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New service at Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic

On Monday, 29 October 2018,  RFR Tygerberg’s dream came true – their own office at the Breast Clinic at Tygerberg Hospital! The office allows them to provide one on one support to patients who just had their diagnosis confirmed – what a wonderful way to support patients during this very emotional time.  Volunteers will take [...]

My afternoon with breast cancer survivor – Cindy-Lyn

I met Cindy-Lyn at a local coffee shop on a hot October afternoon. I had previously asked Reach for Recovery if I would be able to speak to one of their patients – someone who had received both the support from Reach for Recovery as well as the prostheses from The Ditto Project. One of [...]

Breast Cancer: The driving force behind The Ditto Project

In last week's blog post I introduced “Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project and elaborated on their work on providing low income breast cancer survivors with silicone breast prostheses in an effort to help them restore their confidence, feel as though their body is “back in balance,” so to speak, and help them return to their daily [...]

Breast Cancer: Breaking the mould by providing moulds!

By now we are well into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month of advice, tips and general information on the disease being offered and shared. While this information garners much media attention, as it rightfully should, what of the wonderful NGOs which are playing a big role in breast cancer survivors’ lives? I’ve recently been [...]

BRUNCH FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

On 4 October 2018, Reach for Recovery Paarl hosted a Brunch to create awareness of breast cancer.  The event was attended by 160 guests.  While feasting on a variety of eats and drinks, Adagio, a local group entertained guests with beautiful songs from way back then and current ones. The Paarl Group once again donated [...]

BRAS FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Wolnessie, a shop that sells wool in Paarl decided to raise awareness on breast cancer and invited members of the community to add a bra to the “washing line” outside the shop.  The response from the community has been great!  RFR Paarl added their own very pink bra.  

WESTERN CAPE PEER SUPPORT TRAINING

Vice Chair of Reach for Recovery S.A. Alison Ayre lead this year’s training (August) which was different in several ways as only one of the original 6 applicants actually attended the training! There were 10 experienced volunteers who attended the refresher course of which 2 partook in the Train the Trainer course. This was the [...]

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS DAY HELD IN MBABANE, SWAZILAND

On 15 September 2018, Stephné Jacobs, Chairperson of the Reach for Recovery (RFR) Board of Management was the guest of honour at a  breast cancer survivors day which was held at Matenga Cultural Village in Mbabane, Swaziland.  She was invited by the Swaziland Cervical and Breast Cancer Network (SBCCN), a non-profit organisation with whom RFR [...]

DIGNITY IN THE FACE OF EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL TRAUMA

As one of South Africa’s oldest breast cancer support organisations, Reach for Recovery has provided over 5000 underprivileged women, unable to afford prostheses on their own, with silicone breast prostheses. October is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s worthwhile including this very common disease in the topics that are aired in Women’s Month. According to [...]

REACH FOR RECOVERY CAPE PENINSULA OUTREACH PROGRAMS IN HEIDEVELD AND SAPS MANENBERG

Anneleen Hobbs and Elizabeth Cupido  visited the  Heideveld Library on 23 August for a very successful breast cancer outreach with 30 pensioners and Library staff. Four of the pensioners are breast cancer survivors ! Our volunteers enjoyed a wonderful morning of breast cancer awareness and other activities at the SAPS Manenberg Women's Day Programme in [...]