Standing together, showing support

2017-02-15 06:03
PHOTO: supplied  At their Cansa Awareness Day are (from left) Nandipha Ndlovu, Akhona Mkhize, Aphiwe Ngubeni, Thobeka Dludla, Thuli Mazibuko and Sinenhlanhla Mncwabe.

PHOTO: supplied At their Cansa Awareness Day are (from left) Nandipha Ndlovu, Akhona Mkhize, Aphiwe Ngubeni, Thobeka Dludla, Thuli Mazibuko and Sinenhlanhla Mncwabe.

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VOORTREKKER High School pupils and staff stood in unison in support of a much loved and respected teacher at the school, Fiesta Korsten, who is fighting cancer.

During her years at Voortrekker High School Korsten, well known in Pietermaritzburg teaching circles, became a mother for pupils and young teachers alike, as well as a sister to friends.

Former pupils are now her colleagues, including her daughter, Carmia, who teaches in the same department.

At the end of last year, Korsten was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and shock waves crashed through the Voortrekker community.

She is currently undergoing treatment in Hilton, and remains positive and upbeat.

The school participated in the activities on Wednesday, February 8 in the true spirit of the school motto “Aanhou Wen”.

The “Vories” showed that nothing will drag them down. The Cansa presentation gave pupils valuable information about contributed to social awareness. The event also welcomed members from the public who wanted to make a donation to Cansa and have their hair shaved or sprayed.

Principal Jan Nel, a cancer survivor, said it was important for him that the school held a cancer awareness campaign.

“Although doctors gave Mrs Korsten a tragic diagnosis, we must always keep on hoping and having faith.

“We hope Mrs Korsten and others battling cancer in Pietermaritzburg know that the Vories are in this battle with them,” he said.

All the money raised at the event was donated to Cansa.

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