Go pink for cancer

2018-09-05 06:00
Wrapped in pink silk is the staff of the Hospice (back, from left) Janet Spratt, Sr Sue van Rijsbergen (nursing manager), Neil McDonald (CEO), Thabile Dlamini and (front, from left) GT Mthiyane, Nonjabulo Mavundla, Lungi Msimela and Elaine Trotter.PHOTO: supplied

Wrapped in pink silk is the staff of the Hospice (back, from left) Janet Spratt, Sr Sue van Rijsbergen (nursing manager), Neil McDonald (CEO), Thabile Dlamini and (front, from left) GT Mthiyane, Nonjabulo Mavundla, Lungi Msimela and Elaine Trotter.PHOTO: supplied

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THE Pink Tree Drive is here again; a Toti Rotary initiative in support of Khanya Hospice and the work hospice is doing in the area.

Hospice CEO Neil McDonald said: “We are encouraging people to wrap their ‘trees in pink’. Helping those who need it most is therefore the driving force behind the Pink Trees initiative. The reality is — the need is great out there.”

Khanya Hospice offers free palliative nursing care to patients diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis. Hospice covers a large area, from Isipingo to Hibberdene.

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

To assist, contact Aneska from Toti Rotary on 083 255 2588 and contribute R100 for four metres of pink material.

“We have bought lots of pink material for this initiative and will be selling this pink material,” says McDonald.

“Challenge your neighbour’s, working colleague’s, churches, family and friends, by wrapping your trees, pillars, drape shop windows, fences and even your business or offices in pink. This should be great fun for a good cause,” he said.

The hospice can be contacted on 039 973 1783/0277 or e-mail address
hospice@scottnet.co.za — Supplied.

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