‘When I was diagnosed with breast cancer it changed my outlook on everything, family and friends became my priority over work. I not only survived breast cancer, I thrived from breast cancer’ – Dr. Nancy Jonker, addressing an audience of 140 ladies on Saturday 5 October at a fundraiser for the Zimbabwean branch of Reach for Recovery. Reach for Recovery is an international volunteer based organization made up of women who have been through the experience of Breast Cancer. These women, in turn, reach out to offer help and hope to newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patients.
In an effort to support the volunteers in Zimbabwe to deliver this worthy service, the Irish Mashonaland Association, in partnership with Reach for Recovery organised a special fundraiser in the form of a High Tea in Springfever, Rowland Square, Milton Park. The threat of rain couldn’t dampen the joyous atmosphere as ladies snacked on cucumber sandwiches and miniature cakes to the soothing sounds of the Chispite Flute Choir. A sea of pink could be seen in Springfever, with pink ribbons, pink balloons, pink face painting, pink roses, pink hats and pink wardrobes. Spot prizes were awarded to the best dressed, most creative hat and there was even a prize for a lady wearing pink underwear!
‘These women became part of my support system, they became part of my family and I am delighted that I can now be that support for someone else, to repay the kindness shown to me by the volunteers at Reach for Recovery by volunteering my own time’, shared Maureen Cox during a personal testimony.They hold monthly meetings, to share a cup of tea and have the chance to listen to Guest Speakers. The volunteers will also pay visits to newly diagnosed patients’ homes to support them and their family.
Thanks to the many generous sponsors and those who attended, the event raised over $2000.
For more information or to contact Reach for Recovery please contact the support office within the Harare Cancer Association,
60 Livingstone Ave, Harare. Phone: 707659 / 0712 400 632