Hats On for Children’s Palliative Care Day

Friday 9 October 2020

Hats On 4 CPC was initiated by the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) in 2014. The second Friday in October, which this year falls on Friday 9 October 2020, was chosen as a day for raising international awareness of the work of children’s hospices and children’s palliative care (CPC) services worldwide.

Now in its 7th year, the annual campaign is known as Hats On 4 Children’s Palliative Care with the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC.

You can donate here to PatchSA through EFT, PayFast, Zapper or Snapscan or just click on the Donate button at the top of this web page.

What is the day about?

The day aims to raise funds for children’s palliative care, but more importantly, to raise awareness of the rights of very sick children with incurable and life-threatening illnesses to receive palliative care.

We know that there are around 1 million children in South Africa who live with a life-limiting illness or condition that will or could drastically shorten their lives.

The handful of services that exist in our country are underfunded and inadequate to meet the overwhelming need. As a result, thousands of South African children have a poor quality of life and suffer from pain and other distressing symptoms which could be controlled and significantly improved with palliative care. 

Our 2019 celebrations

How do I take part in the #HatsOn4CPC Campaign?

We have a number of options for you. Choose the one that suits you and your organisation best.

1.  Enter our BEST HAT PHOTO CHALLENGE and you could win one of many amazing prizes.

This year we are holding a BEST HAT PHOTO CHALLENGE with some incredible prizes for you to win.

To enter, donate R25 or more to PatchSA, send a photo of yourself or a family member in your/their best hat to info@patchsa.org and you could be a lucky prize winner of:

  • A two night stay for two people at one of ANEW Hotel and Resorts stunning venues
  • A one night stay and wine tasting at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse in Robertson
  • Cetaphil Dermatology Hamper 
  • A number of spot prizes

Click here to find out how you can enter and win one of these prizes.


 2. Enter as a charity in our Charity Challenge and win R1000

We’re offering a R1000 prize to a South African hospice or charity that uploads a group photo of staff wearing hats in our ‘Charity Challenge’

Any hospice or palliative care organisation or any other South African charity can enter our #HatsOn4CPC Charity Challenge and could win and easy R1000.  All you need to do is post a picture to social media of your staff wearing hats on 9 October and tag PatchSA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  

3. Take part in our Mad Hatters Cake Bake Challenge

Click here to find out how to take part in our Mad Hatters Cake Bake Challenge throughout the month of October.


4. Get involved as an individual

  1. Wear a hat to school, college, work or wherever on Friday 9 October
  2. Take a photo of yourself in the hat and post it to social media. Tag us @PatchSA and use the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC
  3. Donate to PatchSA or a children’s palliative care service of your choice.
You could also:
  • Get your friends together and host your very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, share photos on social media and tag @PatchSA. Use the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC
  • Hold a hat making/hat wearing competition with prizes for the winners in different categories, such as most elegant hat, funniest hat, tallest hat, etc.
  • Have a ‘Funky Hat Day’ at your work or school.


5. Get involved as a school, college class or company

  1. Wear a hat to school, college or work on Friday 9 October
  2. Take a photo of all of you with the hat on and post it to your social media. Tag us @PatchSA and use the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC
  3. Donate to PatchSA or a children’s palliative care service of your choice.


6. Get involved as a CPC service or NGO 

Hats On 4 CPC is a wonderful way to raise funds for your charity. To do so follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Encourage your community (schools, businesses and other organisations) to support your organisation by wearing a hat on Friday 9 October and/or holding a Hats On for CPC event to raise funds for your organisation.
  2. Share your photos on social media with #HatsOn4CPC and tag PatchSA.

Download these Resources for Hats On 4 CPC

Download the poster as a PDF: PatchSA 2020 1HatsOn4CPC Poster


Download the logo

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Download the hashtag

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