THE CHAIRMAN’S CORNER
Greetings to all the workers and supporters of St Luke’s Hospice, False Bay.
Winter is around the corner but whatever the season our work load never diminishes.
A big thank you to all our staff – the professionals and the volunteers – for all they do to make us an efficient, caring and thriving Hospice.
Our greatest thanks go to our two sisters – Sister Jean and Sister Maria. Between them, they never handle fewer than 45 patients. False Bay Hospice covers a vast area from Marina da Gama to Lakeside and Noordhoek and all that is south of these suburbs. The profits from the Hospice Shop enables us to maintain a high standard of care for our patients. The fact that both sisters have cars, cell phones and i-pads helps enormously in the efficient handling of their demanding work. Our third staff member is Belinda, our ever-active social worker who spends one day a week in Grassy Park and the rest of the week here. St Luke’s, Kenilworth provides excellent backup for our staff. Two minds are so often better than one! Thank You!!
In June, Sister Maria will take a well-earned long leave and a nurse from head office in Kenilworth will be appointed to take care of our patients in her absence.
Our team of volunteers gives of their time to help our patients and their families. Firstly, our office ladies on duty at the Hospice Office in the grounds of the False Bay Hospital who answer the phones, give advice and hand out forms – all with a smile! There is a small team of drivers who will take patients to appointments when needed. When it comes to ambulance care we have great support from CMR in Fish Hoek. Our Caring Team liaises directly with patients and their families while the Bereavement Team is on hand to assist families when a loved one has died.
The backbone of Hospice in False Bay is our shop in Recreation Road. Every week, 11 teams of volunteers man the till, sort and price the goods that have been donated and display them on the shelves. Thank You!! All the hard work they put in enables us to pay our professional staff salaries, cover vehicle expenses, buy medication and medical supplies and pay for patient care when no medical aid is available. Without the shop, False Bay Hospice would be unable to provide the high level of care that exists. A final thank you must go to the generous people of the south who donate goods to sell.
Our second fund raiser is our Carol Service in December. Our grateful thanks to the SA Navy Band and all the organisers of that event.
Our terminal patients have outstanding care at St Luke’s, Kenilworth and at Living Hope in the Kommetjie Road. Bless You!!
My heartfelt thanks go to the Committee. Between us we represent all facets of our work and everyone goes the extra mile to ensure that patient care is our first priority.
Jill Sinclair – Chairman
“The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious,
ethical and spiritual traditions,
Calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.”
Charter for Compassion
An important date for your diary! The False Bay Hospice AGM will be held on Monday 18thAugust at 5.30 pm in the Minor Hall in Fish Hoek Civic Centre. There will be a speaker and drinks and snacks will be served.
A benefit concert for St Luke’s Hospice will be held in the City Hall on Sunday 8 June at 18h00. Austria’s Allschlaraffische Symphony Orchestra will be visiting South Africa for the first time. The orchestra was founded in Prague in 1859 and, today, it has over 60 members – all professional artists. Their repertoire consists of international classical music with an Austrian/German touch as well as many of their own compositions.
The Wynberg Rotary Club will assist in the organisation of the concert in Cape Town. The programme will include Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpets and Orchestra in E-flat-major and the ever-popular Emperor’s Waltz by Johann Strauss. Blaauwklippen vineyards will sponsor the complimentary glass of wine served by donation in the interval. Tickets cost R125 and are available from computicket – www.computicket.com
All proceeds from the concert will be donated to St Luke’s Hospice. Please support our generous European visitors who are making the visit to South Africa entirely at their own expense. It will be a memorable evening.
FRIDAY MORNING TALKS
St Luke’s Hospice Kenilworth will be hosting a succession of Friday talks to create awareness about Palliative care in the community and amongst health care workers.
Spirituality at end of life – 13 June 2014
Ethics at end of life (for health care professionals) – 20 June 2014
How to break bad news (for health care professionals) – 27 June 2014
Mindfulness – 4 July 2014
Pain: myths around morphine – 11 July 2014
Grief, loss and bereavement– 18 July 2014
The talks will be free to bona fide HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS but advance booking is essential.
9.30: Registration and coffee/ tea
Cost: R50.00 per person per session
Venue : St Luke’s Hospice
92 Harfield Road
RSVP Colette Turner 021 797 5335
DAVID SINCLAIR (13 June 1931 – 10 December 2013)
David Sinclair was a Christian gentleman….
The large number of people at his funeral showed the respect that many had for him. We knew him as a quiet, humble man who was always ready to help people in any way that he could sharing his words of wisdom.
He served our Hospice in various capacities sorting and pricing books for sale, serving on the Committee and supporting his wife, our Chairlady Jill.
In church he took on and fulfilled many duties quietly and efficiently.
He loved sport. In Fish Hoek he continued to play bowls and kept the greens in good condition. I enjoyed seeing him relaxed in his armchair watching the Rugby etc. on television.
