing they can do for her anymore. She is still with us today, but due to the cancer, she cannot walk and just lies in bed,” she said.

Witnessing her mother’s and two friends’ battle with cancer had further inspired her to host the charity dance, she said.

The funds raised will be donated to the Cansa Tygerberg Care Home in Parow and will be used to buy items from their Mandela Day donations wish list.

The home offers temporary accommodation for cancer patients receiving treatment at Tygerberg Hospital.