Pink Tree drive in full swing

2016-11-09 06:01
Aneska Dupont drapes Neil McDonald in pink.x

Aneska Dupont drapes Neil McDonald in pink.x

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ROTARY and volunteers are going to be helping Khanya Hospice with the huge fund-raising initiative - Movember Cancer Awareness Campaign - from now until end of “Movember”.

They will sell pink material in aid of cancer awareness and the work that Hospice is doing.

Residents are encouraged to wrap “trees in pink” in front of their home and/or offices and surrounding areas.

Neil McDonald, CEO of Khanya Hospice, said: “Just wrap anything in pink, we need to create an awareness. This initiative will help raise much-needed funds for Khanya Hospice, which offers free palliative nursing care to patients diagnosed with cancer, on a daily basis.”

“Cancer is a serious matter, full stop. To be diagnosed with cancer can be a traumatic experience, not only for the patient, but also for the family and friends of the patient. “To be a cancer survivor, is a luxury a lot of people do not have. It does help to be a member of a medical aid and to be supported by your loved ones while you concentrate on getting better.”

There are many patients who do not have medical aid and have very little, if any, financial support, then this battle suddenly becomes a creature of a totally different nature.

Helping those who need it most is therefore the driving force behind the “pink trees” initiative.

“The reality is the need a get out there. Can you imagine if there are rows and rows of pink trees down your street, or in your area - that will send a serious message to all and sundry. We are serious about resisting and fighting the disease and offer support to people who need this, but we need your support in this initiative,” added McDonald.

Contact Hospice and contribute your first R100 for five metres of pink material. Rotary has bought one kilometre of pink material for the initiative and will be selling pieces.

Challenge your neighbours, colleagues, family and friends, by wrapping your trees, pillars, fences, or just drape the pink material in front of your house or office.

“We are challenging businesses, people, volunteers, housewives, pupils, clubs, rugby, swimming, running, sports, motorcycle, - whatever club, to get involved in this worldwide initiative.

“Businesses that donate will get a receipt on request. If there are no trees, drape the street poles, or the pillars on your veranda in support of the Hospice cancer awareness campaign.”

For more details, and for bank information of the Khanya Hospice, contact McDonald on manager@khanya hospice.org.za or call Hospice on
083 597 8985.

- Supplied.

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