S­to­ry be­hind pink trees

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

Pink Trees for Pau­li­ne is at it a­gain, wrap­ping trees in pink cloth to rai­se a­wa­re­ness du­ring Oc­to­ber, which is al­so kno­wn as can­cer month.

The NPO’s pur­po­se is to cre­a­te a­wa­re­ness, u­ni­te com­mu­ni­ties and rai­se funds to en­s­u­re access to can­cer tre­at­ment for all af­fected by all ty­pes of can­cer.

Fi­ve y­e­ars ago, Ca­rol-Ann van Jaars­veldt, af­ter lo­sing her mot­her and her grand­mot­her, both na­med Pau­li­ne, to can­cer, acted on her dre­am to com­mu­ni­ca­te the le­ga­cy of the­se two wo­men and ma­de it a re­a­li­ty in her ho­me­town Graaff-Rei­net. To rai­se can­cer a­wa­re­ness, all the trees al­ong the ro­ads in Graaff-Rei­net we­re wrap­ped in pink ma­te­ri­al.Then in 2012 she, to­get­her with A­dri van Nieu­wen­hui­zen, ma­na­ging di­rec­tor of the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on and a bre­ast can­cer sur­vi­vor, and Dr Pam Kerr, an e­du­ca­ti­o­nal psy­cho­lo­gist, of­fi­ci­al­ly foun­ded the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on Pink Trees for Pau­li­ne. In 2015, the Can­cer As­so­ci­a­ti­on of SA (Can­sa) ca­me on bo­ard.

Ger­da S­trauss, Can­sa’s he­ad of ser­vi­ces de­li­very, said, “Can­sa staff and vo­lun­teers em­bra­ced t­his won­der­ful pro­ject and sold a­bout 2 000m of pink cloth, tur­ning small towns and ci­ties in­to a pink pa­ra­di­se last ye­ar.”

She said the pro­fit they ma­de du­ring last ye­ar’s cam­paign is set a­si­de for pa­tient ac­com­mo­da­ti­on du­ring can­cer tre­at­ment, ho­me-ba­sed nur­sing, fee­ding sche­mes for can­cer-af­fected pa­tients, sup­plying wigs and prost­he­ses, and for trai­ning so­ci­al wor­kers.

Van Nieu­we­hui­zen said, “The­re is po­wer in u­ni­ty, which was a­gain pro­ven du­ring the 2016 cam­paign wor­king with Can­sa and so ma­ny ot­hers,” ad­ding that it is a pri­vi­le­ge wor­king with li­ke-min­ded pe­op­le who share the sa­me vi­si­on.

“We’ve ma­na­ged to rai­se R900 000 for all kinds of can­cer sin­ce the in­cep­ti­on of the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on and mo­re than 150 towns ha­ve par­ti­ci­pa­ted,” she said.

As to w­hat hap­pens to all the cloth at the end of can­cer month, Van Nieu­wen­hui­zen said that all pink ma­te­ri­al must be re­mo­ved, re­cy­cled or do­na­ted to ot­her or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons.

* Bu­si­nes­ses who are in­te­rested in joi­ning the i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve and want to buy the ma­te­ri­al can con­tact C­har­mai­ne Kru­ger, a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on ba­sed in Knys­na, on 082 442 8509, or e­mail c­har­mai­ne.kru­ger@y­mail.com. Al­ter­na­ti­ve­ly, e­mail A­dri van Nieu­we­hui­zen on a­dri@pink­trees.co.za and re­ad up mo­re a­bout the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on on www.pink­trees.co.za .

P­ho­to: Sup­pi­led

A beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of the im­pact of the Pink Trees for Pau­li­ne cam­paign as seen on the An­to­nij Ru­pert Wi­nes in Fransch­hoek, We­stern Ca­pe.

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