On 26th October, the Parede locality group held a charity coffee morning in aid of breast cancer patients at Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital. Kindly hosted by Chris Rola at her home in Murtal, 32 members and guests attended, raising 420.50 euros for this worthy cause. The minimum 5 eur admission was supplemented by cake sales. In addition, 56 scarves were collected for cancer patients suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy. Some scarves had been donated by members unable to attend the coffee morning, as was a generous cash sum.
Volunteers had baked cakes and prepared savouries, with further responsibilities of admission and cake sales handled by members on the day. After attendees had chatted over refreshments, Chris provided some information about IWP’s association with breast cancer patients before she and Christine talked about their own experiences, albeit in the UK. Joceline then elaborated on the cancer therapy pioneered by Dr Simonton, whom she had heard speak. Finally, Monika shared her experience as a volunteer with APAMCM (Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Mulher com Cancro da Mama) where she provided alternative therapy through reiki treatment for five years until the authorities decided to employ staff.
Thanks must be expressed to Chris for her initiative and drive in bringing this most successful event to fruition, in addition to opening her home to over thirty guests. Subsequent emails within the Parede locality group praised the event organizers for their awareness-raising and those members who had spoken so openly about their experiences, whilst also providing reassurance about this illness. For further information about IWP visit the website: www.iwpportugal.org
Text & photos: Caroline Will