LAST week Thursday, Choc supporters were treated to Deborah Kirsten’s inspiring story at the Choc Be Bold, Go Gold event, where more than R25000 was raised for the foundation.
Held at the East London Golf Club, the event saw former freelance journalist turned motivational speaker, Kirsten (pictured) share snippets of her autobiography, Chai Tea and Ginger Beer.
The book was first published in 2015 and explores the ups and downs of Kirsten’s life married to former South African cricketer and coach, Gary Kirsten.
“I am passionate about stories and motivating each and every one of you to have the courage to tell your stories authentically,” Kirsten said.
Speaking of bravery and boldness, Kirsten urged guests to embrace even the worst parts of their life stories by taking charge, and following their passions.
“Sometimes our lowest moments are the most poignant and life-changing moments in our lives. Embrace that, embrace the scars and the messiness of life,” Kirsten urged.
As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Choc relies solely on the donations and support of the public, making events such as this a vital part of their success.
Choc regional manager Debbie Kleinenberg said: “We are so grateful to Deborah for coming out and sharing her story with us and to everyone who bought a ticket to support us and this event. A special thank you also goes out to our staff and volunteers, we wouldn’t be Choc without you.”
Choc runs various programmes in support of state and private cancer patients and their families. The bulk of their work is done at the paediatric oncology ward at Frere Hospital.
Using and relating a wonderful set of anecdotes to relay her message, Kirsten delved into the good, the bad and the ugly parts of her life, taking meaning from each challenging chapter.
“We need to find something meaningful in the pain and have the courage to live our best stories,” Kirsten said.
A raffle and lucky draw saw 19 guests win an array of vouchers and prizes donated by the Beauty Clinic, Sculptures, the Dynamic Body Studio, and others.
A book-signing by Kirsten brought the event to a close.