Al Ghazali College hosted its annual cancer care day on Thursday, 6 September 2018. This year, the focus shifted slightly – the event was planned with the rationale “By the kids, for the kids.”
Having lost one of their brightest and most prominent learners, Shaakir Kalla, to cancer in April of this year, the decision by the AGC learners to host the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) and Kids of Faith, was indeed a fitting way to pay tribute to Shaakir. As a national organisation, CHOC provides support for cancer-stricken children, and children with life-threatening blood disorders.
A short programme was held before the festivities, with Al Ghazali principal, Mr Suleman Khan, addressing the guests. Ms Ina Schomper from CHOC, Pretoria, was on hand to explain the holistic approach used by CHOC in cancer treatment and Ms Fiona from Kids of Faith spoke about her personal challenge when dealing with kids with physical challenges.
Once again, the generous Al Ghazali community, worked tirelessly to plan and execute an excellent function.
The Al Ghazali hall was set up with different stalls, ranging from a pamper station to food stations and even a colouring station for the kids.
One of the grade 10 learners, Radiyah Regal, paid tribute to Shaakir in a speech that perfectly captured his brilliance, his potential and the impact he made on all those he met. Members of Shaakir’s family attended the function and participated in the balloon release.
The generosity of the Al Ghazali community made it possible to present a cheque for R30 000 to CHOC, handed over by Adam Kalla, father of Shaakir.
The culmination of the function was the release of balloons as a fitting salute to Shaakir and all those who have lost the battle to cancer.
The learners at AGC were commended on their spirit of giving. Without their generosity and hard work, this function would not have been possible.