Lucinda van Wyk or Cindy to her friends and family is an unconventionalist if there is such a word! She started her working career as a Criminal Law attorney.
After spending seven (7) years battling court room dramas she exchanged her robe for a corporate suit and spent the next seventeen (17) years managing a blue-chip IT portfolio within the Information Technology sector.
In 2014 her passion for storytelling and wanderlust saw her shake off the Jozi dust from her feet and spread her wings all the way to Santa Monica in the United States. Again, she defied the stifling societal rules and became a student at the age of forty-four (44) majoring in script and screenplay writing as well as drama.
During her tenure in the United States she worked on a movie set as set photographer with a number of Hollywood A list actors like Catherine Bell (JAG), Lou Ferrigno (The original Incredible Hulk), Judd Nelson(The Breakfast Club) and Verne Troyer(Austin Powers, Harry Potter and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). The rhythm and heartbeat of her beloved Africa called her home and she returned to South Africa in the same year to write stories and screenplays about Africa, the proliferation of rhino poaching and wildlife trafficking. Then, what many would describe as a disaster struck.
She was diagnosed with early stage two breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Despite the cancer and the toll, it took on her body, she completed her first screenplay – Dandelion Dream in 2015. In 2017 she wrote an Afrikaans screenplay called Blouwyn, which is currently in post-production.
Cindy holds a master’s degree in law with specialisation in International Law. She is both an attorney and a notary public although not practicing. She holds several certifications within the disciplines of project management, executive account management, advanced negotiation skills and business development. On the creative side she is a photographer, writer and filmmaker.
She is an athlete for cause, an environmentalist, a motivational speaker and a candidate SanParks honorary ranger. As a recent recipient of an I am resilient award it is easy to see why the words impossible and giving up do not exist in her vocabulary.
One of her hallmark characteristics is servant leadership, and she is passionate about serving her local community, the church as the body of Christ, the planet and those who are less fortunate. To this end she will embark on a gruelling 12 000 km journey on a bicycle called Milkshake from Cairo to Cape Town in 2020. The purpose of the Pink Planet Project is to:
- Spread the gospel
- Raise funds for Pinkdrive for a new mobile mammography unit
- Create awareness around global environmental and conservation issues
- Educate and teach women in Africa about breast cancer
- Leave footprints of hope through every country she travels
According to Cindy impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to exist in a world they have been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact, it’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration, it’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. Impossible is a challenge and a journey to self-discovery.
Her view is that surviving breast cancer is not impossible, it’s a dare. She encourages women to embrace the inner beauty of their souls and let the scars be a reminder of the journey travelled and the victory of being an overcomer. Being called a SURVIVOR is an honour and not a label. Being a SURVIVOR means she did the impossible and beat cancer. Being a SURVIVOR means she never gave up hope. As a SURVIVOR it is her mission to leave footprints of hope in everything she does.