Dell empowers child cancer patients
IT giant Dell has invested in a R50 000 social responsibility initiative called the Choc ReMission Project to assist children living with cancer.
As part of the initiative, Dell has donated eight desktop PCs allocated to each of the Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation Houses across SA.
Partnering with Dell, Discovery Health has donated a computer game called ReMission.
The game has 20 levels and takes the player on a journey through the body of a young patient with different kinds of cancer, Discovery Health explains.
It adds that ReMission is designed to be fun and challenging while helping players stick to their prescribed treatments and giving them a sense of power and control over their disease.
Teams from Discovery Health will teach the children and the Choc staff how to play the game.
Stewart van Graan, Dell SA MD and GM of Dell Africa, says the PCs will be used to enhance the lives of children who spend most of their day either at school or receiving treatment in hospital.
“Dell SA would like to thank all of its customers who have contributed to this gesture, as a percentage of every rand spent by Dell customers goes towards the Dell SA Development Fund for efforts of this nature,” Van Graan says.
Discovery Health and Hero Skills installed electronic literacy and numeracy educational games as well as an Open Office Package on the PCs.
According to Dell, this initiative was made as a special request by Choc. However, the computing company says it “has been investing in Choc and their IT requirements, as and when necessary, for the past five years”.
Earlier this year, Dell showed its support to the Kagiso Child Welfare Centre by providing funding to orphans and vulnerable children living in Johannesburg. The company has committed R3 million in cash, over three years, in contributions of technical equipment to the initiative.
In addition, Dell donated R800 000 as well as computer equipment to community development NGO Humana People to People.
The investment aims to provide education and training to learners living in underprivileged communities.