Farewell Marnie – go well

By Sallie Grayson. Filed in people and places history and info, project news  |  
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Marnie died on Sunday 12 May 2013.

Marnie (right) at home in Mapoch

Marnie (right) at home in Mapoch

Marnie was our local partner in Gauteng South Africa –

together with her husband Jeremy she worked closely with the

Ndbele community in Mapoch – she loved and was loved by that community. It  was a source of great sadness to her that her fight with cancer meant she had to stop working with us on the volunteer programme which supported the community that had become a second home to her.

We at people and places have great memories of working with Marnie – so here are a few – if you have a photo you would like to add to these please send it to sallie@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk – and we will add it to this post.

 

Marnie

Marnie

 

Bike mechanics assistant Marnie with Nigel

Bike mechanics assistant Marnie with Nigel

with Jeremy and her great friend Pastor Peter (right)

with Jeremy and her great friend Pastor Peter (right)

 

And these pics from Nigel

Marnie and Aayron

Marnie and Aayron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marnie with Nigel and Kristian

Marnie with Nigel and Kristian

Cheers Marnie!

Cheers Marnie!

 

 

Marnie proudly displaying elephant poo foundation cream! from Bruce

Marnie proudly displaying elephant poo foundation cream! from Bruce

5 Comments

  1. Comment by Sallie:

    read volunteer Sally Smith’s blog in rememberence of Marnie here http://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/a-death-a-good-life-and-inspirational-words/

  2. Comment by Sallie:

    this just received from Nigel – who volunteered in mapoch in 2007

    Marnie remembered

    I was privileged to spend some time with Marnie and Jeremy when I helped set up the bicycle project in the rural South African village of Mapoch.

    I arrived at Mapoch late in the evening after a long journey from England, Mapoch was supposed to be a quiet rural village but when I arrived the place was alive with music and noise, I later learnt that it was Marine’s birthday so it was no surprise that everyone was celebrating! She was loved in the village; you only had to see the joy on everyone’s face when she turned up.

    Marnie was without doubt the most amazing person I have ever met, boundless enthusiasm and joy, funny and inspirational and without doubt the reason I still volunteer. She once said to me “I work to earn a giving not to earn a living” how could you not admire someone who thought like that!

    In answer to my question why do we volunteer when it causes so much heartbreak on leaving a project she said

    “We do it because we know it makes a difference. I said goodbye to a group of teens in Soweto yesterday and there were many tears. I know we are making a difference when the volunteers cry (when they leave) …… it’s easy for the beneficiaries in the communities to cry with gratitude / appreciation… but to know that “donor” lives have been touched also gives me goose bumps too”

    I have many fond memories of Marnie from sitting next to her at the show Umojo which we saw in Jo`burg and nearly being deafened by her shouting and hollering at the show, and the drinking game of Springbok which she introduced us to after the show.

    I spent some time with other volunteers at Marnie and Jeremy’s home and they were both wonderful hosts, you weren`t treated as a volunteer but a friend.
    Marnie was very intelligent and I got the feeling when I first met here that she was weighing me up and figuring out who I was and what I was about! Hopefully I passed muster!

    Marnie was one of those few people who truly had charisma, when she was in a room you couldn’t fail to notice and the world will be a poorer place without her.

    I feel privileged to have spent time with you, may you rest in peace Marnie

    Nigel Pegler

  3. Comment by mybeautfulthings:

    Hello
    I’m just posting the link to my piece about Marnie again as the above one didn’t work for me
    http://wp.me/p1Ypl6-2sy
    Marnie will be much missed by all who knew her and especially by the community in Mapoch for whom she did so much.

  4. Comment by Sallie:

    Thanks Nigel for the new photos – Ive added them to my post

  5. Comment by Sallie:

    volunteer Bruce wrote this
    “What can I say that Nigel has not already said ? Marnie welcomed everyone into her home as if they were close relatives. Whilst I was at Mapoch there was some unrest in Johannesburg due to people from Zimbabwe coming into the country and local people feeling they were taking their jobs. Xzenophobia it was reported as, by the newspapers. Marnie & Jeremy had a lady from Zimbabwe working for them and one weekend when all the trouble was happening they put up this lady and about 6 of her family until it was safe for them to return home. I remember her concern over Elizabeths baby and the time they took her and the baby to the hospital for treatment, I remember too how she was concerned for Pastor Peter and his cancer, sadly we have now lost them both to this awful disease. I do know that Marnie will live on in the hearts of the people of Mapoch and those of the many volunteers who saw that wonderful smile. My sympathy goes to Jeremy and young Ayron and all her family. Attached are some of my favourite photographs of her, including one where she was ‘kissed by an elephant ‘ Rest in peace Marnie.” Bruce ive added your photo to my post above….its so Marnie!

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