A story of grief and com­pas­sion

The Rep - - COUNTRY KALEIDOSCO­PE - By Abongile Sol­und­wana

FORMER Daily Dis­patch jour­nal­ist Vuyani Green, cur­rently work­ing as an SABC cor­re­spon­dent in par­lia­ment, has writ­ten a book which cen­tres on a vil­lage near Queen­stown, The Road to Thornhill.

Green said the vil­lage had sen­ti­men­tal value as it was where he met his late wife, Pinky, for the first time.

The book ex­plores themes of Green’s child­hood as a boy in the vil­lage, the loss of his cousin dur­ing the col­lapse of the Syn­a­gogue of All Na­tions in Nige­ria in 2014, along with the coura­geous spirit of his wife while bat­tling with cancer.

Green’s wife, who was di­ag­nosed with blood cancer or acute lym­phoid leukaemia died af­ter ef­forts to find a bone mar­row match for a trans­plant failed.

“The fam­ily did not match and nei­ther did I. The only per­son who came close was her sis­ter but doc­tors said it would be a huge risk.”

Ad­vice by her on­col­o­gist that she should find a match within her eth­nic group to al­low an eas­ier match also failed as there were no black donors able to as­sist.

“The book was mo­ti­vated by my de­sire to raise aware­ness within the black pop­u­la­tion to avail them­selves for do­nat­ing or­gans and blood in or­der to save lives.”

He said the book was also meant to of­fer con­so­la­tion to those who had suf­fered the loss of a loved one and were find­ing it hard to come to terms with the grief. Green said some of the pro­ceeds of the sale of his book would go to the Sun­flower Fund which sup­ports cancer pa­tients and en­cour­ages bone mar­row do­na­tions. The Sun­flower Fund was started by Tina Botha, the mother of Chris Botha, 17, whose story of courage in the fight against cancer made news head­lines in the late 1990s. Chris died in 2000.

“My wife’s ward at the Medi Clinic was called the Sun­flower Ward, which was named by the par­ents of the boy (Chris) who used to love draw­ing sun­flow­ers be­fore los­ing his life to leukaemia.”

Green ad­vised peo­ple to find out more about trans­plants, re­fer­ring them to the South African bone mar­row reg­istry web­site for more in­for­ma­tion on trans­plants and stem cell do­na­tions.

Green said the pub­lic’s re­sponse to the book had been phe­nom­e­nal.

“Some copies were re­quested from the United States of America. I am cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing to get my book placed in na­tional book stores.”

The book is avail­able to lo­cals through Green’s brother, Mx­olisi Green who can be reached on 072-949 5273 or email to vuyanig@icloud.com

THANK YOU! A group of East Lon­don res­i­dents ar­rived in Dor­drecht with three bakkie loads and trail­ers full of wa­ter. The wa­ter was col­lected by An­nalien Mou­ton of Dor­drecht fol­low­ing a lack of wa­ter in the town for 30 hours af­ter there was a prob­lem...

NEW ON THE MAR­KET: Vuyani Green hold­ing a copy of his book The Road to Thornhill Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

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