At a time when the elements of Ubuntu and communal love have been torn apart by greed, self serving interests and taken over by vanity, they are still people who never tire to do good and are always reaching out to help those in need.

The long, cold and sleepless nights endured by some cancer patients from outside Harare who travel to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for radiotherapy treatment are now over as a local organisation has bought a house in Mabvuku to offer temporary shelter to the patients.

One author once wrote: ‘The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have them makes some difference that you have lived and lived well.’

In Zimbabwe, radiotherapy services are available at only two public health institutions; Parirenyatwa in Harare and Mpilo in Bulawayo.

While some private clinics also offer these services in some few cities, the majority of Zimbabweans cannot afford the costs and therefore the bulk of cancer patients from outside Harare and Bulawayo have to travel long distances to access treatment.

It had become the norm that patients from outside Harare would camp at the radiotherapy centre at Parirenyatwa where they would sleep on the hospital’s benches during the night as they await the next session the following day.

After the sessions, they would sleep on the lawn outside the radiotherapy department, waiting for nightfall.

But every cloud has a silver lining.

Some of the patients are now being accommodated overnight at a house in Mabvuku which was bought by a local charity organisation called: ‘For We Care Foundation.

Mr David Kaitano used his personal savings to buy a house in Mabvuku to accommodate the patients and his kindness exemplifies a philanthropic spirit of selflessness.

Mr Kaitano has also sought the services of two nurse aides and two general workers who are helping out at the house on a voluntary basis.

Besides accommodation, his foundation is also providing food and transport to the hospital.

Cancer patients have been appealing to government to decentralise treatment centres for years.

Radiotherapy costs between $3000 and $4000 for an entire course, while chemotherapy sessions cost between $100 and $1000 per cycle, depending on the stage of the cancer.