I’ve been wanting to raise funds for Operation Smile South Africa for ages and I’ve finally got my act together. I have started running again and it is tough! I forgot how hard it is to get running fit but I have a great cause to motivate me. I’m dedicating my Two Oceans Half Marathon in Cape Town on 26 March 2016 to raising funds for Operation Smile and I would love your support.
1 in every 700 children in South Africa are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
Doctors agree that a cleft lip should ideally be repaired by the time a baby is three months old, and a cleft palate between 12 and 18 months. With limited access in developing countries like South Africa to the medical skills needed, early surgery is difficult to achieve.
It costs Operation Smile South Africa R5000 to conduct a safe 45 minute surgery on a child’s face. My aim is to raise R20 000 to cover four safe surgeries.
I’m appealing to the Two Oceans Marathon community to get involved – regardless of whether you are running, supporting or enjoying a cold beer at the Forries after-party. Even if you are based abroad and aren’t a runner, you can still support this worthy cause by making a donation.
If you are in Cape Town, South Africa this Easter weekend, please dedicate your Two Oceans participation to Operation Smile, collect sponsors and donate money so that we, together, can cover four surgeries which will save and change the lives of four families forever. I will be running the Two Oceans Half Marathon and would love your support. Please join the Facebook event here.
Every little bit helps so please donate and add your name as well.
The first 50 people to donate will receive bright yellow headbands to wear and show their support on race day.
Every child should be able to smile confidently so let’s make that happen. 🙂