Brackenhurst Primary Cancer Tea in aid of hospice

A Ladies Tea, held in aid of Stepping Stone Hospice and hosted by a teacher at Brackenhurst Primary School, Mrs Dorothy Buitendag, herself a cancer survivor, led to the incredible sum of R55 280 handed over to the hospice team on Tuesday September 19.

This annual Cancer Tea, endorsed by Brackenhurst Primary and held on Saturday September 2 in their school hall, drew 200 ladies to the event where they were not only treated by the table hosts to some lovely eats and coffee and tea, but had the honour to meet the well-known Prof. Carol-Ann Benn, considered to be one of the top breast-cancer experts in South Africa. Her commitment and determination to the field has seen her help many women during their life-changing struggle with this condition.

She addressed the ladies on the importance of knowledge, imparting that knowledge to the younger generation and to familiarise themselves with ways to decrease risks for cancer such as listening to your body, living a healthier lifestyle and to undergo regular papsmears and mammograms.

Sarah Strydom, a 21-year old cancer survivor, shared her story of being a child diagnosed with cancer and the trials and tribulations she as a young person had to face on her road to recovery.

CEO of hospice, Tersia Burger, thanked the Brackenhurst Primary team and told them that the funds couldn't have come at a better time as hospice is experiencing an influx of patients with no medical cover, yet in dire need of specialized palliative care.

Caption: Seen here at the handover of the cheque: f.l.t.r - Tersia Burger, Stepping Stone Hospice CEO; Margaret Breet; Massinissa Ferka (head boy); Lynn Voordecker; Alethea Coetzee; Dorothy Buitendag; Debra Khoza; Tshegofatso Khatle (head girl); Ronell du Preez; Janine Roets and Anne Burger, principal of Brackenhurst Primary School

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