The Gift of Life

For a moment the numbness felt as if impersonating a disturbing scene from a movie.  The doctor’s voice sounded vague.   I could feel the rhythm of my heart changing its beat… This unsteady feeling lasted until treatment was done.   This becomes the normal for those who keep on fighting the uncontrolled divisions of cells. To…

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Wholeness

As the year proceeds we tend to feel overwhelmed and not so energetic any more. However, stories around the country of people allowing the needs of those affected to break their hearts, and serving relentless and without expecting anything in return spur us on again.  The hands and feet of this project around the country…

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Life of a different kind

Many a time there are passers by It seems they always look away Almost a flicker of hope again to die And added is just another gloomy day   I can almost hear the plea as I read the words of this song.  Our lives are filled with beauty, glitz and glamour. Yet, on the…

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Follow your JOY

Sometimes the answer is clear – take a page out of someone else’s book.  When you’re involved in volunteer work and the ‘NGO world’ it is just too easy to lose yourself in giving.  And unfortunately you can give only so much until ‘burn out’ comes knocking on your door… The secret is to look…

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The Pink Picture

Anne Frank said “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world”.  Thousands of volunteers throughout South Africa and Namibia worked around the clock on the Pink Trees for Pauline 2015 initiative to raise funds for their cancer communities.  They did so without avail, not wasting a precious moment…

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A Dedication

‘’Every time I carry you I am stronger than before” A dedication. To the passionate Pink Trees for Pauline people all over South Africa, these words are for you: Pink represents compassion, nurturing and love.  Pink contains the need for action of red and the insight and success of white. The deeper the pink the…

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Story

What a week.  I attended a funeral of a precious and very dear friend.  The journey took me to my hometown filed with storybook tales.  Certain paragraphs of my story made me smile and some made me cry.  At times a tear found its way down my cheek without permission. Some letters in my story…

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HONOUR THE PAULINE IN YOUR LIFE

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,’ my mother explained shortly before she left me. ‘If you can remember me, I will be with you always.” This was said by Isabel Allende in Eva Luna. And this is the place where many operate from…in honour of their loved ones they…

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Teamwork

The Business dictionary defines Teamwork as: The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. Teamwork is a crucial part of a business, as it is necessary for colleagues to work well together, trying their best in any circumstance. Teamwork means that people will try to cooperate, using their individual skills and providing constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict between them. When Passion is the driving force and compassion the trait that binds a group…

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Love made visible

This week I was humbled by what I experienced.  I was part of the crew that accompanied the 18 cyclists on the first Pink Trees for Pauline Vallei tot Vallei Cycle Tour 2015.  ± 530km in 4 days. These cyclists were all professional men and women from different walks of life with one thing in…

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The Prelude

This coming Sunday, 20 September 2015, 19 brave-hearted cyclists will start the Pink Trees for Pauline Vallei tot Vallei 2015 Cycle Tour.  They will surmount valleys and mountains and all of this in aid of Pink Trees for Pauline.  Without these fierce participants, inspired by the needs of so many cancer affected people, the dream…

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Wrapped in colour, united in hope

Although I have surely wrapped hundreds of trees over the past three years, each time wrapping a tree my thoughts linger around my journey from the moment I heard the words “You have breast cancer” and all the poignant moments thereafter.  It may sound off, but I deem myself privileged.  I had a medical aid…

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It Began

And so it began.  Our signature pink fabric is being transported across the country.  Soon trees wrapped in pink splendour will be seen by many.  Money raised through Pink Trees for Pauline will be welcomed by people and their families affected by this dreadful disease. Behind the scenes stories of affection and care always leave…

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More of what the world needs

A touching and beautifully composed article about a little boy and a heart-of-gold woman brought me to tears.  Please read and share this amazing, woven with beautiful words, article by our own Mariza van Deventer.  A smile replaced my teary face as I pictured the joy and bliss on Tiano’s face.  But then, I am…

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Looking at the heart

Misty mountains all around me limit my gaze today.  The cold outside embrace my thoughts and forces me to be thankful for the warmth I experience in spite of the freezing weather. I made an actual decision to look at things in my life to be thankful for.  I had to look inside my heart…

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