Pink Lady Crafts for Cancer

The 9th annual Pink Lady Crafts for Cancer was held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West last weekend.  It was the first time that I had the pleasure of attending the day which is organised by Pink Lady® apples  The craft day is an annual fund raising event and the money raised goes towards a transport fund which supports women with breast cancer attending Tygerberg Hospital.

This year's craft was cake decorating. The masterclass was attended by 100 women. It was coordinated by Beate Strydom from the Birdcage Restaurant in Stellenbosch.  There were many beautiful cakes and whilst they were varied in their patterns and themes, the overall colour was pink. ( The Birdcage is a lovely coffee shop in Stellenbosch and as it is one of my son's favourites, I have had the pleasure of having tea there.)

After a musical interlude from Elandre and Josh (many thanks, particularly for the Cole Porter), we went on to an excellent buffet lunch in the large dining room.

Liza, Justus Apffelstaedt, Mike Burton and I all gave brief speeches outlining the transport fund and thanking the sponsors.  Having any cancer results in many trips to the breast centre.  In a large country such as South Africa, the distances travelled are often long and therefore expensive.  For many women, the cost can mean they cannot come for all their cancer treatment sessions.  This results in the treatment being less effective.

Ms van Eck with her cake

Over the last 12 months, the transport fund has paid for 2332 trips to the hospital for treatment.  As the cost of fuel is set to increase next year, the need for the fund will increase rather than decrease.  On behalf of the the women who have benefitted from the transport fund, I would like to thank the following sponsors: The Lord Charles Hotel, Rees Dynamic, Top promotions, Tart Supreme Coffee, Blue Jay-Pink Lady apples, TopFruit and Four Paws wine.

We were all given goody bags and our thanks to all the contributors. A huge thank you to Liza Matthews and Tania Fourie who coordinated the whole event.  I am really looking forward to further projects.
Pink Lady® apples team
On behalf of all the women who have benefitted from your generosity: I thank you.


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