FILOTIMO KIDS CLUB
We are thrilled to introduce FILOTIMO KIDS!
With a focus on educating our future leaders and ambassadors and of course, celebrating our young brave warriors, FILOTIMO KIDS is also a platform for families of children who are fighting cancer, to talk to our amazing Rangers, Navigators and Professional Experts to gain insight and support into the journey ahead.
“DOING WHAT WE DO IN THE SPIRIT OF FILOTIMO”
MEET OUR PRESIDENT OF THE FILOTIMO KIDS CLUB
PRESIDENT OF THE FILOTIMO KIDS CLUB
Alexia is a 13 year old girl who loves singing, dancing and everything creative.
Alexia has a very loud personality and loves to take on leadership roles. She has a keen interest in Astrology and did one of her public speaking speeches on her being a Leo.
A quote from her Leo speech sums her personality up perfectly, she said, “Leo’s love to bask in the spotlight, and celebrate themselves. The lion represents great leadership, majesty, strength, courage, justice and military might.” Alexia has a fantastic sense of humor, and believes that laughter is the best medicine.
She started Public Speaking at the age of 8, to build confidence, and 5 years later enjoys competing against her peers in competitions Including improvised public speaking and poetry recital. Alexia is in a public speaking group with 3 of her peers. They are to proud to consistently achieve top marks.
Alexia was voted by her peers in Grade 6, last year, as captain for her sports house but also as one of her schools Johannesburg mini city counselors, an achievement she’s wanted since Grade 3.
Alexia has a strong focus on her school studies and regularly achieves distinctions in most subjects. Her favourite subjects are: Art, Drama, Natural Science and Physical Education. Alexia is a keen chef/baker and loves to include herself in the kitchen. She mentions how she has a passion for traveling and tasting the world’s cuisines after coming from a strong Greek background. Opa!!
“Filotimo means to me, to find the true people who make you happy, and appreciating one another without ever expecting something in return.”
Alexia’s Grandmother is currently battling Lung Cancer and she mentioned how this has been eye opening for her. She wants to do everything she can to spread awareness about cancer and it’s causes .
She’s proud to be associated with the Machi Filotimo Cancer Project
MEET OUR JUNIOR BRAND AMBASSADORS
JUNIOR BRAND AMBASSADOR
Misha is a 13-Year-old Dancer who is a miracle baby born on Valentine’s Day in Pretoria, South Africa.
She lets her light shine bright every day and everywhere she goes. Most of her time is spent at two of the best Dance Studios in Pretoria and at School. Misha is a very proud, dedicated and committed member of Monique Grove Acrobatic Studio where she does Acrobatic Dance and has won numerous awards and was chosen to represent South Africa abroad in various Countries. She also does Ballet and Modern Dance at Leap for Joy Dance. She is also a proud scholar at Curro Hazeldean in Silverlakes and is excellent in her Academics. All of these amazing institutions stand behind her Vision, Goals and Dreams. In her free time, she loves to sing and yes “Dance”. She also enjoys spending time with her family and working on causes to make a difference.
If you ask Misha who her Heros are she would say her Mother Madelyn and her Grandfather Johan. In 2013 Misha’s Mother got paralyzed. At a tender age of 4 she had to watch her Mom for 4 Months learn to walk again. She remembers how hard it was, but her Mother never gave up. She says her Mother is the strongest person she knows, and she loves and admires her so much. Even in the tough times her Mother was there for her raising her and helping her develop into the person she is today. Her Mom is her biggest fan and there is not a thing in this world her Mother will not do for her. Misha says, “I am truly Blessed”.
Misha’s Grandfather was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 2014. Again, this family had a battle to fight. He fought this battle like a champion, going through Chemo and Radiation Therapy, never complaining always putting smiles on everybody’s faces through his pain and living each day to the fullest. God came to get her Grandfather 20 January 2018, one of the hardest days of their lives.
