Swim for Hope 2015


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It is getting close to that time of the year again ~ when our wonderful intrepid swimmers brave the icy cold waters, sharks, tides, weather conditions and bluebottles as they swim around Cape Point to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness and Funds for Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

Carina Bruwer~ Pugliese from the SAMA award-winning group Sterling EQ, initiated Swim For Hope with a solo rounding in 2013, and decided to turn it into an invitational in order to increase fundraising potential.

Fourteen swimmers took part in the 8km group swim around the iconic and breathtaking Cape Point in Swim for Hope 2014  during which both the male and female records for the route were broken. We hope to have even more swimmers this year!

The swim is carried out in accordance with Open Water and English Channel swimming rules: only a single swimsuit (no wetsuit), cap and goggles may be worn, and swimmers have to start and end on land without ever making physical contact with any members of the support crew or the boat.

Swim for Hope 2015 will again take place sometime in March, weather permitting. We will keep you updated as to when we go on standby for the swim.

We have been working quietly in the wings to get Swim for Hope 2015 up and running!

Swimmer registration will be launched this coming week!

In the meanwhile though, we are starting our fundraising effort for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, as every day over the next two months needs to count.

You can support #SwimForHope2015 by SMSing SWIM to 40770, to make a R20 donation (R20 per sms).

100% of the proceeds from this SMS line will be paid over directly to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

Corporates as well as members of the public are encouraged to sponsor and donate, via “BackaBuddy”.

Corporate sponsors can also contact Little Fighters Cancer Trust directly on 073 729 6155 or mandie@littlefighters.org.za for organisational information such as taxation and BEE benefits, as the organisation is a registered NPO with PBO status.

All moneys raised will go towards the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s BAGS OF HOPE Project. A bag of hope provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside care-giver, with items such as toiletries, pyjamas, non-perishable food, educational toys, blankets and sanitary products, making a challenging and prolonged hospital stay just a bit more comfortable. LFCT is operational in 11 main paediatric oncology treatment centres throughout South Africa, including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State.

 

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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 4 February, 2015, in Blog, Events, Swim for Hope and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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