Arohanui ki a koutou katoa
2 WEEKS AGO
A message from Nan
With one woman stands a thousand
Witi Ihimaera - Quote from Women Far Walking
I have lost a lot of women in my family to cancer. Beautiful, charming, knowledgeable, strong, Māori leaders who should still be here. They should be passing knowledge on to their rangatahi, so it can be shared with the next generation. But none of them had time. Most of them died before they become grandmothers.
Mum died of cancer at 47, I was ten years old. At the time, I did not believe I would survive without her. This year I turned 48. I've passed passed mum and I'm on a mission - to miraculously break the cycle of cancer in my family.
I celebrated my 48th birthday in the hospital going through a major operation and preparing for another one the following week. After the first op, I felt so grateful I was alive, I couldn’t stop smiling. The second time I woke I felt relieved. I was humbled.
So much can be achieved with time. All of you who have messaged, donated, shared our Boosted page, wished me well - you are buying me time. Time to contribute to the career that I love and to share stories with generations of audiences throughout Aotearoa and the world.
Most importantly, this campaign has given me time to experience extraordinary kindness, generosity and love. It's been overwhelming. I worry that while I receive support, some people are hungry and homeless. I have friends who are prepared to put their homes on the line for me. Whānau going through their own struggles, without hesitation, have donated. I can’t help but feel vulnerable and humbled.
And now it’s time to thank you all. And for truly understanding how precious time is, and what I can do with it. I lost all my female mentors to cancer. My daughter never got to meet either of her grandmothers. What would life have been like if she’d had time with these amazing women?
With one woman stands a thousand. With every woman we lose to cancer, we lose generations of knowledge and nurturing.
Thank you for buying me time. Your gift will enable me to complete my projects and perhaps make more work. I also hope to live to an age where I might share my knowledge with my mokopuna.
I thank you, I love you and I will always be grateful. Arohanui ki a koutou katoa.
We have been blown away by the response, there is just so much love and respect for Nan. Thank you again. It's been wonderful to go over the target and more support is welcome.
The more we raise, the better quality of life we can provide for Nan. We may have been a little bit conservative with our target at first with regard to Nan's actual needs, but we felt shy about the huge ask. However, we have been overwhelmed by your generosity and the way our beautiful community has come together.
He mihi aroha, he mihi nui ki a koutou.