When Misha thinks of her Mom learning to walk again and her Grandfather fighting Cancer, she get’s up every morning and channels that strength she saw from her two Hero’s along with her Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and she lets her light shine and she does life with everything she’s got.
Misha’s Mission is to help bring Cancer Awareness through everything she does, but mostly dance. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”.
With her whole heart and soul, she wants to make a difference in every single person’s life who has been affected in some way or form by Cancer. "We can’t always choose the Music life plays for us, but we can choose how we Dance to it". I never define obstacles as failures, I mark my success by my repeated perseverance. Dance is my life, my passion. It is what gives me the drive and discipline to excel in everything I set my mind to. I have at a young age impacted the lives of young people and want to continue to do so for many years to come. This huge honor to be Junior Brand Ambassador and bringing awareness for a cause close to my heart, I can help children one day find their passion and also have a positive impact in their community.
- G.N.G.A Colors 3 Years
- 2020 Northern Gauteng 1st Place
- SA Colors 2 Years
- 2020 SA’s 2nd Place
- 2019 SA’s 5th Place
- Best Level 8 Acrobat 2020
- Acrobat of the Year 2020
- SA Dance Addiction Best Acrobat 2020
- Emerald Exam – Honors with Distinction
- RAD Ballet Exam – Distinction
- Curro CAS – Kryptonite (95% - 100%)
- 2020 Qualified to dance in Croatia
- 2021 Qualified to dance in Portugal
- Curro Choir 3 Years
- Curro Choir Sing in Harmonie
JUNIOR BRAND AMBASSADOR
Sophia is a soon to be 12 year old girl who has a bubbly personality.
I'm 11 and I will turn 12 on the 19 of August. I have a bubbly personality, I love to do things that are outside the box and I love spending time with people who make me happy.
Something that inspired me to be apart of the Filotimo Kids Club was that I love how they donate to cancer awareness. I remember the first time I took part in a Filotimo event, I was amazed at the way they do so much for people and immediately I knew I wanted to be apart of the filotimo kids club.
One of my biggest passions is Netball. I started playing Netball when I was 7 years old and it has been my passion ever since. I play Netball 5 times a week and I enjoy competing against other schools.
Some of my favorite subjects are English, Natural science and Math.
Over the years I have been achieving academic excellence and I will continue to work hard and achieve my goals in academics as when I'm older I would like to become a Doctor.
I would like to raise awareness about Cancer because I think it's so sad how people and children have to go through that. My Mom's Grandmother had Skin Cancer so that's how I found out about cancer.
My Mom is my biggest inspiration because she has achieved so many of her goals, including designing and creating her own olamati brand.
A quote I stand by is:-
"Be kind because you never know what someone else is going through"
BRINGING JOY TO OUR LITTLE WARRIORS
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS INFO
We are proud to be associated with The Cancer Association of South Africa [CANSA] and together our aim is to raise awareness about Childhood Cancer, its warning signs and symptoms and to educate our youth about Cancer as early detection is absolute key for treatment outcomes!
WE'RE CRAZY ABOUT KIDS!
Hi! My name is Bianca, mommy to Liané. Liané was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in December 2020. She was 8 months old. She was due to start chemotherapy on the 19th of December, but unfortunately stopped breathing that morning prior to chemotherapy. She had to be resuscitated and was rushed to the PICU. She spent almost 2 weeks on the ventilator and just over 2 months in the PICU.
We have had numerous hospital visits after that. She completed 4 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy whilst in the hospital. Because of the resuscitation, she got brain damaged. That caused her to lose her sight, swallow ability and also her sucking ability. They had to insert a Mickey tube for her feeding.
Currently she is receiving monthly chemotherapy just to keep the tumour which is in her chest small enough until she is stronger for aggressive chemotherapy.
They also found some cancer cells in her bone marrow, but not a lot and they are treating it with the same chemotherapy for her tumour.
She is scheduled to go for her MiBG scan in about 2 months, as well as another MRI.
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