Swim for Hope 2016 ~ Introducing a Very Special Participant

Swim for Hope 2016Today we would like to introduce you to a very special young swimmer that has joined the Swim for Hope 2016 team

Swim for Hope 2016 officially went on standby YESTERDAY, although with lousy weather conditions prevailing the swim will most probably not take place before the 19th March!

We still have some open spots, so if you would like to be considered for a spot on this amazing team, please send an email to info@swimforhope.co.za as soon as possible!

Swim 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.

A BAG OF HOPE provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside caregiver, 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.


Swim for Hope swimmer


Arafat Gatabazi

Arafat Gatabazi20 year-old Arafat Gatabazi is an avid sportsman, with an intriguing story…

Arafat fled from his homeland, The Congo, in October 2012, leaving behind his parents and two of his siblings, whom he suspects may have subsequently been murdered by the M23 troops.

Arriving in Cape Town a month later, Arafat and his two cousins, who fled with him, were eventually relocated to The Homestead, a registered non-profit organisation helping street children reconstruct their shattered lives.

In January 2013 Arafat, who had completed the equivalent of Grade 10 in a village school called Kakungulu in the Congo, was placed in Grade 11 at the City Mission School.

On Saturday 28 June 2014, Arafat – having only learned to swim a few months earlier through a swimming/upliftment program offered by the Homestead – completed the 7.5km swim from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand, wearing only a standard swimsuit, swimming cap and goggles, in accordance with FINA open-water swimming rules.

Arafat, who had made his first attempt at this iconic open water swim two months earlier andwas pulled out of the water with hypothermia just over 1km out from Blouberg in that attempt, completed the July crossing in a time of 3h33 – in water temperatures ranging between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius.

Arafat’s crossing was not only a feat of extreme cold-water long-distance swimming, but the culmination of a journey of hope and a fitting symbol of personal triumph over adversity for a young man who was forced to leave the life he knew by fleeing for his life from the Congo two years earlier.

Arafat successfully completed matric in 2014, and in 2015 he completing a bridging course in IT, with the hope of studying IT at university level in the future.

He is currently doing an internship while hoping for a space to become available at CPUT.

Please join us in welcoming this extraordinary young man to the Swim for Hope 2016 Team!




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


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.

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 went 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.



We have already received great feedback from swimmers as well as the media, and due to the nature of a Cape Point swim, we have limited #SwimForHope2016 entries available, so get your entry in early!

Please email  info@swimforhope for an application form and be a part of the greatest extreme swim along the South Africa coast, and and arguably, the World, and make a difference in the lives of Children who Fight Cancer!

We have an AWESOME Team on board this year: BigBayEvents, Comply360, NCC Environmental Services, TYR South Africa



Payment to be done only once swimmer’s applications has been approved by Event Management.

Once your application has been confirmed by email, feel free to contact:

Derrick Frazer (derrick@bigbayevents.co.za) for swim related queries or

Mandie Erasmus (info@swimforhope.co.za ) should you have any questions pertaining to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust or your tax benefits concerning your entry fee.




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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