• “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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The Wine club that gave project Flamingo wings

It really is thanks to the support and endless energy of seven phenomenal women who we may call friends, that Project Flamingo took flight in 2010.     I had barely voiced the idea of pamper packs and catch-up surgeries over a glass of spectacular Chardonnay, when these girls jumped on their phones and laptops […]

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A caring space for World Cancer Day

What did you do for World cancer day? The Project Flamingo team decided that the surgical cancer patients in ward F17 at Groote Schuur Hospital needed a new safe space where they can be examined and counselled after diagnosis and before admission. With a whole lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of magic, a […]

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The Wine club that gave Project Flamingo wings

It really is thanks to the support and endless energy of seven phenomenal women who we may call friends, that Project Flamingo took flight in 2010. I barely voiced the idea of pamper packs and catch-up surgeries over a glass of spectacular Chardonnay and these girls jumped on their phones and laptops to make things […]

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Groote Schuur Hospital Staff Wellness Initiative

I believe that integral to changing the journey of any cancer patient in our public health care system, is the wellbeing and state of mind of the health care workers in the system. These people, from doctors and nurses to administration and cleaning staff, each play a vital role – yet little is invested in […]

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Lipstick and World War 2

It was while reading this account of a certain Colonel Gonin’s stay at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during world war two that the idea of pamper packs was born. The story touched me deeply and I was reminded that sometimes it is the small things we do that make a big difference. That we should never do nothing because a problem seems overwhelmingly big and our ability to contribute seems overwhelmingly small.

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A Healer’s Prayer

Lord, protect my doubts, because doubt is a way of healing. It is doubt that makes us grow because it forces us to look fearlessly at the many answers that exist to one question. In order for this to be possible… Lord, protect my questions, because questions are a way of healing. It is questions […]

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Karin Baadjes

Karin Baadjes

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A Healer’s Prayer

Lord, protect my doubts, because doubt is a way of healing. It is doubt that makes us grow because it forces us to look fearlessly at the many answers that exist to one question. In order for this to be possible… Lord, protect my questions, because questions are a way of ...

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