What a year

As we are all aware, COVID has had a major impact worldwide.  Our breast clinic at Tygerberg Hospital has had to make many changes to stay accessible to the women who need to access our services. One of the changes we made in March was to get Internet access for the clinic and to purchase a tablet and laptop so we could maintain our communication with our patients and other departments.  Much of the funding for the upgrade came from the Pink Lady fundraising event held last year.

For 2020, the annual fundraiser had to become a virtual event.  Liza Matthews form Pink Lady Apples, put in a huge amount of time and energy to ensure it went ahead.  The theme has always been about learning a new craft. On Saturday, it was bread making.  Heleen Meyer took us through the process of making a basic bread dough.

I used flour milled at Mosterts Mill and managed to make some knotted bread rolls. Others used their dough to make sweet rolls with apple and cinnamon. Alternatively, rosemary and salt can be used to flavour savoury rolls.  

Whilst our bread was rising, Allet Johanni Winckler (image consultant) gave an inspirational talk.   The theme to the talk was “enough”.  She talked about the use (and misuse) of social media and how it can have the effect of making us feel inadequate as parents/people. The bottom line of her talk was whatever you have: it is enough.

At the annual crafts day, there are traditionally Pink Lady Apple bags full of useful objects.  Heleen drew names out of the hat for the recipients of the bags. Luckily, I was one of participants who won a bag. Another winner, Lina Botha, joined the event from London. I understand that she will be able to get hers from their office ther


Like many marathons worldwide, this year's Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was a virtual event.  It gave an opportunity for Zonny's Lovebox project to use it as a fund raising event. 

There were different options available.  The fit ran 21km: others ran or walked 10 or 5km. 

The aim was to raise R50000 to go towards the creation of love boxes. These are given to women with breast cancer who are seen and managed at Tygerbeg Hospital. The project honours Zondelia Lombard Swartz who died from breast cancer in September 2019.  

There was really excellent turnout and plenty of support from many members if the community. A particular thanks go to Stellenbosch University Anatomy society who hosted a refreshment station

If you wish to get involved with Zonnys Love box project, please contact: confettiangels@yahoo.com 

On behalf of all the patients with breast cancer seen and managed at Tygerberg Breast Clinic, I would like to say thank you to the many people involved with these fundraisers over the weekend

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