Bengu's passion to help others lives on through sister Burcu
By Marion Stuart
A year ago the name of Bengu Shail was spreading across Northern Cyprus as a bone marrow match was sought to save her life. Many people signed up to register for the Bone Marrow Donor list, and it was Berke Ertopaloglu of Lapta Belediye who was largely responsible for events country wide to find that donor.
A donor was found eventually, but in the United States of America, and Bengu, the girl with the big smile and big heart who loved life, received her potential gift of life only to have it snatched away, as other medical problems kicked in.
Her gift to life was to make thousands more people aware of the need to find bone marrow donors and to find a cure for cancer. Since her death many have remembered her with deep love and affection and honoured her with fund raising events to keep her name and her hope for help for thousands of sufferers alive in the hearts of people the world over.
Recently Lapta municipality had a football match in her honour, and now her sister Burcu Shail who lives in London, is continuing to honour Bengu's name and also raise money.
Burcu explains what she is doing and why. "Ok on the 18th July at 1pm I'm doing a 12,000ft skydive from Headcorn in Maidstone. I'm doing it on the actual day of Bengu's one year passing. I've not done it before. It was just one of my wacky ways of raising awareness and honouring and continuing her legacy. The charity I'm doing it for is ACLT. They were one of the charities that helped to find Bengu a donor here in the U.K. They worked alongside another charity. They organised all the donor drives events and pushed the campaign in the U.K.
Bengu as you may know worked with a few charities one also being Leukemia cancer society too. Unfortunately I was unable to fundraise for all. So we wanted to mark Bengu's passing by honouring her in this way by every year doing something to raise money and awareness for each charity that helped her along her journey.
So next year myself or mum will do something for the Leukemia cancer society. And the year after, so on, so on. The skydive will be filmed in doing it alone along with a man instructor. So far I have raised £935.00 in sponsorship".
Burcu's story can be found on this link www.justgiving.com/burcuskydiving and she is thrilled to bits that with a fortnight to go, she has almost got to her target of £1000.l and she would LOVE to get more.
If anyone in the world wanted to help her achieve her goal and even excel it, she would be over the moon. Just go to the web site of Just Giving and you can give on line.
The DCA says 'Thank you'
The Dogankoy Community Association wishes to thank everyone who supported the recent Art Exhibition, where the two local artists Pam Schofield and Tulay Gurzap had displays of their work over a three day period in the restored church at Dogankoy, now managed by the association.
The weather was extremely hot and the number of visitors was less than hoped for, but the exhibition was enjoyed by those who attended, and it also raised awareness of the needs of the church for funding for further restoration and maintenance. It was in many ways unfortunate that the exhibition could not be held at any other time.
Paul Shirley was pleased to report that the sum of 120 tl was raised which will help towards the cost of the paint required to finish a task already begun.
Of those who attended, many were made more aware of the talents of the two artists, and also of the beauty of the setting. Paula Shirley and Incilay Fell both representing the DCA are happy to hear from anyone that would like to hire the church for a function - exhibition, concert, wedding or who would like to hear how they could help the DCA further their aims.
There are more exhibitions and proposed events to come, which either Paula or Incilay would be happy to share. The ladies can be reached on 0533 830 3256 and 0533 869 4462 respectively.