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Swim for Hope Fundraising ~ Almost There… Push! Push! Push! ;-)


sfh2016Good Day ALL! I feel like singing Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song this morning because we have had some human angels do donations overnight and our Swim for Hope fundraising effort has climbed quite a bit.

Donating to this worthy cause is your way of helping us to help more Children with Cancer by honouring the COURAGEOUS efforts of the 17 swimmers that took on the rough, icy seas of the Cape of Storms in the EPIC  8km Cape Point Rounding last Friday!

In actual fact, I think that is exactly what I WILL do… sing along with me now…

It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

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Swim for Hope Target Growing Closer ~ R15k to go!!


sfh2016Good Morning ALL, it is SO exciting to see the figures in our Swim for Hope fundraising effort climbing slowly day by day… we SO want to make our target this year so that more Little Fighters can be helped.

Donating to this worthy cause is your way of helping Children with Cancer by honouring the EPIC efforts of the 17 swimmers that took on the rough, icy seas of the Cape of Storms in the Extreme  8km Cape Point Rounding last Friday!

Just to get you a bit more motivated, here are some more details about the event and some photos so that you can see exactly what these heroes of ours had to face:

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Swim for Hope Fundraising Target in Sight!


Swim for Hope 2016Good Morning, Team Swim for Hope, Organisers, Supporters, Volunteers, Support Crews, Skippers, EMT guys and gals, Eco Crew, CLDSA, and everyone else. I trust that you have all had a great weekend and are well-rested and ready for the new week and all that it brings!

While we are still waiting for the official photos and hopefully some vids of Friday’s event, we would once again like to say thanks and well done to everyone involved ~ Awesome day, Awesome event, Awesome people!!

There is however one thing that is not yet quite awesome… almost there but not quite yet…

Come on, Folks, our fundraising target is in sight! We have had so many other records with Swim for Hope 2016 that we HAVE to have a record fundraising effort too!

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Swim for Hope 2016 a Supreme Success!


sfh2016logoSo, I know that I said that I would post only on Monday, but truth be told, I am SO in awe of these brave swimmers that I HAD to just do a quick post today.

Unfortunately due to some logistic problems I did not manage to be on the sea (will definitely be on the sea next year), but even standing on the shore to welcome our swimmers home was extremely exciting!

Seeing these pumped, tired, shivering bodies step out of the water after braving the elements in freezing waters and massive swells after being thrown around like corks by the ocean was a sight to behold!

After seeing what these swimmers go through, I have nothing but respect for them and say Bravo! to each and every swimmer that took part in Swim for Hope 2016 – you are all AWESOME!!

 

Swim for Hope 2016 Team

Team Swim for Hope 2016

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Today is Swim for Hope 2016 Day!!


swimfor hope 2016Well, the day has arrived and while you are reading this post our intrepid Swim for Hope team is most probably already in the water battling the rough seas and freezing temperatures in their epic swim around Cape Point.

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. 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.

 

Swim for Hope swimmer

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Tomorrow is SfH Day!!!


swimfor hope 2016Tomorrow is Swim for Hope Day! The crew and the swimmers will be up bright and early and ready to face a long day (which begins at about 4-30 am) and a fierce swim around Cape Point in freezing water that is between 12.5 and 16 degrees Celsius, which for those who don’t know, IS COLD, but in what we hope will be good sea conditions and not too windy.

I am extremely excited as I will be joining the team for the first time this year (no, not as a swimmer, but as an observer/helping hand/nogschlepper) so will be able to get a first-hand experience of the harsh sea conditions and the determination-in-action from our brave swimmers, which I will share with you in a post on Monday.

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.

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. Carina will not be taking part in Swim for Hope 2016 as she is expecting a bambino.

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.

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.

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Swim for Hope 2016 ~ Applications Now OPEN!


swimfor hope 2016Yes Folks, it is that time of the year again!

We are extremely excited to advise you that Swim for Hope 2016 applications are now OPEN!

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.

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.

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Little Fighters Cancer Trust ~ The Little Charity that DOES a LOT!!


 

TCP-Dividers0011While I often post articles about great things various people all across the globe do for Children with Cancer, and I also see many items in international and local news, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust does not get that much coverage, especially television or international coverage, yet it is an NGO that does ongoing AMAZING work on a NATIONAL scale!!

I am often stunned at the things that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust staff manage to do against enormous odds, with the help of loyal supporters and a few generous donors, and I for one am SO glad that I am associated with a cause that just plugs on in the background regardless of whether anyone notices or not… with NO government funding, NO offices, 3 staff members and NO resources of which to speak.

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Superwoman Carina Bruwer Pugliese at it Again


Carina's Swim For Hope

Carina’s Swim For Hope

Our Superwoman Open-Water Swimmer, Musician and Little Fighters Cancer Trust Ambassador is at it AGAIN!!

SWIMTHEISLAND ~ The Ultimate Open Water Swimming Event
10 – 11 OCTOBER 2015

Carina Bruwer Pugliese (with her band Sterling EQ in tow!) is once again in Italy, where Carina will be the celebrity guest and event endorsee, as she once again does a triple-the-distance (3 laps of the official 6km challenge distance),  open-water swim in aid of Child Cancer Awareness and to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust under the auspices of Swim for Hope.

swim-the-island-6km route

This is the Route that Carina will swim 3X

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Picnic in the Onco Paedi Ward


spreading-love1The work that we do is often heartbreaking, and listening to all the stories of the battles that our Little Fighters and their families are facing, sharing the news that another Little Fighter has earned his wings and constantly trying to source more funding to enable us to do what we do can be heartbreaking, frustrating and depressing… but then we get to do what we are here for… to make the lives of our Little Fighters a little bit easier… to show them some love… to give them some treats… and to put a smile on their faces, and it makes all the difficult times worthwhile as we remember why we do what we do…

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