Guides give the gift of Life Tea party

2016-11-08 06:01
Photo: supplied The 1st Hillcrest Girl Guide at the spring tea party (from left) Nikita Kingaby, Kayla Mullen, Tina Beckbessinger (guest speaker), Erin Bender, Lizzi Mare and Guide leader Barbara Mercer.

Photo: supplied The 1st Hillcrest Girl Guide at the spring tea party (from left) Nikita Kingaby, Kayla Mullen, Tina Beckbessinger (guest speaker), Erin Bender, Lizzi Mare and Guide leader Barbara Mercer.

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A spring tea in aid of the Organ Donor Foundation was recently organised by the 1st Hillcrest Girl Guides as part of their community outreach.

Hillcrest Girl Guide leader Erin Bender said: “As Girl Guide Chief Challenge candidates, we wanted to design our community project to be an exciting part of raising funds towards the Organ Donor Foundation in the Hillcrest community,” she said.

“People are dying every day owing to multiple organ failure. We need to have knowledge about organ donation, which can save lives,” added fellow guide, Lizzi Mare.

This well supported cause was attended by over 100 people at the 1st Hillcrest Scout and Guide hall.

The guest speaker was local Hillcrest resident Tina Beckbessinger who was born with a congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Beckbessinger was unable to lead a normal life and any activity or excursion left her gasping for air and exhausted. It was when her body rejected a pace maker and she collapsed she was forced to be home schooled for her last two academic years.

It took Beckbessinger several years until she could find a donor heart and lung that matched her body.

“My angel donor was a 17-year-old girl and without her donation I wouldn’t be standing here.

“Before my organ transfer, my life was a daily struggle and since then I have gone on to do the Cape Town Cycle Tour and to lead an active life.”

Beckbessinger was grateful to the 1st Hillcrest Girl Guides for raising awareness about organ donations and appealed to all to please consider being an organ donor.

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