Carina’s Swim For Hope 15/06/14


Carina's Swim For Hope

Carina’s Swim For Hope

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Carina Bruwer, lead player of SAMA Award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ and record holding marathon swimmer, will take her Swim For Hope project to Europe this month, with two big Italian open water swimming crossings planned in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), a South African organization that supports children with cancer and their families.

Carina will be attempting a rare crossing of the Strait of Bonifacio (15km) between Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) on 15 June, which has only been officially achieved once before by a trio of British swimmers, after which on 20 June she will attempt an unprecedented 14km quadruple crossing of the Messina Straits between Sicily and Calabria which, if successful, will make her the first woman to cross this unpredictable stretch of ocean more than twice.

Carina was a household name in open water swimming circles across the world even before she became prominent as a musician. She competed in 7 countries between 2004 and 2006 winning numerous races, completing solo crossings such as the English Channel, Gibraltar Straits and False Bay; breaking nearly a dozen records (national and international), and enjoying significant national and international media coverage. In 2007 she founded instrumental pop group Sterling EQ which, under Carina’s guidance, became a headliner in the South African music industry, winning numerous awards and touring nationally and internationally.

These days, Carina swims on behalf of Little Fighters Cancer Trust to raise money for Childhood Cancer Awareness.

“Childhood cancer has a desperate effect on the whole family like no other cancer.  There are many people – especially sufferers themselves – rallying and doing amazing work for breast cancer and other chronic diseases, but children do not have the same voice nor the ability to spread awareness, making it incredibly challenging for childhood cancer fighters to get the message across and raise much needed funds.”, Carina said.  “Having two perfectly healthy children myself, I simply could not remain untouched by LFCT’s work and the cause, and making a small difference to them has made a big difference in my own life. In South Africa, the limited resources are shared between AIDS, Adult Cancers and diseases such as Tuberculosis and Malaria, with child cancer being in dire need of awareness campaigns and support structures.  I’m therefore hoping to create some international awareness and support through my European swims”. 

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Please show your support for Carina and for Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust by taking 3 minutes to make an easy donation @ JustGiving. Without the help of our supporters and their donations we would be unable to perform all the miracles that we do, which include:

Supporting Children with Cancer all over South Africa and their families via providing

  • Support to Individual Childhood Cancer affected Families
  • Support to Paediatric Oncology Hospital Wards
  • Support to Children with Cancer housed in Places of Safety

 AND

Advocating and promoting Childhood Cancer Awareness

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal

~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free ~

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 9 June, 2014, in Blog, Events, Fundraising, Swim for Hope and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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