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The 3 Peaks 24 Hour Challenge, the “C” word and making a difference.

28 Feb

So there The Accomplice and I were, bantering along as we do, and he was telling me about his mates that are going to be doing The 3 Peaks 24 Hour Challenge. As usual – I jumped in and asked about 20 000 questions, what’s that, where, who, how etc before he even has the chance carry on with his story. Turns out it’s walking, and traveling between, the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) ALL WITHIN 24 HOURS. “Now THAT, my friend, is just ridik” I bleated.

Ben Nevis - So like this but TIMES THREE.

But there’s more. They’re doing it to raise money for Brain Tumour UK. Yes people, the “C” word. And we all know how much I despise this word and disease, we’ve had this conversation before my lovely. Having lost my Dad to cancer just over a year ago I know how heart breaking and difficult it is to have family and friends fighting this disease so I fully support any effort for anyone who tries to make a difference. So The Accomplice suggested I post this to my blog to help with donations, and of course I would. I most certainly do not think that it is ridiculous – I think the amazing effort that this group of friends is making is just incredible.

I read Craig’s story today on his donations page and his sister, Suzanne, has a brain tumour. I know how difficult it is seeing someone you love so much live and fight cancer and her story broke my heart – what a true fighter. It’s all fair and well to read these things, but if we don’t do something to change it and make people’s quality of life better, well, we’ll keep reading stories. Which is unacceptable.

So bottom line – pull your little Visa card out and DONATE. It takes a few minutes and is super easy. I don’t ask too much of you and I’m asking you so nicely to help make a difference and support Craig.

Here’s the link where you can donate and read about Suzanne’s brave journey – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=CraigPetrie

Good luck to the team doing it. You’ll SMASH it.

Miss M x

Movember. The “C” word. And the tash that YOU and ME are donating to.

22 Nov

Movember has literally taken the world by storm and if you don’t know what I’m talking about best you get with the times, puh-lease. Everyone knows about it, but if you don’t I’ll be kind enough to bring you on the inside of the “cool” people’s loop because I am such a nice person.

Movember is the month of November, obviously, where millions of guys from every corner of the earth start the month off with a clean shave and spend the rest of the month growing their moustaches – growing, molding, pruning and obsessing. They literally obsess! I love the creativity, care and passion they have that goes along with it. This is all in an effort to raise funds for men’s health, mainly prostate cancer, by registering on the Movember site:

http://www.movember.com/

It is here where people are able to donate some cash to their amazing tash growing efforts and therefore show their support towards cancer – with a focus on men’s health. There is loads of information here too. I am a big fan of Movember – and ladies you should all encourage your men to get their tash on instead of bleating about it like a little princess because it’s going to tickle, um, your face – and rather support them. It’s for a good cause.

Now, most close to me will know how much I hate the “C” word – no, not that word gutter brain! Yes, the Cancer word – prostate cancer in particular. I knew a guy that was the picture of health – a normal oke (well he was way WAY more awesome than everyone) a surfer, rugby player, cyclist, a Navy diver, best braai master, brilliant Quantity Surveyor and businessman, amazing husband, the kindest and most patient man on planet earth – I could carry on forever here. Granted he loved a beer at the end of the day (and Gawd damn, as an ex-drinking captain of his uni team, he knew how to sink a brewski) and maybe a little too much butter on his roast potatoes – but in general he was an all round healthy man. He was also the BEST Dad in the world, my Dad, and he lost the long hard battle that he put up to prostate cancer just over a year ago, so you can understand my support for Movember, obviously. What my point here is that you guys should get yourselves checked out. You may think it’ll never be you – you’re young, normal, healthy and a most importantly a big tough MAN, just like my Pops was. But be responsible mkay gents! Just go on and get checked every year. Not anal! Annual. End of the day –  it could and will save your life. I’m not going to bleat on about this anymore. You go on and look after your own health. DO IT. 

So I’ve chosen my favourite tash for this year’s Movember, by slight default, which I have donated to and would love everyone feeling the vibe to donate to too – no pressure or anything – just best you do it! I only associate myself with the most awesome of people and I promise that this is the best tash out there. Even a couple of bucks is perfect and would be hugely appreciated. You don’t want to be that person sitting on the side line like a muppet – so get involved!

This is a really fine effort by one Mister Chris Lambley.


I think he deserves loads of support for his amazing tash, and by support I mean money people! Here’s the link to his MoSpace where you can donate. It’s super simple and takes about 2 minutes, I pinky promise, I’ve done it. Just do it peaches! We’ll get a pic up of the final tash and how much he raised for this very important cause. Well done Christopher!

http://mobro.co/lambley

I love Movember and all the hype that goes along with it but let’s just remember what it’s for. Tashes and donations are cool. Prostate Cancer is not.

Get checked!

Miss M x

Little Bronwyn Truter’s story made me stop to think.

15 Nov

I just heard the most heart breaking, yet moving story on Highveld on the Breakfast Xpresss and decided to do something about it. Well, as much as I can do. Yes, I live in the desert darlings but listening to Saffa radio gets me through a part of my day. Keeps you close to your roots, ya know – and I have to keep my eye on the old Republic.

It’s about a little girl, Bronwyn Truter. She fell into a coma after being diagnosed with severe insulin dependent diabetes type 1 in 2010. From being diagnosed, to being resuscitated back to life, to her parents being told to say their goodbye’s and refusing to so moving her to another hospital… and the story just goes on and on – it’s been a long and traumatic road for this family. After three months in a coma, she suffered cardiac arrest, impaired vision and sustained brain damage to her right frontal lobe. I mean, this is an 8 year old little girl that has gone through all of this trauma and still is, a year later. What a little fighter. Just breaks my heart and I cannot imagine what her parents must be going through seeing this happening to their daughter.

So – 94.7 Highveld Stereo has their Christmas Wishlist every year. A company called Interactive Technologies ( http://www.inter-active.co.za/) responded to Bronwyn’s wishlist in 2010 by pledging R 100 000 and have continued to support her during 2011 with an additional R 200 000 in financial support. What an amazing company. There are other companies that have also got involved which is fabulous. She is at home but requires 24 hour medical care and is constantly fighting for her life. I don’t think I can even comprehend what her medical bills must me. I am sure extortionate.


Bottom line – she needs help. And you can do something to help. This is what her wishlist is, check it out on Interactive Technologies website:

http://www.inter-active.co.za/BronwynWishlist.aspx

I got in touch with Jeanne from Interactive Technologies to see how a person can go about helping her. Every little bit helps people, so you can either donate an item from her list or donate money towards her wishlist. No amount is too small and her gratitude towards me blew me away. If you want to get involved contact Jeanne Sandras at Jeanne@inter-active.co.za or +27 83 609 8861. She will be able to provide you with further information or bank details.

This story really made me sit back for a second and realize that when you’re having the kakkest day it really is NOT all that bad and we should really be grateful for our healthy lives. If someone had to ask me what my wishlist was, well, it would be Louboutins, Tiffany jewelry, 2 week family trip to Bora Bora, Audi A1 and all random materialistic things that really don’t count for much – how shallow, I’m actually embarrassed! This little girls list is literally one to save her life.

Go on. One less night on the town during the silly season could help save a little life. Diabetes is serious. And I take it seriously because a very special someone too close too my heart lives with it every day.

Get involved kids. I know you want to.

Miss M x