On 22 October 2022, Nickey Seger (49), Owner of Curves Strubensvalley, her partner Grant Clack (60), and Leilani Kuter (48), Founder of Gender-based violence organisation, Yellow For Survivors, will be shaving their hair in support of the fight against breast cancer.
With a crowdfunding campaign launched on BackaBuddy, the trio hope to raise R50 000 to support Reach for Recovery (RFR), an autonomous non-profit organisation launched in the 1960s, that focuses on breast cancer support nationwide.
“Our organisation is built on a simple yet universal principle: that of one woman who has experienced breast cancer giving freely of her time and experience to assist and support another woman with breast cancer. Well-selected and trained volunteers, who each have experienced the breast cancer journey, render emotional care and practical support programmes to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families. ” – states their website.
Since the launch of the campaign, more than R4500 has been raised towards their target, which will be used to purchase prosthetics for ladies who have undergone a mastectomy, as well as specialised bras which hold the prosthesis in place.
“Every donation of R1000 will provide one lady who can’t afford this service with a prosthetic breast through Reach for Recovery, and help them regain their dignity and confidence after their harrowing battles with cancer.” – says Nickey
On how they feel about losing their hair, Leilani says:
“Shaving our hair is a small sacrifice that we hope will have a great impact. As a woman I can’t imagine the pain of losing my breasts, not for society, or the male gaze, but because they are so significant to my identity. I hope the public will support our campaign.” – says Leilani
Support this campaign on BackaBuddy: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/going-bald-by-choice-in-support-of-breast
Any Donations made to this campaign, are eligible for a Section 18A Certificate, issued by Reach for Recovery.
Since 2019, Leilani Kuter from Roodepoort, has raised over R380 000 on BackaBuddy, in the fight against gender-based violence, through dedicated walks totalling more than 3000 km.
In 2021, Nickey Seger from Roodekrans, ran a total distance of 295.4km, along with her partner, Grant Clack, to honour a decade-long promise to put a young girl through her final year of school. The extraordinary campaign raised over R 136 000 on BackaBuddy.
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