Project Flamingo which Michelle is involved with in South Africa.
“It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nighty but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post-mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could an interest in their appearance. That lipstick. started to give them back their humanity.”
Amabele Project Flamingo is committed to continue to improve the care of cancer patients in the public health care sector through our dedicated volunteers and directors. It is our prerogative to continue to assist and support an overwhelmed public health care system and to advocate on an ongoing basis for improved service delivery to ensure evidenced based and quality and humane cancer care for all South Africans.
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