Reach for Recovery is grateful to have received a wonderful donation of R150,000 from the Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo event hero in October 2018 for the fourth consecutive year. This event does not only generate much needed money to benefit many people and impoverished women enabling them to feel confident again after having experienced the trauma of breast cancer, but also creates awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. Mr. Craig James, Polo manager at the Inanda Club in Sandton said that it was lovely to work with tn from Reach for Recovery each year. Furthermore, it was encouraging to see how women’s polo is growing along with this annual event.
The funds were presented to the charity in the form of a large check handover at Inanda Club on 20 February. Representatives from event sponsors Cell C, black and whirlpool were on hand to discuss their commitment to the event.
“The battle against cancer requires courage and resilience,” said Miss SA 2018 Tamaryn Green, who represented Cell C and Black. “All women should stand in the fight against breast cancer.”
Lorraine de Graaf, marketing director of Whirlpool, said supporting the project is close to the company’s heart and also close to her own heart because many of her family members have suffered from breast cancer.
Stephné Jacobs, Margaret Onemu and Minah Sookane, breast cancer survivors and volunteers at REACH for Recovery discussed the work the charity does.
“We have given 317 gifts of hope since Playing for Pink started,” said Jacobs, adding that the prosthesis they provide to breast cancer survivors for little or no rest and confidence in those women.
Margaret received a Ditto prosthesis after she had her mastectomy. “After my operation, I felt like life was gone. Then they fitted me and I was balanced. I was so happy. It gave me a lot of joy. ”She added that while breast cancer had been worn, if it wasn’t for cancer she would never have with the wonderful women at the charity. She joined as a volunteer in 2018. Minah Sookane has been a volunteer for 16 years and runs the Breast Clinic for the Pretoria Group for the past 7 years.
A very special thank you also to Edith Venter from Edith Venter Promotions and her team for organizing the event. Reach for Recovery is very proud to have her as a member of our Board of Management.