28/04/2015

The kindness of strangers (and friends)

Years ago, when I read "The Kindness of Strangers" an autobiography written by Kate Adie, presenter of "From Our Own Correspondent" on BBC Radio 4, I remember the feeling of being taken around the world, through historical events and vicariously living through the accounts of people making the
news headlines.

The book's title always resonated with and I have frequently meditated on the phrase.  Most recently, when I was sent a list of on line donors to the Breast Course for Nurses, I paused to reflect on that haunting idea.  

Jessica Knight and her sister ("the Santa Sisters") are riding the Joburg2C bicycle race and are raising funds for the Breast Course for Nurses.  Even before she started the race, over R16, 000 ha been pledged to our cause.  Some of the donors are known to us; others are not.  Our heartfelt, deepest thanks to all:

Elmarie Steyn
Vanessa Hofmeyr
Ana Johnson Robertson
Jessica Knight

Juliet Baxter
Judith Whittaker
Jane Canny
Kevin Pillay
Henlie Viljoen


I had an SMS from Jessica today with an update on her progress.  I quote, ".. so we have finished Day 5-well over half way-not without incident.  I had a silly fall yesterday.  Disagreement with a sharp rock and ended up rupturing my bursa so internal and external stitches.  Got patched and strapped and drugged and finished in good spirits."  I suspect the brief message doesn't tell us half the gory story.   What courage. Well done and I hope the rest of the ride goes well.

My son Matthew and I shot a movie clip of Jessica before she left.  When we had finished making it, I noticed that she was wearing a cycle top sponsored by Coronation.  They generously agreed to give R5000 for the unsolicited publicity.  Thank you Coronation!






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