If you are one of those aspiring Comrades hopefuls, I suggest you seriously consider raising a few Rands and running in the name of a charity – there is no shortage of charities with the needs so diverse and widespread. In terms of Rainbows and Smiles, I can’t say it better than its founder, Bonni, whose message appears below:

Run Comrades in memory of children who lost their lives to cancer to assist those still fighting….

Comrades is a journey that starts every morning when we manage to flop over to the Regents run.  Of course, the massive highs and lows of running this ultimate human race can only be understood by a “runner” who has trained for the event and made it to the start line. The sounds of chariots of fire takes on a whole new meaning on Comrades morning.

I guess the reality that no matter if we cross the finish line or not, it won’t have an impact on the survival rates of childhood cancer but what will change is the quality of life of these darling children.  Many of them follow our race and wait for us to cross the finish line while they are attached to a chemo drip or recovering from radiation or surgery.  Mmmmm and we think Comrades is difficult…. It’s a Park run in comparison to a child’s determination to fight cancer. 

As a mother who lost her only son to brain cancer, doing sporting events gives me a sense of purpose, a reason to wake up and raise awareness for a disease that had no cure.  A cure for Jed’s type of brain cancer may not be realised in my life but I will stand strong and fight for other parents, who are so desperate to spend quality time with their children.  At the end of the day prolonging the lives of our children is often the only miracle we have.   

The Rainbows and Smiles crew are inviting you to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer by running 2016 comrades for these inspirational small humans.  The little voices in your head will keep you going when it gets difficult.

As a grieving parent there is NO greater gift you can give me than to mention my child’s name and to honour his memory is priceless.

To find out more about Running 89kays for 4 cancer kidz please contact Courtenay Riggien our Project Manager on 084 416 8825 or Courtenay.riggien@gmail.com.

To the amazing Regents family, 

Rainbows and Smiles would like to express our appreciation for your very generous donation of over  R18000.  Thank you all so much for generously donating towards supporting children in our community who are fighting cancer. 

The money donated by our running family has already been put to good use.  We have distributed food vouchers to our current families – this has made such an impact.  When cancer strikes a family often one of the breadwinners will stop working to care for the child, this means that the household budget is put under extreme strain. 

Some areas of focus for our foundation are: 

  • Groceries are distributed to families in need
  • Craft days at the hospitals 
  • Birthday parties arranged at the hospitals 
  • Toys and activity sets delivered each week
  • New decorations in the ward and treatment room upgrade 
  • Awareness talks at schools, SANBS and universities 
  • Funerals arranged for our precious children who have passed away 
  • Parents grief support and Super Sibs Program 

Our principles include creating hope, smiles and relief for families and caregivers of children with cancer. Rainbows and Smiles is a public benefit organisation in terms of section 30 of the income tax act.

We are grateful for your generosity, your trust, and most importantly your commitment to our mission.

On behalf of the Rainbows and Smiles team and the children fighting cancer, thank you for your charitable support.

Warm Regards
Denise Towell
Project Manager 

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