• “I see no beginning, middle or end to you. Only boundless strength in your endless arms, the moon and sun in your eyes, your own brilliance scorching the universe.” 

    - Bhagavad Gita 
  • “Give up the drop and become the ocean.” 

    - Rumi 
  • ” How wonderful that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

    - Anne Frank 
  • “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” 

    - Elizabeth Edwards 
  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny in comparison to what lies within us.” 

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

    - Victor Frankl 
  • “You can curse the darkness or you could be the one who lights a candle.” 

    - Anonymous 
  • “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” 

    - T.S Elliot 
  • “Cancer could be cruel and send me into misery, but instead it has been kind and has woven rather than unstitching. If it doesn’t let me feel joy without sadness, at least I am so much less likely to feel sadness without joy.” 

    - Jennifer Berger 
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About Us

What is Project Flamingo?

Project Flamingo, like many good things in life, started around a good bottle of wine and a desperate email that landed in the right inbox. When faced with the heartbreaking, stretched out and often chaotic journey of a breast cancer patient in the public health sector, Dr. Liana Roodt decided that something needed to be done. Not only were these women subjected to agonizingly long waiting times for surgery, they were also mostly left isolated in their struggle with a daunting diagnosis. The simple yet profoundly effective idea of  “Catch-up Surgeries” and “Pamper packs” was born. When the AmaBele Belles Dragonboat Racing Team pledged the first donation to the project on a radio interview, it was kismet. Joining forces, the AmaBele Belles’ Project Flamingo has subsequently grown so fast that literally hundreds of women have been touched by the project since its launch in 2010.

What exactly are we raising funds for?

Timely surgery for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients – currently achieved by funded catch-up surgery lists performed at Groote Schuur Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town (paying for theatre time and nursing staff.) This is to compensate for the tremendous strain on theatre and staff resources that have led to a waiting time of up to 12 weeks for surgery in 2010. Thanks to Project Flamingo, the waiting time for surgery is now at 2-4 weeks at Groote Schuur and we hope to see similar results at Tygerberg soon! We have expanded this idea to patients urgently requiring surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital for colorectal cancer as well.

Pamper packs for all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at the Groote Schuur Hospital Combined Breast Clinic. Every Wednesday a panel of expert clinicians, including surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and radiologists meet with approximately 20 newly diagnosed patients to discuss their diagnosis and treatment plan. This is a life-changing and traumatic afternoon for these women – and our pamper packs is an attempt to keep their feminine spirit alive. These pamper packs contain some bathroom essentials, a snack, magazines, an axillary pillow and drain bag as well as educational material on breast cancer that they can bring along to hospital when they come back for their surgeries. The idea of the Pamper pack has truly taken off – and has become a token of hope. The cost per pamper pack is approximately R65 and any product donations are welcomed.

We hope that we will, by raising these funds, help to significantly reduce the tremendous pressure on the Groote Schuur Breast and Oncology Unit and that this will ultimately lead to improved patient care that incorporates a truly holistic approach to the disease. Because we see the bigger picture and deeply believe in inclusive health for all, we work closely with multiple other cancer organizations to achieve our goals. Please see THE BIG PICTURE for more information on these initiatives.   

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Nan White

Nan White

I found out that I had cancer in 1995. My husband found the lump while feeling frisky one evening, I just ...
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The Wine club that gave project Flamingo wings

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