A Pinelands business woman hosted a fundraising event at the community police club this Saturday.
Carmelita Daries, founder of Wundalash, says the annual event was aimed at raising funds for Amabele Project Flamingo, a non-profit organisation that helps breast cancer patients around Cape Town.
It focuses on giving support, offering necessity products and raising funds to pay for surgery for breast cancer patients.
The money donated to this organisation goes to patients at Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals.
Daries says she identified her beneficiary by looking at the role it plays in the lives of people in surrounding communities. She felt it met her goals of making an impact on the lives of needy sick people.
She says though she does fundraising part-time, the demand for her help and support she has been receiving over the last four years encouraged her to register her initiative as an NPO and be part of official fundraisers for cancer-related charities.
She says she can relate to people affected by cancer. She wants to help them where she can because she has also been affected by it.
Daries says she had a target to raise up to R20 000 for her beneficiary.
The event was well-supported, with most women dressed according to the theme, in jeans, a white top and a touch of pink.
Liana Roodt, of the benefiting organisation, says they are privileged to be identified as the beneficiary of Wundalash’s fundraising effort this year.
She says: “The money will go to pamper packs that are distributed to Groote Schuur patients. If there is enough, the remaining [money] will be used to pay for surgery costs and boosts our idea of donating to Tygerberg hospital as well.”
She says the organisation has experts who understand and offer help from experience. Donations like this one will assure that they deliver good services to the intended patients.
She says they have managed to make a huge difference in improving the availability of help and reducing the waiting period for surgery.
According to a statement from Flamingo the waiting period has decreased from about twelve weeks in 2010 to between six and eight weeks.
Daries says they continue to look forward to making the process and healing period an easy and enjoyable journey.
She encourages members of the public to also play their part and donate to the organisation. Donations can be monetary or in the form of a pamper pack which costs R80 each. Each pack contains bathroom essentials, a snack, magazines and other small products that a recovering woman would love.