|Elena and me|
did the (rather damp) early shift on the water and then joined the Myersons for the party.
I don't know them socially but Cape Town, being a small town, meant that not everyone in the room was a stranger. I met the Myersons through Elena Varde. She is from the Phillipines and the Myersons are her "South African family".
Lara had put out pink envelopes and invited her friends to donate money. The amount given surpassed any expectations! Thank you to all of you for your extraordinary generosity. Lara will meet up with Sr Lieske next week and decide on how the money will be spent. We have a course coming up in Port Elizabeth which is starting in 10 days time and we have over 50 nurses attending.
There were many people there, mostly women, and during the morning, I had several discussions which started with "I have such and such a skill, can I do.... for the oragnisation..." The sustainability of our project is dependent on people with different skills and ideas contributing. It allows us to access more nurses in rural communities and so benefit more women. The suggestions from this event included really exciting ideas and developments I had never thought about.
Lara, I am certain that your birthday will have a significant effect on the success and sustainability of this project. To you, Mark, Elena and your extended family and friends: thank you from all of us!
|Lara with her sister, neice and sister in law|