Hibiscus Coast Seconds Members Lyndall Valentine, recently embarked on a campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer, by appealing to local businesses to sponsor a few meters of Pink fabric and wrap trees in the vicinity of their business premises – as part of the national “Pink Trees for Pauline” campaign.
Lyndall tells us her story …
As most locals know, for the last year I was fighting breast cancer. I was 31 when diagnosed and fought it for 1 year and underwent chemo treatment. A month ago I was told amazing news that I am in remission.
Being breast cancer awareness month or otherwise known as PINK OCTOBER and being a new cancer survivor I wanted to celebrate in some way and at the same time bring awareness to the dreaded disease yet also tell my story to give others fighting the disease some hope that it can be beaten.
There is an already existing nationwide drive called PINK TREES FOR PAULINE which raises funds for cancer patients and their families. Margate had never participated in this drive before and because I was looking for some or other project to work on for this month I started working together with CANSA to raise funds for PINK TREES FOR PAULINE (PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT THE FOUNDER OF THIS PROJECT)
You can google “pink trees for Pauline” and you’ll see what it’s all about.
I just have been working hard trying to get the South Coast as involved as I could and bring awareness. I’ve been asking businesses and individuals to sponsor trees to be wrapped either by myself or they purchase the fabric from me and they wrap themselves. This in some kind of a way has been a way of “giving back” and celebrating my remission and also all the funds being raised are going to CANSA. Also in November when the fabric gets taken down it gets donated to hospitals and children’s homes. Not only does the pink trees bring breast cancer awareness, it also gives hope to those fighting the disease and is a tribute to the soldiers who have lost their fight…
I have spoken and told my story at 2 events already and on Sunday morning 9am I was interviewed by 93.4fm UGU YOUTH STATION to tell my story.
Anyone wanting to participate in this worthy drive can contact me on my cell phone 0720731722