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My buddy Diaan

My buddy Diaan

Funds Raised:
R 10 909
Fundraising Target:
R 20 000

Personal message

Dear family, friends and community,

My name is Bryan, and I'm a 13-year-old boy in Grade 7. I'd like to share a story that's close to my heart, a story about my lifelong friend, Diaan, and his family.


Diaan and I have been friends since we were one-year-olds, my brother from another mother, since over the years, we've been told how much we resemble each other. We've shared countless memories, laughter, and, of course, our love for rugby.


However, a few weeks ago, Diaan shared some devastating news with our group of friends. His dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and it has already spread to other parts of his body. This news left me deeply saddened, and I felt very helpless. I wanted to do something to help support Diaan and his family, but I wasn't sure how until I remembered about Back-a-Buddy.


I understand that it can be challenging for people to donate their hard-earned money without knowing exactly how it will be used. But my mom has always taught me that if you feel led, either by your emotions or a higher Force, to give, then the blessing is given, and it's not for you to worry about how it's handled. It's about the act of giving and the kindness that it represents.


Diaan's dad is beginning chemotherapy this week, and they don't have medical aid to cover the expenses. His mom, Tannie Chanel, is a kindergarten teacher who lovingly cares for other families' babies every day. She's a truly special person.


I can only imagine the stress that Diaan's family will endure in the upcoming weeks and months. While their situation is not unique, this family is dear to our hearts. If we can make even a small difference—a meal, a bill payment, a lunchbox, a coffee date for his parents, or simply easing the worries of a 13-year-old boy's heart—it would mean the world.


You might be wondering, "How will the funds be used?" The honest answer is, I don't know. What matters is that the funds won't be wasted or misused. All I know is that my friend is hurting and worried, and this is one way I can try to help—by asking you to pay it forward.


Cancer doesn't discriminate; it doesn't pick which family it affects. It knocks unannounced and enters the lives of the unsuspecting. Together, we can make a difference for Diaan's family during this challenging time.


If you can find it in your hearts to support us, no matter how small or large your contribution, it will be deeply appreciated. The money will be donated into the account of Diaans mother, Chanel Kleyn. You can visit our Back-a-Buddy campaign page to make a donation.


Thank you for taking the time to read my story (with the help of my mom) and for considering helping my friends family. Your kindness will bring light to their darkest days.



  • Dec 27, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Alle sterkte aan julle familie. Mag die Here julle dra xx" - Hesthea Britz

  • Oct 07, 2023 - USD $ 22.37 Fees covered
  • "Big hugs en love ❤️ sending positive energy." - Stephanie Lovelace

  • Oct 04, 2023 - USD $ 55.95 Fees covered
  • "Sending so much love to you all. God is good! We pray for strength for you all for journey ahead, and miraculous healing!" - Brecon

  • Oct 03, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 02, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "I pray for Diaan's family during this difficult time, and Bryan I pray that you may grow in faith to do far greater things than this to be a blessing to others.🙏" - Granny❤

  • Oct 02, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 02, 2023 - USD $ 57.20 Fees covered
  • "Ek bid vir julle Chanel!" - Bronwen Gildenhuys

  • Sep 30, 2023 - USD $ 26.42
  • "Sterkte liewe Chanel en gesin. Bede v julle x" - Liezel B

  • Sep 30, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Tannie was my mamma in die hasie klas en ons is baie lief vir tannie. Ons bid vir tannie se man en julle gesin" - Taylor Schut

  • Sep 29, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Jy is sowaar n Jesus kind. Sterkte aan die maatjie se familie" - Anonymous

  • Sep 29, 2023 - USD $ 38.79
  • "Vertrou vir volkome genesing vir Diaan, in Jesus naam." - Marius

  • Sep 29, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Julle gesin is in my gedagtes en my gebede.🙏🏻" - Charnre Coetzee

  • Sep 28, 2023 - R 185.10 Fees covered
  • "Ons bid vir Krag." - Joan smit

  • Sep 28, 2023 - USD $ 5.63 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Jyt die mooiste hart seun! Chanel en haar gesin verdien al die seëninge wat na hul kant toe kom! Chanel jyt so baie vir my kinders gedoen! X" - Madelie

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "🫶 such a nice gesture to support your friend. I am praying for his family and for you, for guidance to continue to support him the best way you can. - Sumien" - Anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2023 - USD $ 16.99 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 250.00 Fees covered
  • "Dink aan julle in die moeilike tyd. xx" - Anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 150.00
  • "Sterkte vir jou en familie, Chanel. Ons glo dat die Here jou man tenvolle sal genees." - Anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Ek wens ek kon meer gee. My hart gaan uit na julle almal." - Sumien

  • Sep 27, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Ek wens Diaan en sy gesin baie sterkte met die uitdagings wat hulle in die gesig staar. Mag hulle die ondersteuning en krag vind wat hulle nodig het." - Hanuscke

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "Dankie Bryan vir jou liefde dit is die onbaatsigtige liefde wat JESUS ons leer.Sterkte aan die familie en bly hoopvol want uit iets sleg kan die HERE groot dinge doen." - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Wat n wonderlike geleentheid. Jammer ek kani nog gee nie. Mag Die Here sy hand op hierdie familie sit. En vir n beter vriend kon jy nie vra nie Diaan. Dankie Bryan dat jy hierdie storie met ons deel." - Talita

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 750.00 Fees covered
  • "Bryan your caring heart, love for your friend and his family is touching. To the family we pray that God will make a way where there seems to be no way." - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte aan julle ❤️ wens ek kon meer doen x" - Liné

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Sterkte daar ek dink aan julle almal." - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 100.00
  • "Bid elke dag saam vir genesing." - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Thinking of you and your family Chanel 🤗" - Vee

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Baie sterkte" - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Sterkte en klou aan God vas in hierdie moeilike tyd." - Anonymous

  • Sep 26, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "Hou vas aan jou geloof" - Adri Visser

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Fundraising target

R 20 000.00

Donations to date

R 10 908.52

My buddy Diaan Campaign