• “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 
NPC Reg No 2007/002115/08

Michelle Rennie

My BC journey started in 2000. Following timeous surgery, chemo and wonderful support from family and friends, Life continued with many new adventures in store. April 2006 saw the start of the amaBele Belles Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team and I was aboard. Joining the team gave me the chance to not only paddle but be afforded the opportunity of reaching out to women facing the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Anne Frank’s quote below says it all for me:
“How wonderful that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world…..”

My journey with Project Flamingo started in 2010. Whilst participating in an International BC Dragon Boat Regatta event with over 2000 BC survivors some of the Canadian paddlers suggested that we raise funds whilst there to help newly diagnosed women facing challenges back home in Cape Town. We sold our African team gear and happily painted faces – African style – in return for a donation. Once back home and through our coach Martin, we serendipitously met up with Dr Liana Roodt whose passionate desire to ensure timely and holistic cancer treatment for women in the public sector resonated with me. Her dream of trying to reduce the unacceptable 12 to 15 week waiting time for mastectomy surgery in State Hospitals was enough for us to decide to use the dollars as a pledge during a radio interview. The rest is history….

Back to my personal journey…..having let go of the fear and having a desire to give back has put me on the most humbling, rewarding experience supporting and encouraging women when they find themselves in a place of vulnerability at the time of diagnosis and treatment.

Project Flamingo gives me the opportunity to help with exactly what the mission statement says – ensuring timely and holistic cancer treatment.

It is both a privilege and a blessing to be part of Project Flamingo….