Monday Me: 21/10/2014 – Cuppa For Cansa Part 1

The Monday me was indeed a very tired (hence the late post) yet a very fulfilled me. Months of work came to fruition when I hosted my Cuppa for Cansa this past Saturday for 60 ladies at Hashtag in Windermere.

The idea to host the Cuppa came to me almost as an epiphany. My business turned 2 in October and I wanted a way to celebrate and give back the blessings that I had received over the past 2 years. I tried to think of a way that I could do that and somewhere I saw something about the Cuppa For Cansa initiative by the Cancer Association. So, I went online to The Cuppa For Cansa website and read up all about it.

It’s such a simple yet effective idea.

Host a tea party for your friends and family and raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Association. The great thing is that it doesn’t have to be a big event; it can be just you and a few friends. The key is to raise awareness. You can read up more here.

I had an idea in my head of the type of event that I wanted to host and I chatted to Justin about it. I knew that I wanted to have as much sponsored as possible, so that as much of the funds raised, if not all, would go to the Cancer Association. I also knew that I needed to get items that I could raffle or auction off to raise funds. But first things first, I needed a venue.

I started making lists and then it occurred to me to give Verushka a call. I know that she had been a part of the Durban Blogger meet and hopefully had some ideas to get me started on the road to getting things done. Her input was invaluable as she introduced via email to a host of sponsors, including Trushin from Hashtag, who so very generously and without hesitation contributed the venue as well as beverages for the day. I also chatted to Parushinee, of My Go 2 Girl, who was full of great ideas and brought on board many amazing sponsors as well.

Other businesses came on board one after the other and the different elements of the event seemed to fall into place. The response from the different business which ranged from international companies like Le Creuset to small Durban based businesses like Peg&Pencil, and even businesses from Johannesburg and Cape Town, was overwhelming and so touching.

I will not lie. It was an enormous amount of work that included many late nights, countless emails and what seemed like an endless amount of list, in addition to my normal Madame Macaron work and day job as mother and wife. It was worth it though, because I got the opportunity to connect with so many different people and hear so many of their stories of how cancer has affected their lives. Their stories motivated me even more to make the event something special and it was no longer about celebrating the birthday of Madame Macaron but more about making a change and inspiring people to want to do the same.
There’s a lot that happened at the tea and too much to put into one post so part 2 will be posted tomorrow with pictures of the event.
For now I want to thank all the amazing ladies who attended the tea and the sponsors that came on board to make the event what it was. Each and every one was a vital part of the day.

Here is a list of the sponsor. Please follow them on social media, buy their products, use their services and show them much love for being such amazing and generous businesses and human beings!

· Hashtag
· Le Creuset
· Hashtag Awesome
· PolkaDots and Jellytots
· Happiness Is
· Rain Africa
· Gopal’s Luggage
· Angel Heart
· Trinket Trove
· Exclusive Brides
· Captive8
· Aesthetic Makeover Studio
· Perfect 10- The Crescent
· Perfect Hair- The Crescent
· Shimmer
· Bargain Books
· My Go To Girl
· Peg &Pencil
· Madame Macaron
· Pick ‘n Pay
· Associated Media
· Al Baraka Bank
· Tiger Brands
· It’s A Bling Thing
· John Frieda
· Baker Gurl
· Smith’s Bakeshop
· Boutique Boulangerie
· Jasmin Nights Software Solutions
· KZN Boxes
· The Baking Pan

xxx Viveshni

Photo credit: Polkadots & Jellytots

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