This was a man who was evicted from his very successful farm in Zimbabwe with 48 hours’ notice. This after he had built it up, provided employment, housing and a school for his workers. But he was never bitter. So too, when he realised that his life expectancy was suddenly drastically shortened, he did not complain although he said that he still had many things to do.
He was a great family man. Through the wonder of Skype he was able to be in close contact with his family having a regular date with Grant in New Zealand every Sunday and with Roy in Zimbabwe and others in the USA.
David, thank you for sharing your life with us. “May you rest in peace and rise in glory.”
“Fear no more the heat of the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone and ta’en thy wages.
Cymbeline – Shakespeare
The old adage, “If you want something done, ask a busy person” aptly describes Wendy Baeta.
In 2005, together with her husband Luiz, Wendy relocated from Johannesburg to Fish Hoek. Together, they immediately offered their services to False Bay Hospice, sorting the books in the containers. Later Wendy worked in the office and as secretary to the committee.
Wendy’s greatest achievement was the setting up the Hospice Shop in Recreation Road which opened on the 15th February 2010. not only was she instrumental in finding suitable premises but the old container shops had to be closed down and volunteer workers recruited. Initially, the shop opened three days a week gradually increasing to five days a week and Saturday mornings.
After running the shop for four years with secure foundations in place, Wendy and Luiz decided that the time was right to move on and enjoy a well-earned retirement. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. We wish you both health and happiness for many years to come.
THE BOOK SHOP
The Book Shop within the Hospice Shop is now in the capable hands of Jean Patterson ex- Fish Hoek Librarian and Cheryl Verrijdt, retired teacher and passionate bibliophile.
There are books to suit every taste from modern fiction, history, cookery and crafts to books of maritime interest, coffee table books and children’s books. With the ever-escalating costs of books it is quite a surprise to discover an up-to-date paperback which has been read perhaps only once selling for R35.00. Book Club members should make the Hospice Book Shop their first port of call. Who knows what you will find? Here to whet your appetite are a couple of book reviews.
Singing The Life
The Story of A Family Living Within the Shadow of Cancer
In June 2005, Elizabeth Bryan was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer of the pancreas, which could possibly be due to the same abnormality in the gene that had caused the ovarian cancer and death of her sister Bunny and two episodes of breast cancer in her other sister Felicity.
Elizabeth Bryan was a medical doctor specialising in paediatrics. She was aware that her father was the carrier of the BRCA1 cancer gene and she had already taken radical steps to avoid the disease with a hysterectomy and double mastectomy. She decided to write a book which would enable the man in the street to have a better understanding of inherited cancers and the role of genetic testing.
She writes lucidly in terms the layman can understand as she explains recent developments in genetic testing and the vital role it will play in future. She charts the course of her illness without self- pity, rejoicing in the company of friends and family. A profoundly moving book.
The Fault In Our Stars
‘The Fault In Our Stars” is an unlikely best seller. You would not expect a novel dealing with terminal illness of two teenagers to achieve such success. In Hazel and Augustus, John Green has created two unforgettable characters. Both have cancer but they refuse to be defined by their disease. They have dreams – they want to be normal, to fall in love and to travel the world. It is a book that will make you both laugh and cry. Highly recommended.
On Friday 23rd May, fire once again swept through ‘Masi’ township in Fish Hoek destroying shacks and leaving 800 people destitute. As is customary when local tragedies occur, the Hospice will donate clothing, blankets and food to assist in the relief effort.
‘We urgently need to make compassion
A clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world.’
Charter For Compassion
MARIA THE WONDER-CYCLIST
Community sisters need to excel at multi-tasking, in general, but Maria van Maarseveen takes this a step (or a cycle pedal) further. This hard-working sister has added completing the Argus Cycle Tour as a fund-raising endeavor for St Luke’s Hospice to her day-to-day tasks as community sister in the False Bay area.
For three months prior to the race, Maria trained every weekend. As the race grew ever closer, Maria woke early to ride before work with her colleague Sharon Sutherland. The Argus is 109km long and fitness is vital.
Maria and Sharon rode in St Luke’s colours. In total, a team of 55 charity riders cycled to raise funds for the Hospice. Maria and Sharon added R4030 to the amount collected. 34500 people entered the race and Maria and Sharon were part of the 31046 finishers – we are very proud of them both!
Sister Jean Stavridis
DRAKENSTEIN PALLIATIVE HOSPICE
The Drakenstein Hospice has been serving the Drakenstein Community for 23 years. Their home-based care givers were first established ten years ago. Together, they positively impact on so many lives, presently over 900 per month. We send our best wishes to our sister organisation.
Desmond Tutu said: “To be, is to participate” and the Ubuntu philosophy accredits being human to belonging: “I am because we are”
GATE TO ENTER FALSE BAY HOSPITAL
As many of you know, the False Bay Hospice Office is located in the grounds of Fish Hoek Hospital. To visit the office one must pass through a manned gate. There should be no problem in gaining access if you wish to visit the Hospice. If there should be any difficulty the office phone no is 021 782 7696.
Other Phone Contact numbers:
Office: 021 782 7696
Fax: 021 782 7196
Shop: 021 782 4992