Honouring Cher Manning
It is with great sadness that I write this post and truth be told it has taken me 24 hours to even be able to think lucidly… on Thursday morning the world lost a wonderful loving soul in the form of Cher Manning to cancer.
To those of you who do not know or remember who Cher was, she was the lady who, when she heard about the Little Fighters Cancer Trust jumped in feet first to help, and arranged for LFCT to be the 2015 beneficiary of the annual Mosaic Association of South Africa (MASA) Community Service Project. (Cher was the founding member of the Mosaic Association of South Africa and owner of Cherian Mosaics)
Thus the “Butterflies for Kids with Cancer” was born; a project through which MASA members created and donated 20x20cm mosaiced butterflies to be donated to and mounted in various Paediatric Oncology Wards across South Africa.
Members of MASA, their friends and family and even schoolchildren, worked for months on this project and eventually donated in excess of 500 beautiful colourful butterflies of various shapes and sizes from around the country (including 4 from New Zealand and 2 from Australia) to adorn the walls and brighten up the Paediatric Oncology Wards! Monetary donations from members also amounted to just over R16 500.
Cher took great joy in doing charity works and became one of our loyal supporters, doing whatever she could for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, and it was a great shock to us all when she was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.
Cher being Cher, she continued doing her good works, lived her life to the full and spread cheer wherever she went – she will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust would like to extend our deepest condolences to Cher’s partner Ian Whitfield, to her Friends & Family, to all members of MASA, as well as to members of her Alma Mater – Cher may be gone but she will definitely never be forgotten.