Gold Event 2014 ~ Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!

I will do another post in the week once we have received more photos and I have gathered some other pertinent information, but for now I just want to do a quick personal post.


I was very privileged to attend the 4th Little Fighters Cancer Trust Gold Event on Friday night, and once again WOW!!!!! I attended the first event, missed the second and attended the third last year, but hands down Friday night’s event was the BEST EVER!!!

The 2014 Gold Event was held at Cassia Restaurant on one of Durbanville’s premiere wine estates, the Nitida Wine Estate, and it was AWESOME! From the drive down the beautiful tree-lined lane to the farm, to the warm welcome by parking guard, staff (champagne in hand) and LFCT members, to the beautiful scenery and venue, it was one event that I am glad I did not miss.


Cassia Restaurant @ Nitida Wine Estate

Cassia is an exquisite venue, sitting as it does alongside the water, and even the fact that it was rather chilly and bit windy Friday night did not detract from the magnificent surroundings and everyone grabbed every opportunity to get some fresh air and socialise a bit under the outside heater that was thoughtfully provided.

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Beautiful Decorations in the entrance

Upon entering the venue, guided by friendly staff all the way, one was immediately transported into another world by the wonderful sounds of flautist (and open-water swimming champ and advocate for LFCT) Carina Bruwer of Sterling EQ. Although this was the first time Sterling EQ could not entertain us due to prior arrangements, Carina graciously offered to do a solo, and what a great feeling of “coming home” that brought with it.


STUNNING Table Decor

After mingling and quaffing champagne (or in my case grape juice) for a while, the doors to the restaurant were opened and one could not help but hear all the oohs and aahs at the sight that awaited us as we entered the dining area….

White covered chairs surrounded a gold-clothed table set with gold servers, gold, blue and black sequined masks, and the most gorgeous cupcakes I have ever seen (lovingly crafted by our own little bundle of dynamite, Runner, LFCT Advocate and Baker Extraordinaire, Anna Jooste!)


Going GOLD for Childhood Cancer & the beautiful Cupcakes

Table lighting was provided compliments of candles in small glasses and exquisite tall glass vases filled with glass beads and adorned with white ostrich feathers. Each vase had a tiny battery operated light on the bottom that provided ambience lighting. Nobody would have realised that the lights were battery-operated though because everything was draped and artfully hidden under swathes of sheer blue silky fabric. Ambience ceiling lighting and a roaring fire completed the picture.


Jaryd performing his beautiful song “LIFE” which he donated to LFCT live just for us

Once we got over the wonder of being in such a fairy-tale venue, it was time for a speech or two and the starter, which was a delicious creamy mushroom and biltong soup. A few more speeches, some musical entertainment, and time for the main course which was THE most delectable, fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank that I have ever tasted, accompanied by veggies and cous cous.

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Mandie informing us about LFCT

Each table was also graced with a few bottles of Nitida wines, grape juice and champagne, compliments of Nitida. I fell in love with the Nitida Cabernet Sauvignon, which assailed my nostrils and mouth with the most delicious aromas and tastes of berries, nuts and more. Definitely going to look for it in my local offsales!

Personally, apart from the wonderful venue, food, wine, decor etc. it was also great to see some familiar faces and to meet some of those with whom I have to date only had a Facebook relationship. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many people who share my passion for Little Fighters Cancer Trust and all that they do, and who give so much, each in their own way, to helping make the public aware of Childhood Cancer and to support the work of LFCT.

As I said, I will do an “official” post in the week, complete with the “official” photos and more info on the evening, but for now I would just like to say:

Well Done Mandie, Tanya and Thomas!!! You guys really outdid yourself this year!!!


Thanks to Management and Staff at Cassia for a wonderful evening.


About LFCT

CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit Childhood Cancer support organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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