Swim for Hope 2016 – Please Support!

Carina Swim for Hope 2015Swim For Hope around the Cape of Good Hope is an exclusive group swim attempt around Cape Point to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s Bag of Hope project. This will be the 4th Swim for Hope event and the 3rd Swim for Hope Group Event.

Carina Bruwer~Pugliese from the SAMA award-winning group Sterling EQ, who is also a Veteran Marathon Swimmer and active LFCT Supporter and Advocate, initiated Swim For Hope with a solo rounding in 2013, and decided to turn it into an invitational in order to increase fundraising potential.

Since then there have been two group swims, with fourteen swimmers participating in each of the 2014 and 2015 Group Swims. See more about the previous swims HERE and HERE. This year we aim to have 25 seasoned open water swimmers come together for this breathtaking swim.

This spectacular extreme 8km open-water swim starts from Diaz Beach on the western side of Cape Point and ends at Buffels Bay on the Eastern side, and takes swimmers through the point where the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet.


ALL funds raised will go to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s


Hope in a BagA 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.

Child Support Services / Netcare Unitas Hospital

netcare-bigHallo Mandie

Thank you so much for your visit. I am just sorry you got to meet so few children this time around, but that’s how it goes. I am very excited about the fact that you want to become involved with Netcare Unitas.

The Bags of Hope has been distributed to the other parents and patients and the parents was very grateful for it. One mother commented that it was the first time that they have received something practical and useful. Many donors just offload chocolates and sweets which is really not necessary or healthy.

Thank you for the wonderful work which Little Fighters Cancer Trust does. I don’t think it is only about the care bags, but the fact that you really care.

Lekker dag.

Carina Fourie
Child Support Services
Netcare Unitas Hospital

Read more testimonials here





Swim for Hope is classified by the Cape Long Distance Association (CLDSA) as an “Expert Level swim” and is recommended for experienced open water swimmers only. CLDSA officiates over the swim.

The swim is undertaken according to CLDSA’s rules:

  • Swimmers shall not be assisted by an artificial aid of any kind
  • Swimmers are permitted to grease themselves
  • Participants may wear goggles and one cap
  • Participants may wear one swimming costume which is Lycra (or other approved) Speedo type briefs for men and a Lycra (or other approved) Speedo type costume
  • Swimmers may not wear wetsuits or body suits
  • Participants must start and finish on land
  • No physical contact with the swimmer shall be made by any person during the swim, and the swimmer may not touch the boat
  • The minimum age for an official CLDSA swim is 12 years old on the day of the swim. Parental/Guardian approval is required for all swimmers under the age of 18 years on the day of the swim. (No minors will be considered for Swim for Hope)
  • The decision of the CLDSA Observer shall be binding


Published on Apr 15, 2015
Just a quick look at how to fly around Cape Point!
Brenton Williams, doing butterfly, and Kendal Wright doing freestyle, during Swim for Hope 2015

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports Children with Cancer and their Families.

In cases where there is no family support structure, such as in oncology wards in Children’s Homes and Places of Safety, we are often the only line of support which these young Cancer Fighters have.

Our approach to support is holistic – we do not just look at practical and financial support, but also concentrate hugely on emotional support, providing relief where needed in and out of hospital.

Join BigBayEvents and Swim for Hope in an epic 8km Cape Point Extreme Open Water Swim to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, to enable us to offer even more Support to Children with Cancer and their Families.

Swim for Hope 2016 will go on standby on March 12th, and Big Bay Events will make the final, 24 hour call on safe swimming conditions for the very first day possible after March 12th.



You can make donations to the Swim for Hope effort by donating directly via any of the following methods.


Banking Details

goldribbonACCOUNT NAME: Little Fighters Cancer Organization
BANK: First National Bank
BRANCH: Paarl Mall
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62277783249

Please email your proof of payment and personal message to lfct@littlefighters.org.za and if needed, request your Section 18A ta benefit and B-BEEE score documentation.

Please mark all EFT donations with “Swim for Hope”




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

Corporate sponsors can 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.

PLEASE HONOUR OUR AMAZINGLY BRAVE SWIMMERS BY SUPPORTING SWIM FOR HOPE! Each donation is worth gold. Feel free to include a special message to your swimmer(s) and/or LFCT.

*A big thank you to these offline donors:

Martin Vleggaar, Welgedacht Spar: R2000.00

Richard Child, Conbrako: R2000.00 Swimmer Entry Donation

Richard Child, Conbrako: R5000.00 “Really looking forward to seeing all of you and of course those beautiful cliffs.”

Samantha Whelpton: R2000.00  Swimmer Entry Donation


Name Comment Date Amount
Made in Africa FIlms Phil at Made in Africa Films Feb 24, 2016 R 1 275.00
Rocket FIlms Africa FDebbie Cornell @ Rocket Films Africa Feb 23, 2016 R 1 010.0


Swim for Hope 2016


Swim For Hope: www.swimforhope.co.za
Little Fighters Cancer Trust: www.littlefighters.org.za
Carina Bruwer: www.carina.co.za / www.sterlingeq.co.za


Swim for Hope: www.facebook.com/lfctswimforhope /www.twitter.com/lfctswimforhope
Little Fighters Cancer Trust:http:/www.facebook.com/Little.Fighters /www.twitter.com/LFCancerTrust
Carina Bruwer: www.facebook.com/carinabruwerofficial /www.facebook.com/sterlingeqofficial


For media information, photos and interview requests please contact:
Mandie Erasmus
Project Manager, Little Fighters Cancer Trust
Phone: +27 73 729 6155| Email: mandie@littlefighters.org.za


LFCT Heart Logo

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


Advocating and promoting Childhood Cancer Awareness



About LFCT

CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit Childhood Cancer support 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

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