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with Andrea Whatman, founder of Kidzcan
April 24, 2012
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interview with Andrea Whatman
yourself in five words.
Energetic, enthusiastic, committed, loves life, happy.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
If there is a will, there is a way.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I went dolphin viewing with my son and got seasick.
is your most treasured possession?
My faith (in God).
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
are some of your hobbies and interests?
Water colouring, scrap booking, gardening, music . . . Oh, and
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I have very curly hair, and I wish that my hair were straight, and
glossy and glamorous.
is your greatest extravagance?
do you have in your fridge?
Bacon, Gouda cheese, cream cheese, gherkins, diabetic strawberry
jam and salad.
is your greatest fear?
Getting Alzheimer's . . . because I've nursed my grandmother
through that, and I don't want to be like that.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
I would love to go on an elephant safari.
are your heroes in real life?
Mother Theresa and the doctors and nurses at Pari and Harare [hospitals]
and the kids that I work with. Honestly, they are unsung heroes.
and where were you happiest?
I'm happiest in my home, in the sun, in my garden, listening
to music, on my iPod.
is your biggest vice?
were you like at school?
I was a goody-goody. I loved school. I just loved being with people.
I loved learning. I loved the stimulation. Anything I could learn
I loved. I'm still like that. I still love learning.
are your goals for the next 5 years?
I would like [for Kidzcan] to be a 25 bed private unit that is an
area of paediatric oncology excellence, that admits any child and
gives them free chemotherapy, drugs and the highest level of medical
care that we could give. I want [us] to be an area of excellence
in Africa. We can do it! I know we can do it! I've already
looked at a house that looks like the place I want to [build]. You've
got to be able to visualize it and say that's the kind of
place. And then you start working on it.
What does International
Women's Day mean to you?
It's an acknowledgement of where women have come from; how
far they have come, and how far they can go.
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