Celebrities with Soul! (Sports Memorabilia for Faces of Hope)

by Naomi on August 19, 2011

in Studio

Roger Federer and Pete Sampras autographed, framed sweatshirt

Pete Sampras is selective with his signature. It’s apparently rare to find an item signed by him, much less in combination with Roger Federer. Nevertheless, Kerrin Black managed this (all the way from South Africa), to help raise funds for Faces of Hope, the charity she founded for people with cancer. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for individuals who have a life threatening illness, specifically cancer, and desperately need financial assistance.

Closer to home, they were sponsored with a jersey signed by the whole Springbok team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. (BTW, good luck to our guys for this year’s challenge!)

Framed Springbok jersey autographed by 2007 Rugby World Cup Winners

In addition, Ryk Neethling, South African swimming champion and Olympic gold medallist, donated autographed T-shirts towards this cause:

Framed USN promo photo & Nike T-shirt autographed by Ryk Neethling

If you’d like to find out more about Ryk’s phenomenal story, then read his book, Chasing the Dream, in which he describes how his sister’s brave battle with brain cancer inspired him during some tough times. Learning about such young people struggling with this illness is truly sobering, and all the more reason to support Faces of Hope.

South African born artist Conor Mccreedy (who was co-incidentally at school with our nephews) is also supporting the Faces of Hope Foundation – as an international representative based in New York. He and Kerrin are planning to hold an art exhibition there next year, also in aid of the charity, so watch this space for news on that.

This all makes me think. Isn’t it magic to encounter celebrities with soul?

Here’s another: Maria Sharapova, golden girl of tennis. Her shoe is also on offer in aid of Faces of Hope.

Maria Sharapova's autographed tennis shoe

Close up of Maria Sharapova's autographed tennis shoe

What does any of this have to do with us? Well, you know how one thing leads to another. In my recent post Beware: Balloons Can Be Addictive, I shared feedback from Bill Harropโ€™s travel lunch where Dave bought 15 sky lanterns in support of Faces of Hope. When Kerrin dropped them off, we got chatting . . . and landed up doing some studio photography. It took creativity to eliminate reflections from the large, glass-filled frames, but we had fun doing it, as well as playing on our light table with Maria’s shoe, which will also be framed appropriately.

You can see more photo’s from this shoot in my Facebook album: CELEB MEMORABILIA. It’s been a pleasure contributing to this worthy cause, partly in memory of my dad, who passed away in December 1998 from pancreatic cancer – one of so many people affected by the disease.

Should you or someone you know be interested in any of these valuable celebrity memorabilia, then please contact Kerrin at Faces of Hope Foundation. She would love to hear from you!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy August 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

Well done on the photos, that backlit shoe shot is fantastic!


Naomi August 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Thanks, Cindy! I loved shooting this shoe ๐Ÿ˜€


JamieDedes August 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

A very worthy effort, Naomi. Bless you for supporting it and passing the word.

I’m sorry to learn of your dad’s illness and death, Naomi. Pancreatic cancer is one of the more tough ones. Sad to know you had to deal with this.

Blessings …


Naomi August 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Thank you, Jamie – much appreciated. We all have our trials, as I know you do too. My dad handled his illness really well, which made it much easier on the rest of us. Blessings back to you, xo


[email protected] August 20, 2011 at 3:38 am

Naomi – I didn’t know your father recently passed. I’m so sorry you have had to say goodbye to him. I also heard that pancreatic cancer is difficult…so bravo to your father for his grace. Big hug to you, Naomi.


[email protected] August 20, 2011 at 3:41 am

Oh Naomi…I need to slow down and read more carefully. 1998! Besides, when I met your mom, I knew she was a widow. My apologies.


Naomi August 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

Thank you for your kind thoughts anyway, Amy ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s quite amazing to think that it’s almost 2 years since we had lunch together in CT…what a great time! We’ll have to get together again one of these days!

JamieDedes September 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Some people as such heros. Even in the face of a trial like this, thinking of others. You come from good stock, Naomi, and it shows in the values you express here.

Blessings …


nrhatch August 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Yay! I love that “karma” is smiling on you . . . passion makes it happen. ๐Ÿ˜€


Naomi August 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thanks Nancy! Nothing like a little dose of good karma…namaste ๐Ÿ˜‰


Kate Shrewsday August 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Naomi, I am continually amazed at how you put good things out there into the ether and wonderful things happen. I am totally sincere when I say you are an inspiration: I’m so glad to have found your blog in my early blogging days.

I hope these beautifully shot items make an outrageously large amount of money for Faces Of Hope. I couldn’t think of a better cause.


Naomi August 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment, Kate. I really appreciate it, and am equally glad to have connected with you. In all sincerity, you too are an inspiration, and writing mentor par excellence! Thank you for that – as well as your fabulous wishes for Faces of Hope. MWAH!


sideview August 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Almost everyone has been affected by cancer one way or another. it is so good to see celebs who are willing to participate


Naomi August 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Couldn’t agree more, Sidey.


Tokeloshe August 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

Great photos !


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