Valli van Zijl Memorial

By Oscar van Zijl

I am fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

We are raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK for one main reason, we have seen first hand how brutal this disease is. First hand because our mum, Valli, was diagnosed in May 2019 and fought the disease tirelessly until she cruelly lost her battle. One in four people die within one month of being diagnosed, this is because Pancreatic cancer is incredibly difficult to diagnose and treat. 

 
We were always gonna do this run, however we decided to dedicate this race to our Mum and raise money to support others who are suffering and who will be diagnosed with the disease. Our mum always had a supportive family, incredible friends and first-class medical care, despite all of this, this journey was indescribably difficult. People who do not have the support that Valli enjoyed will be having a far more challenging experience. This money won't help our mum but will help others in the future, donate as much as you can. No matter how much this phrase is overused, every little does help. 
 
The Fox 60 is a brutally hard 60km Ultramarathon, along one of Surrey's least-known trails - "The Fox Way" on the 25th of April 2020. We will be running every step of the way together, as supporting each other, to quote Valli "makes my heart sing".
 
*Update 28/03/2020*
 
As we could have guessed the Fox 60 ultramarathon has been canceled due to Covid-19. We expected this and have had a contingency plan in place. If possible, we will run the race on the same route, on the same day.
 
If not possible we will run the same distance in and around Hackney on the same day.
 
Seb and Oscar van Zijl
 
 
 

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In memory of the very special Valli van Zijl

Valli van Zijl very sadly passed away in the early hours of Sunday the 5th July, having bravely fought this horrible disease for the last 13 months.

In her expression of wishes she stated that she did not want to have a funeral or a service of any kind. We encourage you to have a champagne cocktail in her honour as this is what we shall be doing.

Instead of the flowers that many people have generously offered to send we ask that you make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Thank you very much to everyone that has already donated to this cause, it meant a lot to Valli. We'd also like to thank every one that has sent messages of condolence in the last days, they have all been very touching.

vZ boys

Thank you to my Supporters

£1.02k

Forsters Charitable Trust

£515

Peter Tunstall-behrens

£415

Martin Gafinowitz

Proud of you guys. Love to all. The Gafs

£415

Kevin Glass

Good luck guys. Will be thinking of you and Valli.

£312

Glass Kids

Much love from the fam. Good luck to both you and Seb!

£250

Helen, Martin, Kate & Monty Xx

Good luck guys! Amazing challenge for a fantastic cause.

£208

Margaret Roberts

Well done Seb and Oscar!!!!

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Wfwsc

Valli would be so proud of you. We have made a donation in Valli's memory and to contribute to help find a cure for this cruel cancer.

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Bee And Charlie Winder

GO ON BOYS!!! You absolute superstars!!

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Anna & Gideon

Wishing you all the best on this worth endeavour

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Felicity

Well done to two amazing young lads who ran an ultramarathon for such a good cause, very proud of their achievement.

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Sacha

<3

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Hanka, Dave & Izzy Midgley

Good luck with the run! Thinking of you all! X

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Sebastian Van Zijl

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Alice Canning

Yes boys!!!! Good luck on your massive run. Sending love to you all and Valli. ❤️❤️❤️

£104

Sue Lee

Thinking of you all. Fantastic you have done so well. Please say hi to Valli from me & please send her my love xx

£104

Mary Walker

Well done to two amazing sons (with love from Jake’s Mum)

£104

Charlotte Cummins

All the very best from the Cummins Family.

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Elizabeth Meakins

You are amazing x

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Tony Spratt

Good luck lads! All the best from the whole Spratt family x

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The Shaws

Legends! We’ll be thinking of you on the day. John, Janet & Max

£104

Hannah Tunstall-behrens

Very best of luck!! Lots of love xxxx

£104

David Robinson

£104

Jo & Ian Ashby

Amazing achievement boys!!! We are totally in awe. Hope your feet aren’t too sore!

