Show Support and Wrap a Tree in Pink

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The Pink Trees for Pauline initiative is happening right now. Last year a multitude of trees in Hermanus were covered in pink wrap, all for a good cause.

The Pink Trees for Pauline started in 2012 when a Graaff-Reinet resident, Carol-Ann van Jaarsveld, lost her mother and grandmother, both named Pauline, to cancer. As a legacy to both these women she founded Pink Trees for Pauline, together with Adri van Nieuwenhuizen –  a breast cancer survivor and Dr Pam Kerr, an educational psychologist.

To raise cancer awareness, all the trees along the streets in Graaff-Reinet were wrapped in pink material. This unique initiative has grown wings, and the vision Carol-Ann once had, is now the driving force of many people who are wrapping South Africa and Namibia in pink to unite communities and raise money too.

The initiative is run in the Overstrand during the months September and October.

How to get involved:

Last year many Overstranders participated in this initiative. To do so again this year, you can buy metres of pink material from:

–  Hospice Hermanuspink trees

–  Salon Annique

–  the Cansa Office in Onrus

–  the Caledon Casino

The minimum donation is R20 per metre.

Businesses or individuals also have the option of sponsoring material to be used in less privileged areas as well as public spaces in order to make sure the entire community is involved.

What are the funds used for?

Of all funds raised, 80% will be used to improve the quality of life of those living with cancer within the participating towns.

To this end, the funds will used in the following way:

  • Accommodation during cancer treatment
  • Home nursing
  • Feeding schemes for cancer affected patients
  • Training cancer-buddies
  • Social worker training
  • Supplying of wigs or prosthesis or wheelchairs
  • Playpens or toys for children in hospitals
  • Transport needs. ETC.

For any information or how you can get involved in the Pink Trees for Pauline initiative please contact Maryke on 082 857 4294. www.pinktrees.co.za

Original Source: Hermanus Times

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