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Sunflower fund

I REALLY love what this organization is about and do intend to get onto the donor list when I meet all criteria (will blog about the process when I do).

We all have Hopes and Dreams. By purchasing a bandana for R25 you could make a difference and offer those fighting leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders a chance of a future” states Tarryn Corlett, Chief Executive Officer for The Sunflower Fund.

12th October is National Bandana Day. The Sunflower Fund encourages the public to buy a bandana from their nearest Pick n Pay or local Round Table, including Namibia and wear it to their show their support towards the brave fight that these patients face on a daily basis when they lose their hair from their chemotherapy treatments.

Funds raised through National Bandana Day go towards paying for the expensive tissue typing (DNA) tests for new donors to join The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).

The Sunflower Fund relies heavily on this fundraiser to continue testing donors to help patients suffering from leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders, who require a bone marrow transplant in order to survive and live a longer and healthier life.

“Please support this campaign and help make a difference as together, we can save more lives and we cannot do this without your support” implores Corlett.

Of course, a campaign of this magnitude would not be possible without the generosity and support of all our sponsors. Heartfelt thanks to all: Pick n Pay, Round Table Southern Africa, Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore, Bierfest, Newsclip, Jupiter Drawing Room, Wishbones, DStv, SuperSport, e.tv, SABC Foundation, Cinemark, Kulula and PRIMEDIA.

For more information on National Bandana Day and The Sunflower Fund, call the toll free line on 0800 12 10 82 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za

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Diaries of a 2 year old jetsetter

Last week Erin Grace went to Umhlangha for a WEEK with her Granny and Oupie! Boy oh boy, did she have a wonderful time, even though the weather was rather bad.

She went to Ushaka and loved the fishies, dolphins and penguins. She got to see her other grandparents, Oupie and Pops. She got to see aunt Tashy (who bought her a TRUCK load of gifts), aunt Lans and uncle Charl. She saw my mums SCHOOL friend, Anita and met her granddaughter, Julia. She ate chips, chips and more chips (loves chips). Built castles in the sand, swam in the pool with her wings on for the first time. Almost fully potty trained within a week! Loved the birds, ducks, tikkies (cats) and stream of water. She walked and rode her pink tjotter bike.

I joined them the last two days and I could hardly believe her development, talking in full sentences now.

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My girl, I am so glad you had a lovely time at the resort where Matthew and I used to go when we were children, Cabana Beach! Love you!

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Naartjie’s new summer range

I have ALWAYS been a Naartjie fan, but had no idea that they had been around for 25 years – happy 25th birthday Naartjie! They’re almost as old as I am. Erin wears Naartjie outfits for special occasions (see below her first Christmas and first birthday outfits) but also wears their clothes for everyday, as they are so practical and comfortable!

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Naartjie has extended their range to include children’s clothes up to the age of 12 years!! Check out these amazing deals:

Buy any top, bottom and two accessories and you will get 20% off. From 28 August – 31 October 2014.

Buy any two girls dresses or boys t-shirts or baby grows and get 50% off the second item of lesser value. From 2 – 30 October 2014.

 

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If you don’t like MY Jozi- LEAVE

For all those JHB vs. CT debate lovers, please don’t get excited as this blog post is definitely not a comparison of large SA cities.

This is much more serious post about something (place) that is VERY near and dear to me – Jozi. This has been my tenth year in this BEAUTIFUL (yes please open your eyes and see Jozi’s beauty) city of gold. I have obtained my degrees in this city. I have met the love of my life in this city. I have married in this city. I have completed 3 grueling years of articles in this city. My daughter was born in this city. I have started a charity in this city. And I have learned to LOVE this city.

In these ten years I have come across MANY “Jozi-haters” but the last few weeks has made me quite angry, so now to get over it and let go, I’ll write about it. I even had someone say on FB how bored they were in Jozi (yes you read right) and then send me a message “Jozi isn’t exactly my favourite place to be”. My question then is – “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU HERE”.
For those people that live in Jozi and “it’s not exactly your favourite place to be” why are you here? Why don’t you move to your beloved Wellington, Rustenburg or Margate? Why do you spend every day in this city that you hate?

My philosophy about life is that you only live once and that you need to live for TODAY. If you are longing to ONE DAY live in another city what if you never even get to that ONE DAY?

I also have a family member who has for the last few decades longed to live in her country of origin, and two days ago she decided to move back there – HALLELUJAH I say – finally you can live and be happy about the place you live in!!!

For those “Jozi-haters” who live here, PLEASE do us “Jozi-lovers” a HUGE favour and move to the place you so long for, Jozi will be a MUCH better place WITHOUT YOU. Go to your sea or mountain or bushveld or snow and BE HAPPPY! Live in the place you LOVE and stop bad mouthing the place I love.

My heart belongs in Jozi (and I’m so grateful that my husband shares the same sentiment). We love the fast pace, beauty, nature, parks, having endless opportunities, our businesses and careers being blessed in Jozi, our charity helping others, our daughter having so many opportunities. Yes, there are bad things and there are things we need to improve on, but show me ONE city in the world that doesn’t?

For awesome facts about Jozi, see here.