• “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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Martin goes pink for October

The amabele Belles’ Project Flamingo is project to save your life when The State can’t, and to support you to better health, with life-loving folk. For October, my hair will be pink to start conversations that showcase the people and organisations that make life radder. I’ll be a boob for cancer, because boobs, because life, because risk.

Molweni nonke, (Good morning all)

Yeah, I’m the odd guy in the middle of 6J who sings a lot in case you’re wondering.

Anyhow, tomorrow I will arrive at work with a bright permanent-pink (for the month of October) hairdo.
Please do not be alarmed: I am neither going mid-life mad (this sort of behaviour is “priced in” for me) nor being an attention slave, but I am dying (my hair – my health is excellent as far as I know) to make a difference.

My intention is to look like a boob to start conversations about two projects I’m involved in, namely
amaBele Belles and Project Flamingo.

Project Flamingo: saves lives
Currently, if you are not on private medical aid and depend on the state health system, there may be 6 months or more between your diagnosis of breast cancer and the life-saving surgery. This puts your life at greater risk. Project Flamingo is the brainchild of Dr Liana Roodt, who personally volunteers her time and skill to perform the “catch up” surgery, and co-ordinates with the state for available wards as well as anaesthetists and finally also tries to raise money to cover ward costs.
I am involved with fund raising and guiding the Public Benefit Organisation which receives the funds.
I want you to know there are heroes like Liana who give back while they live. October is the month to say so.

amaBele Belles: gives hope and support (amabele is Xhosa for breasts; belles is pseudo-French for ladies)
The amaBele Belles dragonboat club provide a loving environment with a sporty bent that allows ladies living with cancer (aka “survivors”) to focus on living a full life via competitive sport, as well as providing amateur first-hand experience survivor-advice on issues such as post-operation femininity, prosthetics/implants, family, remission and confidence. I am a former dragonboating coach of the Belles. The Belles also compete at international Breast Cancer dragonboat racing competitions every so often, and you can imagine that someone who depends on the state health system has little hope of paying for travel to e.g. Canada or Singapore. We raise some money to help them get there too so that money is not the thing holding back the unity of the club.

I am proud to have my hair pink, and I will gladly discuss any of the above with you, or if you or someone you know is feeling alone, generous, bewildered, cautious or curious, I will refer you to this amazing network of ladies and gents.

I did get permission for the hairdo from our employer first though (I have some new business pitches coming up this month and I feel this will not harm our chances).
Thanks to Hugh and Andrew D for “green lighting” my mission.



My colleauges in the client services team have rallied behind the initiative and are wearing pink on Fridays this month.
They’re also collecting will hopefully be contributing to project flamingo :-)

Loving the vibe!

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