On Saturday November 5th 10 Reach for Recovery volunteers were the VIP guests of the 7th Cintron Pink Polo held at Val de Vie near Paarl. This annual event raises awareness of breast cancer and provides funds for their designated charity of the year. This year a local business, Fynbos Valley Gift Boxes, was the chosen charity. This company provides pampering gifts from Blossom Box Boutique for patients undergoing chemo. There has been a long association with Pink Polo at Val de Vie initially through Board of Management member Edith Venter of Edith Unlimited. In 2015 Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project was the recipient of choice. This well organised and fun event is always well attended and this year the weather also played ball. KFM radio has for three years chosen a breast cancer survivor’s story and they are the celebrity of the day. This year the celebrity was Beryl Aries, a feisty  survivor of 11 years, who became a volunteer with the Cancer Association to inspire and assist those dealing with cancer issues. Sadly this year her 33 year old daughter was diagnosed, has had a bilateral mastectomy and is currently undergoing chemo. Beryl started the polo game’s 1st chukka with a pink ball that she later received autographed by all the players. Beryl made this comment:

“Together as a family, we decided not to allow this dreaded disease to rob us of anything. We will continue our fight against cancer and strive to bring awareness, but also try to make a difference in other cancer people’s lives and their families. And hope that we will get more people to rally together to raise funds to assist In terms of finding a cure to make our country a smart cancer free environment, and assisting the less fortunate to receive medical treatments, mammograms, support etc.”

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