The Pink Project was initiated by Debi Jeans early this year, herself shortly after being diagnosed and having a double mastectomy under Dr Carol Benn at Milpark Hospital.
Two friends Karen Tselentis and Larin Mariani volunteered to have their heads shaved at the KidsCan INNOVATE Gym Annual Mud Run in support of breast cancer awareness in February.
Debi decided to optimize and advertise the courage of these two beautiful, young women and invited the public to donate towards, what was essentially the first ever “Pink Projects” – to raise funds for a physiotherapist to do a three month course run out of New Zealand, specializing in the rehabilitation and treatment of patients with breast cancer and to pay for an air ticket for Dr Benn to come to Harare to give talks.
The delightful thing is that the hairdresser Tamiryn Birkitt turned up to shave 2 heads and ended up shaving just over twenty with the “Shavathon” being the highlight of the day and countless people donating towards the target of $2500. Needless to say, $2450 was raised!
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
Debi’s intention is to bring together as many committed and dedicated people as possible working with breast cancer in Zimbabwe. She feels that updated and on-going information easily made available to patients, families of patients and to the care providers is essential to being able to deliver a truly compassionate, informed and therefore empowered ability on the behalf of a patient to choose their options of treatment.
The Pink Project has a policy of donating at least 10% of all funds raised to The Cancer Centre as there is ongoing support for breast cancer patients and their families.
On Saturday 12th May this year, The Pink Project was chosen by Dave Curtis and his team at The Stables Winery Annual wine and food festival as the beneficiary of their fund-raising drive during the festival.
A total of just over $6000 was raised specifically to fund support pink projects which fall under the mission statement.