Chafing for Dreams
We are a group of about 40 friends belonging to Nantes Athletic Club (based in Bridgetown) & Itheko Sports Athletic Club (based in Rondebosch) who came up with the idea late last year of running a special 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half and Ultra Marathon in aid of a community-based service organisation.
We wanted to do this to show our appreciation for the community’s involvement in supporting road runners when we participate in road races – whether it is by cheering us on volunteering at water points or as marshals.
The OMTOM encourages runners to run for more than just ourselves, so we selected a local charitable organisation within our impoverished community with its scarce resources.
Front (left to right): Leon Hendricks. Yagyah Francis, Somaya du Toit, Shaheed Francis.
Middle (ltr): Zainub Eneran, Nadeema Galant, Soraya Stellenboom, Shireen Doutie, Zuleiga Francis, Siehaam Francis, Daphne Heeger, Ruschda Jassiem Abrahams, Kim Hendricks.
Back (ltr): Ragiema Sambo, Amorett Truebody, Rydeen Doutie, Seddique Orrie, Armien Carelse.
Before embarking on this project, most of us had already been involved in various community projects through our participation as amateur runners, e.g.
- a Toy Run for the patients at Red Cross Children’s Memorial Hospital in 2012;
- donating over 200 gifts to the staff and mothers and their babies at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2013;
- handing over more than 150 beautifully wrapped gifts to the staff and patients at the medical wards at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2014.
We had these two hospitals as our beneficiaries because our training routes were either on or next to their premises. This was a token of our appreciation to them and their service to the community.
Before we selected the beneficiary of our charity initiative for 2015, we decided on a name for our group of running friends.
After much discussion we decided on “Chafing for Dreams”.
It actually has a two-fold significance for us. We chose “chafing” because most of us only started with road running a year or two ago, and is still getting used to managing all the pains, aches, discomfort and rashes on certain body parts! So, while running our races cause some chafing and physical discomfort, we are prepared to “suffer” for a worthy cause!
Furthermore, we added the word “dreams”, because with limited resources many community organisations find it difficult to realise their dreams or achieve items on their wish lists. By running for a worthy cause, we can assist a community-based organisation in realising some of their dreams.
Yes, we will be chafing for the community’s dreams. Eina!
(BUT – you don’t only have to run… One of our group members, Rashied Isaacs, the Photographer of the Year 2014, also recently exhibited some of his photos at the Turfhall Softball Stadium. All the proceeds of this exhibition is in aid of Chafing for Dreams.)
We put forward proposals of local service organisations that desperately needed financial assistance. Together, we decided on Sherwood Park Special Care Centre, after their chairperson made a passionate submission to our committee.
But before making the final decision to have this centre as a beneficiary, we visted the centre and listened to a thorough motivation by the school principal of this special care centre.
We were quite impressed with what this special care centre is currently doing for kids suffering from severe mental disorders, and how they care for these kids – often forgotten by society - with so much care, love and dignity.
This centre is doing admirable work with their mentally challenged learners, and according to their strategic management plan they have so many dreams for this centre.
Our group will participate in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday, 4 April 2015, and we appeal to members of the community to assist our project by sponsoring at least R50 or each completed kilometre, OR to make a donation to Chafing for Dreams.
All our group members have received donation lists, and we are relying on friends, families and the broader community to support us in being sponsored for every kilometre of the Half and Ultra Marathon.
The idea is not to compete against other runners on race day – or to even chase a PB – but so complete the Two Oceans Marathon and use the donations we received to buy essential equipment for the learners at Sherwood Park Special Care Centre.
We cannot say it enough: This is an organisation that needs the community’s support.
Our goal is to raise at least R50 000, and every small donation helps.
By the way, some of the centre’s staff and learners will be cheering for us along the route. I you spot them, take some time to chat to the staff about the amazing work they do.
If you would like more information on the project, please contact Rashied Isaacs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Sherwood Park Special Care Centre, please visit www.sherwoodpark.org.za.
If you would like to make a donation, please do so to the following bank account:
Acc Name: Chafing for dreams
Acc No: 9304893875
Branch Code: 632005
We thank the community for always supporting us runners, and for helping us to help our community.
So far we have collected nearly R10 000, including a personal donation from Dr David Maralack, deputy-chairperson of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC. With your generous support, we CAN reach our goal of R50 000.