“When people meet you they most likely won’t remember what you said, or what you did, but they certainly will remember how you treated them” ~ Nelson Mandela
If you know us, you’ll know that we are very passionate about two things;
- the fact that families are affected by childhood cancer and not only the patient. This passion stems from the fact that we witnessed the emotional fallout of the siblings in our families as they watched from the sidelines while their sick brother or sister were exposed to experiences that they could only dream of ever experiencing.
- that we focus a lot of our energy on the intangible touchy-feely things. These are the things that we can seldom put into words when we’re looking for funding because we really cannot explain the value that it adds to the childhood cancer experience.
Yesterday 18 July 2017, thousands celebrated the birthday of Tata Madiba. In true #TsogoSun style, the Southern Sun Waterfront team, invited 11 of our families (caregivers, siblings and patients) to a day of fun and spoils.
After collecting our families, they were dropped off at the hotel and were met by the staff who formed a guard of honour while serenading them as they entered. All the fun activities, face painting, dress up, photobooth and magic show was a hit with the children and adults alike! What made it extra special was the fact that they were able to take the pictures of their fun-filled day home with them to keep in their memory box. The food was so tasty and in abundance that no-one could resist the urge to go back for seconds and in some cases thirds!
As we prepared to leave after 3 1/2 hours of fun, we again started to hear the wonderful sounds of the team serenading us. As we made our way toward the exit to where our transport waited, there was no way to stop the emotional outbursts from some of the children because it was time to say goodbye. It was indeed a day that our families will remember not only now, but forever.
Thank you Southern Sun Waterfront, you have listened to the heartbeat of our organisation and it is abundantly clear that you understand it.