Cuppa for Cansa to honour inspirational teacher

2019-09-11 06:02
Clive and his late wife Ada Lawler with Brian Khoza at Khoza’s recent book launch.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Clive and his late wife Ada Lawler with Brian Khoza at Khoza’s recent book launch.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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ACCLAIMED rhythm and blues singer Duane Jonkers and award-winning gender-activist and former columnist Brian Khoza will be guest speakers at Cuppa for Cansa on Saturday, September 7 at Legacy Grills on 104 Chief Albert Luthuli Street from noon.

The event will be in honour of late teacher Ada Lawler and also to support Amelia Jonkers, a pupil at Longmarket Girls’ School and the daughter of Duane Jonkers.

On June 14, Amelia Lilah Eden Jonkers was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour, paediatric kidney cancer. She had her first session of chemotherapy on June 21 and will be admitted into hospital on Sunday, September 8.

Amelia will go into theatre on Monday, September 9 where she’ll have a port inserted. She will also have another round of chemotherapy once the port is in. More information is available on the Facebook group “Amelia The Warrior”.

According to Khoza, Lawler is the teacher he credits for making him the man he is.

When he was 10 years old, Khoza was frustrated by why they always had to “let the girls go first” for everything and asked why girls were more important than boys. Lawler held his cheek and lovingly gave him an answer from a Christian perspective, which was: “God created the woman so she can assist the man but she is not as strong as he is so he must take care of her”. That moment sowed some of the first seeds of his gender-activism and he has acknowledged his dear Mother Teacher in his writing.

Cuppa For Cansa is an initiative by the NGO community where they have “High Tea”, “Cheese and Wine” and similar initiatives across South Africa to raise funds and awareness.

The theme for this Cuppa For Cansa is Wonderland and entry is R80. For tickets and information contact Timothy Lawler on Facebook or at 071 142 3263. — Supplied.

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