Posted by Erin Schwartz on October 11, 2010
South Africa has officially launched its first tribute wall!
After creating the Maximize Life Tribute Wall in the Littleton Public Library situated in Centurion towards the South of Pretoria, my worries that we might not have participants immediately faded as the library administration and community members came forward asking questions about the Global Cancer Awareness Campaign. Even before the "official" opening of the tribute wall there were already messages posted!
Excitement grew as the head of the library and I served cake to the staff and the public while sharing the purpose of the wall and inviting them to both participate and spread the message of awareness to friends and neighbors.
The tribute wall opened up a beautiful dialogue among library congregants. One lady, full of emotion, approached a member of the library staff and thanked her for the opportunity to be able to deliver her message and to provide someone with some encouragement. Throughout the morning the messages kept coming and soon the tribute wall started to fill-up. Adults and children alike were interested in making a difference. Members of the public approached me with their own stories of surviving and they, more than anyone, wanted to see a change.
The Maximize Life Tribute Wall proudly displayed at the entrance of the Littleton Public Library is an act of courage. It is the decision of the community send a message to every library visitor: Cancer affects people in South Africa, cancer is treatable and we all need access to the very best treatment.