Ten years ago myself and my sons – Ruben and Lucas – started up the Green Times. How can I possibly witness the destruction of all our children’s futures and not do something? So this was for them. This year Ruben and I worked without funding and refused to give up. The sad story of our planet is too critical to drop now, rather we must dig in our heels and try even harder. Thank you Ruben.
But even worse came to pass this year. The saddest discovery was made that my Lucas has no kidney function left. His life is in grave and imminent danger. Right now. The past 8 months have been unreal as we embraced the shock and came to accept that his life is changed forever. This month we launched a fundraiser to make it possible for him to have a kidney transplant and get his life back. Please be so kind as to read our story below and help us make this possible.
Environmental causes of kidney failure are legion. This could have and can still happen to any of us. As our world becomes more toxic our filters become overworked and can give in. At any age we are all at risk. This is an epidemic not only in South African but worldwide.
We will contribute regular updates on our journey and share kidney information and education. How do we protect ourselves? What are the early signs? Let’s become informed and do what we can.
We consume our environment through our senses. Through what we inhale, smell, hear, eat, drink, apply to our skin. Even through what we read and consume via electronic devices. In the end we ARE our environment. As we destroy it we perish too. We are Nature. Not until we return to a humble place in the cycle of life will mankind thrive again.
Thank you for caring and sharing
Elma and Ruben
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