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11 Mar 2021

Twice a refugee, by Ron Holder – Book Club Evening – 11/03 – 19:00pm

When is this event:

Date: 11/03/2021
7:00 pm




Our charity, MDS UK Patient Support Group, is delighted to host a unique evening dedicated to author Ron Holder's book 'Twice a Refugee', which he finished writing before sadly passing away from a rarer form of blood cancer.

All audiences welcome, not just those connected to MDS.

Listen to these two excerpts of Ron Holder's "Twice a Refugee"

This 1st reading from Ron’s book describes his elation on the last day of his school life, after being in a boarding school since the age of 4 ½ years of age.

This 2nd reading is a very powerful account of just one of the atrocities that Ron witnessed during his escape from the Belgium Congo on his Lambretta. It also details that he could not save others, and was fearful for his own life. It was down to his prowess in Swahili and the local dialect of Kebembi which no doubt saved his life.

Chris Lawrence, who was instrumental in encouraging Ron to write his life story, will be presenting the book, and talking about Ron's incredible journey through life.

Chris Lawrence is a personal friend of Ron and Lin Holder. She was privileged to read the very first draft of Ron’s amazing story some years ago.

This real ‘life story’ is now captured for us all to enjoy in Twice a Refugee.

Chris was involved in proof reading and editing the book with Ron and Lin and is very enthusiastic about sharing Ron’s work, and legacy for MDS UK, with a much wider audience.

Chris is a Teacher Educator at Canterbury Christ Church University working with trainee teachers in special education in schools and colleges.

A very unique opportunity, which will hopefully entice many future readers.

MDS UK is the charity supporting patients and families diagnosed with the blood cancer Myelodysplastic Syndromes. As per Ron's wishes and his wife Lin's, the sale of every book will benefit the charity.

We hope you'll enjoy the evening, buy the book, and recommend it to many others.

When:    Thursday Mar 11, 19:00 pm
Where:   Virtual Zoom Call. Please register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdO-vqzsoHtP6NgMAsMn1OLEC1V2NO9Hm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Any queries about the evening, or to order the book, please email kentgroup@mdspatientsupport.org.uk


Thank you so much, MDS UK

“Twice A Refugee”, an extraordinary book by Ron Holder, tells his gripping, factual account of being a refugee twice in his life.

Ron was born to devout Christian missionary parents in China during WWII. The family fled the advancing Japanese army, arriving in India as refugees. Placed in a boarding school at age just 4 1/2 so his parents could continue their missionary work in China, his childhood became one of bitterness and resentment.

At just 15, Ron was taken to The Belgian Congo following his parents' religious devotion and commitment. 4 years of adventure, which culminated in The Congo's Independence and its descent into civil war, resulted in Ron becoming a refugee again.


MDS UK Patient Support Group Main Office
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0207 733 7558

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