Rachel’s Runners: Anushka Soma-Patel

Rachel’s Runners: Anushka Soma-Patel

Meet Anushka!     Name: Anushka Soma-Patel Age: 39 (almost 40 :)) Cape Town resident Anushka Soma-Patel is a business architect who loves to laugh, loves the outdoors, and most especially, loves her little 3-year-old. Anushka sat down to answer some of our questions and tell us a little more about herself. 5 days away, you can help her (and us!) reach her fundraising goal of R4 000 by donating on her GivenGain page. (more…)...
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Rachel’s Runners: Adhil Patel

Rachel’s Runners: Adhil Patel

Meet Adhil!   Name: Adhil Patel Age: 40 Born in Durban, Adhil moved to Cape Town for varsity and never went back. Can you blame him? We love Cape Town, too :) An Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) veteran, he is a market researcher in the brand and shopping area. Read on to find out more about Adhil, the reason he chose the Rachel Swart Fund, and more. We're honoured he's running on our behalf, and we're cheering him on for next weekend!   (more…)...
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Rachel’s Runners: Janina Hundenborn

Rachel’s Runners: Janina Hundenborn

Meet Janina! Name: Janina Hundenborn Age: 27 Originally from Germany, Janina has spent the last 4 years in Cape Town. A researcher in the Economics department at the University of Cape Town, her main interests include running, hiking and beaching. In other words, if she's active and outdoors, she's happy.  We sat down (errr...online) to ask Janina a few questions about the upcoming run, the reason she chose the Rachel Swart Fund, and more. We're so honoured that she has told us - and now you! - her story, and we're pulling for her out there on the 15th. (more…)...
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Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

In 2017, The Rachel Swart Fund is, once again, a registered charity for the "world's most beautiful marathon"! The 48th consecutive Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (56 km) takes place on 15 April 2017 starting on Main Road in Claremont. Runners wind their way along Cape Town's stunning coastline, around Chapman's Peak and through Hout Bay and Constantia Nek, finishing at University of Cape Town's sports fields. This year, the Rachel Swart Fund has 44 runners participating on our behalf. We do ask that our runners raise a minimum of R2 000 (R500.00 per entry with additional fundraising commitment of minimum R1 500.00), which can be donated directly to the Rachel Swart Fund by EFT or via our GivenGain platform. For more information about the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon - rules, requirements, etc. - check out their website or feel free to contact us for details! We look forward to seeing you out there!   ...
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Jeremy Hazell: A Profile

On 19 April 2014, Jeremy Hazell, 63, became the first person to complete the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) in his regular day wheelchair, fitted only with a third accessory wheel for improved steering and manoevreability. Jeremy completed the event in a time of 6h40m, finishing with 20 minutes to spare. An active outdoorsman and lover of the mountains, Jeremy became paralysed in a fall on Table Mountain in 1998. He has been a wheelchair user ever since. After 13 years of inactivity and declining health he was inspired by a Tim Noakes article on the now-famous LCHF (low-carbohydrate high-fat) / Banting diet to revitalise his health and start exercising seriously, losing 30 kg in the process. Fittingly the 56km Ultra Marathon route crisscrosses the Table Mountain chain where Jeremy challenged his nemesis. He says, "I am inspired by the many disabled people who live out the motto that they prefer to be known for what they can do rather than...
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Head of Department Florian Da Silva receives motorised wheelchair

Florian Da Silva lives and works in KwaZulu-Natal as a Head of Department (HOD) teacher. The main breadwinner in his home, he also supports his sister, who receives a disability grant, and her two children. After a bilateral above-the-knee amputation, Florian struggled to get to his classes on time in a manual wheelchair. Self-propelling between classrooms eight times per day exhausted him, and he found it difficult to recover in time to teach at the start of each period. Though he was independent and highly functional in a manual wheelchair, a motorised wheelchair would improve his effectiveness at work and help preserve his energy for teaching. Florian received a motorised wheelchair from the Rachel Swart Fund in June 2016. Now, he says he is no longer fatigued when he arrives to teach his classes and that all of his learners have been positively affected by the change. In a thank-you letter to the Rachel Swart Fund he wrote that he was...
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45 year-old Jayabalan Govender receives a replacement motorised wheelchair

Jayabalan (45) sustained a spinal cord injury, which resulted in quadriplegia, after a diving accident. Sitting in a wheelchair during the day is vital for his optimal chest function and independence, and in 2009, he was issued a motorised wheelchair by the Rachel Swart Fund. According to our supplier at CE Mobility in Durban, Jayabalan maintained his chair well; however, repairs were often required. When he was offered a job on a farm, which meant a considerable change in terrain, it became clear that he needed a wheelchair that was durable and suitable for rough surfaces. The Rachel Swart Fund provided a replacement wheelchair for Jayabalan in March 2016. In a thank-you letter he wrote after receiving the new device, he said, "Being disabled, I have to guard against creeping depression and insidious despondency. Continuously, we try to help ourselves because self-empowerment lends us dignity. Moreover, this new wheelchair will help me to continue projects and venture into new projects, further...
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Meet Quiniece!

7 year-old Quiniece Philander received a motorised wheelchair from the Rachel Swart Fund in February 2016. Born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a condition that affects her joints and restricts her movement, she was unable to walk, sit independently, or actively participate in day-to-day activities.  (more…)...
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