#TheCrew participated in this event not chasing Personal Best times, although we did beat last year’s time of 2h29 by 20 minutes – Yeah Us!!!!!
This Run was all about having fun and celebrating our achievements of the last year. Lace Up For Change’s first official event was the 2016 FNB CT12 One run where we pushed patients from the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in their wheelchairs through the race. Since then, we have officially registered as a Non Profit Organization, hosted out Official launch in February of this year and identified 2 beneficiary organisations for whom we are raising funds through various initiatives. Not to mention our monthly Boeber Runs that now feed on average 400 impoverished guests per event.
Our 2 beneficiaries for 2017 are Tygerberg Children’s Hospital (specifically the ICU beds project) and IHATA Shelter for abused women and children.
Tygerberg Children’s Hospital ICU beds: Tygerberg Children’s Hospital looks after approximately 25,000 children in the outpatients’ department and admits approximately 13,750 babies and children to its wards annually. Of these admissions 1000 babies and children are so severely ill or require such complicated surgery that they need admission to either the paediatric or neonatal intensive care unit.
TCH require 10 paediatric ICU beds, 5 paediatric high care beds and 5 neonatal high care beds. For the Department of Paediatrics to achieve their goal of delivering high standards of care to children from almost exclusively indigent families they will need to raise approximately R5 million. It is conservatively calculated that to activate 1 intensive care bed would cost R500,000. Each bed would need a ventilator, cardiac monitor, infusion pumps, specialised incubators and other specialised equipment.
The Ihata Shelter is on the Cape Flats of Cape Town. They mainly serve the local disadvantaged female community, where women are often poor, uneducated and sometimes illiterate.
Since inception in February 2006, the Shelter successfully assisted, clothed, counselled, empowered and sheltered over 511 residents (231 women of all races and religions and 280 young children aged newborn to twenty-years old), and counselled over 580 outside clients seeking assistance with domestic abuse/violence situations. They are in dire needs of funds to keep the shelter operational and continue to provide the vital services these vulnerable residents require.
Lace Up For Change would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters and sponsors for your commitment to our initiatives over the last year and look forward to your continued support in the years to come.