Monday Me 27/10/2014: Cuppa For Cansa {The Serious Stuff & The Grand Total }

My life has never really been directly touched by cancer. I have a dear friend whose mother has beaten it twice, an aunt who died of leukemia before I was born and distant family friends who have had to fight the battle against the disease. But there has never been anymore in my immediate family and for that, I am thankful every day.

So why then, did I choose the Cancer Association as my charity to support and why host a Cuppa For Cansa when cancer has clearly not been a significant part of my life.

In Hinduism it is called Seva or Sewa, where a service is performed without any expectation of reward for the person performing it. To me the Cuppa is my Seva. Planning and hosting the Cuppa has been a tremendous growing experience for me. I’ve learned how generous and selfless people can be. I’ve also learned how spiritually fulfilling helping others with no expectations can be.

Also, I have 2 daughters and it is a fact that 1 in every 26 women, irrespective of race or social status in South Africa, will get cancer. To me that number is astounding. The key to survival is education and early detection, as 70% of all breast cancers can be found by self examination. So, I think that it is my duty to be well informed and keep my daughters well informed as they grow into women.

I want to send out my sincerest thanks again to everyone that attended the Cuppa last week and contributed so generously, as well as those who helped set up.
A few of the ladies at the tea told me that I had inspired them to host their own Cuppas. I hope that they do follow through with that because every rand raised and every Cuppa held helps the Cancer Association.

How Your Donations Help Fight Cancer

R20 can help us give a newly diagnosed cancer patient important support and information resources to help them through their cancer journey.

R50 can help staff the CANSA Toll-free Information Service 0800 22 66 22 with expertly trained, multilingual counsellors.

R100 can help train a CANSA volunteer to provide one-to-one support for people diagnosed with cancer.

R250 can help disseminate our internationally acclaimed CancerCare Coping Kits to survivors all over South Africa.

R500 can help provide ‘a home from home’ for patients while they are undergoing cancer treatment in major centres. CANSA has various Care Homes, a hospitium based in Polokwane, as well as a CANSA-TLC Nicus Lodge in Pretoria and a CANSA TLC Paediatric Oncology Ward in Limpopo. Read more re CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support to those affected by cancer…

R1000 can help provide Mobile Health Units delivering services in resource poor communities like informal settlements, townships, farms and in remote rural areas.

Like I said at the tea and Marlene reiterated, a Cuppa For Cansa doesn’t only have to be held in October. They can be planned for any time of the year, so I challenge everyone that reads this to host their own Cuppa and help make a difference. If you have already hosted a Cuppa you also have until this Friday to enter the awesome competition held by Le Creuset for the most inspirational Cuppa.

So finally, I’m very proud to announce that with the help of all the amazing ladies that attending the Cuppa, the businesses that donated prizes for the raffle and auction and the private donations I was able to raise….



Here are the posts by a few of the lovely ladies that attended the Cuppa

Megan Deane

Jane Tennet

Hazel Whitehead

Faeema Sader  

Verushka Ramasami


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