£104

Anonymous

Rest in peace Valli

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Matthew Swainston

£104

Mariana Goyos

Massively impressed, well done guys 👏🏼💪🏼

£104

Megan Horbury

Huge congratulations to you both!!! Absolutely incredible achievement for an amazing cause, so proud of you both - worth the pain! Love Megan & Jack

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Smita Edwards

£104

Amy

Good luck guys!

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Mark Luiz

£104

Oscar Van Zijl

£104

Gin Kipping

Thinking of you all and raising a glass...to Valli

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David Shaw

Best of luck out there chaps xx

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Carol Webber

What a wonderful thing to do together Seb and Oscar in honour of your special Mom! Good luck and run safely.....on the 25th there is also a memorial concert in aid of Johnny Clegg in Jhb.....we will keep you all in our hearts!

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Douglas Van Zijl

All the best for the run. I will be there to support you. You both make me very proud.

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Jan Buckingham

Good luck from the Bucks XX

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Matthew Briggs

Truly amazing stuff guys. You're gonna smash it.

£104

Robert Mowbray

Fantastic cause; brilliant effort. Good luck and try to enjoy it!!

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Melinda And Martin

Good luck! Looks to be lovely weather 😊

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Beccy Derry-evans

Tons of good luck and love, we know you’ll both smash it. Lots of Love X🏃🏻X 💪🏻X👍🏻X👏🏻X

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Anonymous

My man

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Amanda & Steve Glanvill

What a fantastic effort guys - both for your Mum and to raise money for such a great cause. Thinking of you today as you undertake this huge challenge! All the best to you and your Mum. Xx

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Kate And Mark

Wishing you all the luck guys! Proud of you both xx

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Nicole Borg

Dear Douglas, Seb and Oscar, There are no words that can console at a time like this but please know you are in our thoughts. Your efforts to help fight Pancreatic Cancer is incredible and will help so many people. Take care of each other. Warm wishes

£78

Catherine Hill

£78

“the Uncle From Africa“

£62.40

Nicolette Jones

Sorry to come so late to this. Donating in memory of your darling mother who is so much missed, and in celebration of how much she loved her boys.

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Dave Woodhouse

£1 per km from Dangerous Dave. Good luck tomorrow

£52

Oliver Graham

£52

James Lane

Best of luck Seb - Not all heroes wear capes x

£52

Catharine Cromack

£52

Judita Ubartaite

Go go Seb! You are amazing and you will smash it! Your mum is an extraordinary women, she gave two amazing man to the world! With love.

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Hugh Gibbs

Congratultions guys, absolutley killed it.

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Seb Casalotti

Smash it guys, love to all the family x

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Robin Cole

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Freddie Whitfield

Well done guys, great cause. Xx

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Paul Roberts

What a great effort Seb and Oscar. I hope you can manage to do the run and raise lots of money for such a deserving cause. Sending best wishes to you, your support team (Douglas I assume!) and of course Valli. .

£52

Shorna Khan

Well done guys. Sending lots of love for Douglas and Valli x

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Stefano & Supanya

Good luck to you all

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Tim Welchew

Best of luck - rather you both than me! A really worthy cause though and especially good effort to go ahead with everything going on.

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Adam Gnych

Love you boys. Give it your all xxx

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Sarah K

Good luck guys!

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Niall Durkan

£50

Oakley Elsom

Smash the run Oz and Seb!! Much love xxx

£50

Alice Darby

Good luck you heros. You continue to inspire and amaze me xxx

£50

Rosanna Gnych

Good luck. We’ll be thinking of you.

£50

Ananthan Raguraj

Good luck miner!

£50

Sue And Paul Shale

£50

Ronnie Graham

Best of luck from all at Ryder Architecture

£50

Chris & Sophie Ellwood

When we heard what you had done we were so impressed, well done to you both and for raising so much for such an important cause. You are both awesome.

£49.92

Mary Connock

Lots of love to you all as you embark on this incredible challenge for Mum. We are incredible proud of what you are doing.

£49.92

Helen Woodhouse

Keep on running!

£49.92

Ash O’riordan

£49.92

Lisa Ivanenok

Love to both of you.

£49.92

Charlotte Limb

Sending love and very best wishes to your family.

