For the fourth consecutive year, Le Creuset has committed to assisting the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) with their Cuppa For CANSA campaign. This year the focus was on CANSA Care Homes, as reflected in the ‘Care in a Cup’ theme.
We hosted our own ‘Grand Cuppa For CANSA’ tea parties at three of the country’s leading high tea establishments – in Johannesburg (Inanda Club), Durban (The Oyster Box) and Cape Town (The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel), and raised a combined total of R174, 115.00 for the organisation with the generous support of attendees.
In addition, Le Creuset also boosted its own contribution by donating 15% of Chiffon Pink product sales during the campaign period (15 September to 31 October) to CANSA, amounting to R77 390.62.
As part of the campaign, we challenged people all over the country to gather with friends and loved ones to share a friendly cuppa, in order to raise further awareness and funds for CANSA. Three fabulous category prizes were up for grabs, each consisting of a R5000 Le Creuset voucher. We were overwhelmed by the beautiful entries we received and cannot thank you enough for your enthusiastic participation in this charitable cause. So without further ado, here’s our selection of thoroughly deserving winners!*
The winner of the ‘Most Creative’ category is… Caley Rosenberg!
Caley’s pink tea party featured visually stunning elements. We saw in her afternoon tea not only an elegant celebration of life, but also of femininity. The latter reminded us of the resilience and strength of the many women who face this disease ̶ and with her pink theme in mind, those who battle breast cancer in particular (the colour being synonymous with this form of the disease).
Here is Caley’s story**, with a few pictures from her event:
“As a young woman, inevitably I love all things pink, hosting a fun event and socialising with friends. Unfortunately, I have lost many family members and friends to cancer. This cause is close to so many hearts and there is no better way to celebrate and collect donations than hosting a Cuppa For CANSA. We got together with our pink ribbons, Le Creuset pink items and had a wonderful afternoon.”
The winner of the ‘Most Moving Message’ category is… Masana Sangweni!
We were all touched by the heart-warming story of Masana’s friend Thandi and her battle with colon cancer; not to mention the supportive network that has stood by her through it all. This was beautifully captured in the celebratory photo shoot Masana and her friends did in pink satin sheets. We also appreciated seeing the creative use of Le Creuset products in her tea party.
Here is Masana’s story, with a few pictures from her event:
“In December 2014, just weeks after we had a long weekend cruise on the MSC, our friend Thandi was diagnosed with colon cancer at just 35. It was hard to believe and felt so unreal. After the fun we had, the last thing on our minds was this. It became very real when she spent Christmas, New Year’s Day and her birthday in a hospital fighting this monster.
What also became real were the people in Thandi’s life. Through trying times like this you get to know who cares and “has your back” through it all. Thandi has been blessed with a supporting and loving family, and the same friends who were with her at the cruise party boat are the same friends that have been with her in and out of the hospital.
Along the journey what was important was celebrating the small victories. We didn’t let cancer stop us. Thandi got her Red & Green Christmas in February when she was well enough to enjoy it with loved ones. The countdown on the chemo sessions always made everyone see the light at the end of the tunnel. Before her last session of chemo, we went for a photo shoot to show this monster that it did not take anything from Thandi, not even her beauty. She remains beautiful inside and out. The pink satin sheet will always be a reminder of her victory.
Her doctor just recently confirmed that she is officially in remission. The best news ever! We decided to host a tea party to celebrate. Through prayer, love, care and support from her family and friends; Thandi has made it through what is possibly the hardest period in her life. Cancer can be beaten. The one good this about this experience is that it makes what is really real…real. God and love are real and that is the way to beat cancer.
Her name is Thandiwe, which means “loved”. She truly is loved. For her life, we are eternally thankful.”
The winner of the ‘Best Community Initiative’ category is… Kristi Kearns!
We were very impressed by how Kristi was able to co-ordinate such a large and successful event in memory of her mother, especially as she is still a young student. We value the resourcefulness she displayed by enlisting the help of those in her community such as family, friends and sponsors to pull off what looked like a truly fun afternoon tea party.
Here is Kristi’s story, with a few pictures from her event:
“Recently I read and reflected upon a quote on Facebook which said “A year ago everything was completely different” and this was so completely true for me. Almost a year ago I lost my mother to cancer, 15 years prior to which she was diagnosed with and survived stage 4 breast cancer. I then took the time to reflect upon both her life and mine and realised that while I am here I should be doing something about this disease. Having lost not only my mother but several other family members to it, I truly understand the importance of awareness.
When I saw this initiative, I thought to myself what better way for me, a 22-year-old student, to do my bit than by throwing a party. It was fantastic to see that I had 150 people aged 20 to 80 all in one room all standing for one cause. Even though the event was held in memory of my mother it was not a sombre affair and my amazing MC (Jarrad Ricketts) made sure of this, having the crowd up, dancing and even singing along with him.
The day was meant to encourage three things amongst my guests with my “Time for tea, time for me” theme, these being; take time out to relax, spoil and take care of yourself. I feel that this was achieved as each of my guests took the time out to look fabulous for the event, spoiled themselves by indulging in a sweet treat and were presented with some information which hopefully encourages them to take care of themselves.
The amazing support that I received from family and friends ensured that there was over enough food, while on a larger scale I was able to get a few sponsors involved so that I could give each of my guests a small bag of goodies in thanks. The afternoon in my opinion was filled with; food, family, friends, love, laughter and awareness.”
* Winners have been contacted directly.
** All three entries have been edited for ease of reading.
Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in this campaign. If you would like to donate to CANSA or view more of their initiatives, please visit their website.