Through its continuous dedication in support for the fight against Cancer Liberty Botswana has donated P50 000 to Duduetsang Chappelle-Molloy who is to beat all odds, hike up and summit Mount Kilimanjaro in August. Although Chappelle-Molly has been planning to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro since 2010 with her best friend as it was a girlfriend’s life wish list, the quest comes about sadly after the friend lost the fight to cancer last year.
Chappelle-Molloy has personally vowed to raise P250 000 for the Happy Hearts project in building a more than P 3 million home for children and their caregivers from outside Gaborone as there is only one paediatric cancer centre in the country at Princess Marina Hospital. Happy Hearts is a project between Cancer Association of Botswana (CAB) and Ladies Circle Botswana (LCB). The interim home will be built in Block 8 at the Cancer Association of Botswana plot 35843 which is a 5576 square meters piece of land.
Thousands of children across the world are diagnosed with cancer which is a leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15. More than 80% of children with cancer could survive if afforded with access to quality care. Happy Hearts wants to build the home away from home centre so as to afford children with care access to quality care as most children diagnosed with cancer are from low income families having to travel to Gaborone to access treatment and having to find accommodation can prove to be very costly for the affected families. ‘’Liberty life Botswana is always looking for innovative and unconventional ways to participate in the community, and we found Duduetsang’s adventure a worthwhile cause,’’ said the Managing Director for Liberty Life Botswana Lulu Rasebotsa.
Rasebotsa further siad they are also about making a difference in people’s lives, which is aligned to their purpose of making financial freedom possible, especially during life’s most trying moments. ‘’I’m helping raise funds for Happy Hearts Project in building a home for children with cancer and these children are the ones that come outside of Gaborone for treatment and I have pledged to raise P250 000 towards the P 3 million and by doing this I am climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. To date I have raised more than P80 000,’’ said Chappelle-Molloy.
She leaves to summit the 5,895 meters largest freestanding mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, on August 1 and is slated to return on the 11th of August. It will take Chappelle-Molloy 7 days to reach the peak and by so doing she will walk 65 kilometres and summit with the Liberty Life flag as the main sponsor.