‘Fever’ article opens doors

2016-11-23 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Thulanni Gumede gives a speech at the Hope Candle Lighting in Pietermaritzburg.

PHOTO: supplied Thulanni Gumede gives a speech at the Hope Candle Lighting in Pietermaritzburg.

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A SPECIAL thank you to Maritzburg Fever­ reporter, Nicole John, for her article on me titled “PMB author’s book works through grief” on 14 September, that gave me the opportunity of sharing at the Hope Candle Lightning 2016 event hosted at Regal Inn Xpress in Pietermaritzburg on 5 November. It all started with a call from a gentleman who introduced himself as Ravi Moodley. He told me about the article his mother had read in the Fever, and she gave it to him.

Moodley is one of the parents that belong to a group called Hope Candle Lighting. They meet every month as parents, who have lost their children.

It was after my sharing that I got a chance to interact with a lot of parents there. All I can say is that people are in pain out there and I was glad to have shared with them. Judging by the interactions after my talk, they were blessed to hear from me.

The article has not only opened doors for me locally, but has also allowed me to make numerous connections with the possibility of speaking at national level and share my story with people across South Africa.

Thulani Gumede via email

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