£49.92

Nick Jacob

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Ailish Healy

Best of luck boys. You will do your mum proud.

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Chris

Massive good luck x

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Andrew Cobden

Well done Seb and Oscar, amazing support. Really impressed that you will see this thru with what is going on around us. Keep training hard

£49.92

Katie White

Good luck running, you'll be fantastic. Give my love to your mum.

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Glen Bowker

Admire your determination to see this through. Good luck !

£49.92

Rose S

Massive challenge and a worthy cause! Good luck!

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Janet De Kretser

Love and strength to you and Seb on this journey for our darling Val - you are all in our thoughts. Sending much love, Janet xxxx

£49.92

Helen Shackelford

❤️❤️❤️❤️

£41.60

Jonathan & David Reynolds

From the Reynolds brothers to the Van Zijl brothers -- greatly honored to support you and this cause.

£41.60

Zoe

HUGE kudos to you both, you absolutely smashed it. What an incredible challenge -and for such a fantastic cause. Massive well done, you should be very proud of yourselves. xxx

£41.60

Rob Mcgeachie

Top work guys, good luck!

£41.60

Sarah Penney

Good luck!

£37.44

Zahava Lever

£36.40

Edward Laughton

£31.20

Caz Broadway

Go boys, what a great undertaking in honour of your wonderful mom!

£31.20

Jamed Noble

£31.20

Fiona Bawdon

Good luck to you both - and to your mum. This is a lovely thing to do in her honour. She must be incredibly proud of you.

£31.20

George/emily

Good luck you nutcase

£31.20

Athena Mogdam

Wonderful thing to do fo Valli and others in the same boat! Best of luck and thinking of you all!

£30.16

Lucy And Richard

In memory of Valli, your lovely mum

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Jon Dixon

Buena suerte amigos

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Therese Clausen Brock

£30

Erin Blackmore

£29.12

David & Mary Melvill

Oscar & Seb; Bravo. We will join Valli in the singing. And we will beat this particular bugger.

£27.04

Michael Melvill

Sort that fox out and do your mum and all of us proud.

£26

Tom Reynolds

£26

Alice Dainton

Well done mate, run your socks off! All the best to you and your family. See you soon, Alice. X

£26

Anne Jones

Well done Seb and Oscar!!

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Kim Hughes

Well done Seb and Oscar, it is remarkable what you have achieved for such a worthy cause. Kim Hughes (Seb's colleague)

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Matt Phillips

Absolute machines, great effort lads x

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Marc Brune

Have a good run guys

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Dylan Van Zijl

Awesome work guys!!

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Jules Powell

£26

Tom Alwyn

Brilliant cause and best of luck guys!

£26

Teddy Holdsworth

Good luck lads and a great cause.

£26

Nicole Borg

A monumental challenge! Good luck both!

£26

Lucy Green

Good Luck Seb and Oscar!

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Jods Harrison

Wow great effort - Congrats and love to your Mum

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Simon Schofield

£26

Garry Fish

Well done both!

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Henk Gelens

well done lads and give my love to your mum

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Barbara Hubbell

£26

Catherine Sims

£26

Emma Glanvill

Good luck Oz and Seb!! Go smash it - you are both amazing and such an incredible thing to do for a very special cause ❤️

£26

Zuzana

Good luck, Oscar! x

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Katie O'connor

Good luck with the run!

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Victoria Fish

Good luck to you both!

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Gwen Milligan

£26

Sam Woodhouse

£26

Caleb Bawdon

£26

Owen Ternowetsky

£26

Joe Light

Great cause mate, go well

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Mel Hoare

Such a good cause x

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Caroline Latta

Excellent guys. Well done. Xx

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Cameron Crichton

Conquer it boys!

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Innes Zeltmann

Good luck for your run and your fundraising, and lots of love to your mum xx

£26

Jack Holmes

Go on lads!! This is massive! Remember to pack your butter sachets for some vital energy

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Jack Skerritt

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Lindy Rodwell Van Hasselt

Oscar and Seb. You are champions. As is your mum. Love and Hugs.

