We came together for the Inaugural “Celebration of Life” breakfast on 29th September 2023. Magnolia, at Erinvale Hotel and Spa hosted a gathering that warmed hearts, fostered gratitude, and honoured the remarkable work of Helderberg Hospice.
Our MC for the morning, the charismatic Karien Basson, author, journalist, presenter, and public speaker, set the tone for the event with her warmth and eloquence. Her presence was the perfect start to a day filled with inspiration and gratitude.
As we settled into our seats, we were graced by the wisdom and compassion of our guest speakers. Sr Thandi Silio, the Head of Nursing Services at Helderberg Hospice, shared the extraordinary impact Helderberg Hospice has on the lives of those in need. Her words painted a vivid picture of the dedication and love that the multi-discplinary teams bring to every individual they serve.
Elizabeth (Tessa) Biagio, the Founder & CEO of Lizential, touched our hearts with her personal story. She shared the journey of being a mother to a daughter who bravely fought a disease. Through the support of hospice, her daughter’s quality of life was greatly improved, allowing for precious moments of love and togetherness.
Kimlynn Temple, the Founder of Tipped, reminded us of the power of community and how, together, we can make a difference. Her words resonated deeply, igniting a spark of hope and a commitment.
And what would a celebration be without music? The talented Kian Klassen, a singer-guitarist and performer, serenaded us with his soulful melodies, adding a musical dimension to our morning that touched the deepest parts of our souls.
None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the event sponsors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Hyundai Somerset West, Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa (venue sponsor), Lourensford (MCC Sponsor), Woolworths Waterstone (Flower Sponsor), Lizential (Gift Sponsor), L-Gin Craft Gin (Auction Sponsor), Canella (Auction Sponsor) and Linda Gotlieb (Sponsored Artwork for Auction) and Salt Serenity Lifestyle Spa (Auction Sponsor). Your contributions made this event not just possible but truly magical!
Throughout the event, we were reminded of the profound impact that Helderberg Hospice has had on countless lives. We want to take a moment to acknowledge the unsung heroes of Helderberg Hospice – the dedicated team members who work tirelessly to care for those in need.
Special mention and heartfelt thanks go to Cherise Biagio Pereira and Wolf Kreft for their exceptional work in organizing and setting up this unforgettable event. Your dedication and attention to detail made every moment feel like a cherished memory.
In conclusion, the Inaugural Celebration of Life Breakfast was a testament to the power of community, compassion, and gratitude. It is through events like these that our community can come together to support our purpose to facilitate quality and alleviate suffering within our community so that people experience peace, comfort and dignity when it matters most.
Thank you to all who attended, supported, and contributed to this special occasion.