We’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, as its an important part of our heart at Schoone Oordt Country House. Not only do we care about the environment, sourcing local and ethical products, but we also care about people… Last year we supported two major causes (as well as a few little ones). The one was Action Against Hunger’s ‘Too Many Critics’ event and the other, an especially personal one, was the Breast Cancer Care Show in the UK.
We met Sue Stannard in 2003 when we bought this grand old house in Swellendam and became very good friends over the years of planning, renovating and building. Sue and her husband, Phil, are ‘swallows’ (spending summer months in England and South Africa). Around the time that our little Swellendam country hotel was getting busier and we could do with a spare pair of hands, Sue was at a bit of a loss with what to do with her time. She’d just undergone rigorous and traumatic chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and targetted hormonal therapy for breast cancer and was unable to play the sports or exercise as she used to. She began to assist us with chatting, hosting guests and sometimes even waitressing over busy days, a bit of a step away from her corporate work as a lawyer, but fulfilling and very enjoyable nonetheless.
When Sue applied to be a model for the Breast Cancer Care Show in the UK, we offered to assist with her fundraising and offered a luxurious stay at Schoone Oordt, that became the beginning of a fabulous South African holiday with generous stays offered by the Inspirational Places properties (including flights secured by the charity) to be auctioned at the show. The charity holds a huge gala fund-raising event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London at the start of October every year, to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After a champagne reception, gala dinner and entertainment, the highlight of The Show is a catwalk parade by 24 models all of whom are current or former breast cancer patients, and this is followed by a fund-raising auction. Sue looking absolutely radiant here.
We must thank Alison and Rudi from our spectacular Inspirational Places portfolio of properties for assisting us with organising the accommodation (and extras!) donations. Also huge thanks to these stunning properties:
Manna Bay, Kensington Place, Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa, Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, Kichaka Private Game Lodge, The Residence, Walkersons Hotel & Spa and last, but not least the amazing Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge
Sue has just left Swellendam again to go home for the summer (our winter), so we say a fond farewell and look forward to her kind assistance again on her return in November!
If you would like to show your support for Sue and her breast cancer care fundraising efforts, then please follow this link