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with Val Maasdorp, Island Hospice
December 05, 2011
Full interview with Val Maasdorp - Read
yourself in five words
Energetic. Optimistic. Relaxed. Easy-going. Flexible
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
My husband told me to join Island
Hospice, 25 years ago. He said, go and volunteer. I'm
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I've done lots of silly things.
is your most treasured possession?
What I treasure the most is my family . . . my husband, my kids
and my dogs.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
I think that grief is just devastating. The loss of somebody to
whom you've been deeply attached is indescribable.
have any strange hobbies?
I'm not sure. I love to cook though.
is your greatest extravagance?
Money on travel to see my kids who live out of the country. Maybe
that's an extravagance? I don't think it's an
do you have in your fridge?
Yoghurt, salad, dog food, cheese, smoked salmon (whispering).
is your greatest fear?
I'm such an optimist. I assume this country is going to come
out of this phase with flying colours. So I don't even fear
it that it won't. I don't allow things to make me scared.
have you got in your pockets right now?
If I had pockets I would have my cell phone and lip-ice.
is your favourite journey?
I love going to Mana Pools, Inyanga. I love going into the bush.
are your heroes in real life?
I think the people I see. They're my heroes because they get
through the most incredible stuff and they're just ordinary,
regular people of the street. So, they're more my heroes than
Steve Jobs or any of those people.
and where were you happiest?
In the bush.
is your biggest vice?
were you like at school?
They told me that my tongue could go around the school twice.
are you doing next?
I'll be here at Island Hospice.
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