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Project Flamingo makes history for Mandela Day 2023.

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Press Release, Cape Town, 6 July 2023 Project Flamingo, a South African breast cancer NGO dedicated to providing life-saving surgeries, is set to achieve a remarkable milestone in its organization's history. On Saturday 15 July 2023, they will attempt an unprecedented effort by performing their highest number of breast cancer surgeries in a single day.

This monumental endeavor, in support of Mandela Day, will take place at four public hospitals in the Western & Eastern Cape, impacting the lives of 27 individuals.

The success of this initiative is made possible by the generous donations of supporting funders, public donations, and the unwavering commitment of dedicated core teams of volunteer doctors and anesthetists. These individuals, together with nursing & operational staff, will team up to provide life-saving surgeries at Groote Schuur Hospital (Cape Town), George Hospital (George), Cecilia Makiwane Hospital (East London), and Livingstone Hospital (Gqeberha). Contributing their expertise and time will make a significant difference in the lives of South African breast cancer patients.

“We always stand in awe of the generosity and kindness that is so typical of South Africans. Give us a problem, and we will find a solution,” says Dr. Liana Roodt, Co-Founder & Director of this initiative.

“Project Flamingo is the ultimate example of what can be achieved if people share a common vision and goal - from highly qualified professionals offering their time and skill as volunteers to the ordinary citizen making a small monetary contribution, packing a pamper pack or even just telling our story. At Project Flamingo, the true spirit of Mandela Day is alive and well,” she said.

Project Flamingo's mission is to combat breast cancer by providing access to timely and essential surgical treatments for those who are on long waiting lists in the public health sector. By organizing this historic effort, they aim to raise awareness about breast cancer and emphasize the importance of early detection and intervention. This milestone also highlights the tremendous impact that collaborative efforts can achieve in the field of healthcare.

“Since the inception of this project in the Eastern Cape we have already seen the impact on the waiting times for our patients,” says Dr. Michael Brombacher, volunteer surgeon at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London. “Knowing that 27 patients will be operated on one day across the country by Project Flamingo and our volunteers fills me with hope for our healthcare system. It will be such a pleasure to once again see the look of relief and hope on our patients' faces on Saturday, knowing as well that relief will be shared by multiple patients across the country,” he said.

Throughout its existence since 2010, Project Flamingo has remained steadfast in its commitment to improving breast cancer outcomes in South Africa. By delivering holistic care, from life-saving surgeries to personal pamper packs, and directly strengthening the public health system by investing in essential infrastructure, the organization has saved and impacted thousands of lives. With the upcoming series of surgeries, Project Flamingo aims to continue its mission and further its impact on the local community.

Project Flamingo encourages individuals, organizations, and the general public to join hands in supporting their mission. By providing life-saving surgeries to those in need, together, we can make a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer.

For more information about Project Flamingo and how to support this cause, please visit the Donate page on

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