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Tom Holmes

This is heroic. Best of luck boys, all the love to your mum and the family xxx

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Natalie Deacon

£26

Rachel Wyld

Hope you get a run in some form, good luck!

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Karen Broughton

A great cause thank you

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Martyn Morrish

Amazing effort boys - you will smash this. Proud of you.

£26

Nicola Moore-miller

Sorry I am late. Well Done

£26

Sarah-jane Muskett

Thinking of you all at this difficult time

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Marilyn Shorten

£25

Sharron Hilliard

Best of luck x

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Carol Chapman

What a worthy cause! Good luck, guys!

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Laura Guss-tarazona

💪🏼💥🔥🍻

£25

Jason

£25

Albert Linney

Smash it mate

£25

Rina

Amazing, well done!

£25

Anonymous

£25

Josh Morris

Congratulations, boys! Great effort. Sending love to the family and especially your mum. Definitely beer time when COVID is over.

£20.80

Issi Rennocks

£20.80

Cassie Panreli

£20.80

Saskia Armitage

£20.80

Libby Jones

Good luck and well done Seb and Oscar!!

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Conor Caplan

👊

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John Howarth

£20.80

Jack Beeston

Good luck to you both!

£20.80

Joe Billany

Think you’ve earned this one.. great cause!

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Stephanie Berger

£20.80

Peter Cartwright

£20.80

Jenn Shaw

Well done Seb and Oscar, this is HUGE. Sending big love to your family x

£20.80

Falgun Patel

Good Luck Oscar!

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Calum Syrett

Fly like an eagle my man x

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Paul And Karen Ritchie

Good luck Oscar and team

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Meg Holder

Good luck guys xxx

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Alexi

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Elena Georgiou

Good luck boys! Thinking of your mum and family! Stay safe! Keep strong! Xxxxx

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Imogen Cromack

£15.60

Plehn

Great stuff, mate!

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Tom Watson

Well in mate, a great effort for a great cause!!

£15.60

Kezia Pugh

Good luck Oscar and Seb! You're gonna smash it x

£15.60

Conor Camisa

£15.60

Matt Khoo

Good luck mate - this is absolutely insane!

£15.60

Charlie Robinson

Amazing effort both physically and in how much you’ve managed to raise! I know you’ll be running past my flat at some point today so I’ll keep an eye out, much love xxxx

£15

Lewis Parkes

A rapid guy

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Anonymous

£10.40

Jo Cove

Good Luck! Xx

£10.40

Francesca Henry

Best of luck xx

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Raphael Detchev

Come on boys!!!

£10.40

Sadie Beckwith

Good Luck Oscar and Seb. Oscar you are an absolute beast to take this on x

£10.40

Gareth Davies

£10.40

Nathan Carter

£10.40

Tommy Toner

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Patrick Alwyn

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John Withington

Good luck and best wishes.

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Holly Bryant

£10.40

Karen Frame

£10.40

Hilary Powell

I 'm so sorry to hear about Valli. I hadn't been in touch with her for a few years and had just been thinking of sending a message as I cycled past the construction site in Stratford. She was a real supporter and champion of my work - open to ideas as I worked with the demolition companies on the site, commissioning a pop up book, supporting an exhibition and later getting into buildings with me to seek out bits of furniture for a pop up book production line. She was so energetic and bright and generous and someone who was such a positive force! Sending lots of love to you and so sorry she isn't here anymore.

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Eleanor Cox

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Rob Crossley

Amazing mate 🤙🏼🤙🏼

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Katrina Hyde

Good luck Oscar!

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Jack Burgess

Best of luck Oscar, smash it

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Amanda White

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Miriam Brady

Good luck guys! Lots of love x

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Jesse Obiri-yeboah

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Lynn Slattery

Good luck Seb and Oscar - you are both amazing xxx

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Ellie

£10

Kitty Harris

Best of luck!

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Anonymous

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Robert Ashby

£10

Chris Hobbs

Unbelievable stuff Oz, go well mate!

£10

Anonymous

"In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best" - Eric Liddell

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Laura Appleton

Congratulations. Unreal effort! From a friend of Issi.