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!)
In addition, Ryk Neethling, South African swimming champion and Olympic gold medallist, donated autographed T-shirts towards this cause:
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.
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 Harrop’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!