LEPHALALE — Ephy (Ephesia) Mathebula, one of the Top 25 finalists in the Schwarzkopf Professional Mrs South Africa as well as acting Chief Financial Officer at Lephalale Municipality, held a Cuppa for CANSA fundraising event on Saturday 18 June. Organising and hosting a fundraising event is part of her duties as a finalist.
Master of Ceremonies, Mahlatse Maakamela, started the event by saying that Ephy built an empire with the same stones that were thrown at her. “Bring the crown back home” she said.
Ephy welcomed everyone who attended the event that was held in the Mogol Club function hall and proudly announced that all the tickets had been sold.
She welcomed Magda Jacobs, a CANSA survivor who drove all the way from Zeerust to share her story on behalf of all cancer survivors. CANSA representatives, Faith Xoliswa Ndamse (nèe Gwedashe), (former Mrs SA finalist Top 10, 2014) and Kholofelo Chademanah (2nd princess Mrs SA 2014) also attended the event in support of Ephy and CANSA.
“As SA finalists, we have to hold an event like this and I am happy and privileged to be associated with CANSA. Riana Bronkhorst showed me that I am in the right place. We are here to raise funds for a good cause” Ephy said.
She sees herself as a queen with a purpose. After reading the book “A purpose driven life” written by Rick Warren, she asked herself why was she born and what was her purpose in life?
“Most of us struggle with who we are. Do I matter as a person? What is my place in life? Today this question will be answered. I actually found that my passion or calling is to guide girls and educate them against falling pregnant prematurely as I fell pregnant at a very young age and that experience was not pleasant at all. After my own experience I can cry when I meet a teenager who is pregnant. It bothers me and it became a cry of my heart to help these young women not to make the same mistake that I made. There and then I knew that this is my calling” Ephy continued.
Riana Bronkhorst, CANSA Limpopo Divisional Manager, explained to the guests what the representatives of CANSA do and that they are mainly dependant on voluntary workers who do not expect a salary for their work. “We cannot do anything without you, the people who open their hearts and wallets for those who suffer from cancer” she said.
Maakamela then requested financial contributions from the audience and the reaction from the guests was overwhelming.
Magda Jacobs shared the road that she walked before and after being diagnosed with brain cancer. She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21. “I went to my mom for comfort and strength but I was still very afraid. I asked myself where was God? I heard the voice of the Father who said He will be with me all the way. I had the right Man at my side”.
In 2013 she was chosen as Global Hero of Hope for Relay for Life by the American Cancer Association; giving her the chance to share her story of hope and making people aware of the wonderful work CANSA does for people that hear those feared words: “you have cancer”.
“Cancer can be beaten, I am a living proof of it and I will fight cancer to the end. You warm my heart Ephy and all of you, you have something wonderful going on here” she concluded.
Ephy thanked everbody who contributed to the success of the event and she also thanked her sponsors. She urged all the women to go on a journey of self-discovery and to start living a purpose driven life. “South Africa will be a better country to live in with people who are purpose driven.