Friday 8 October 2021

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 8 October 2021, 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 8th year, the annual campaign is known as Hats On 4 Children’s Palliative Care with the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC.

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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. 

Photos from our 2020 #HatsOn4CPC Day in South Africa

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. Get involved as an individual

  1. Wear a hat to work or wherever you are on Friday 8 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.
  • Organise a ‘Funky Hat Day’ at your place of work.

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

  1. Wear a hat to school, college or work on Friday 8 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.

3. Get involved as a hospital

  1. Encourage hospital/ward staff (particularly those who work with children) to wear a hat to work on Friday 8 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 local children’s palliative care service of your choice.

4. Get involved as a Children’s Palliative Care service 

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 8 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.

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