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A mile to lessen the hurt

A mile to lessen the hurt

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Two Olympian athletes are taking to the water this year to dedicate their 2019 Midmar Mile swim for the benefit of the Teddy Bear Foundation.

Swimmer Natalie du Toit, Olympic gold medalist, together with Elvira Wood, who fenced for South Africa in Beijing along with their swimming team will don their swimming suits to support this cause.  

Bindi the Bear, who has done the 947 Cycling Challenge in 2018, will also wet her feet for first time when she joins the rest of Team Fortissimo's Arthur Blake, Armas Ferreira, Deon van Niekerk and Steph Cilliers.

The team will literally be going through deep water to help abused children...

It is a horrible reality that many children are being abused and don't have the psychological or legal support to stop the abusive cycle. The Teddy Bear Foundation provides the comprehensive service that these children so desperately need.  

The Foundation is totally reliant on the goodwill of others for funding to provide their services.

Please donate to this cause and along with Natalie, make a difference to lives!!

This swim is dedicated to a team member, Myles Sinclair, who passed away tragically in December. RIP.


  • Feb 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Liewers laat as nooit." - Johann & Loritha

  • Feb 07, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "See you at Midmar!" - Elke

  • Feb 06, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Remembering Myles and his passion for people. Miss you my friend." - Melanie Roid

  • Feb 04, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Go Bears!" - Barbara

  • Jan 25, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Supporting Deon Van Niekerk in this noble cause" - Kesegan Nair

  • Jan 23, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte. Dankie vir die harde werk." - Maggie Pringle

  • Jan 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "All the best Deon" - Mark Botha

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "In dankbaarheid vir baie seëninge - paying it forward." - Trudie Boverhoff

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Go team! May this be the first of a torrent." - Deon

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Donations to date

R 3 260.30

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

The Teddy Bear Foundation

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The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) originated in 1986 in response to an urgent need for medical examinations for sexually abused children. From there it has grown into a fully fledged service for abused children which includes: Forensic medical examinations, forensic assessments, counseling, psychological testing and more recently a diversion programme for youth sexual offenders. As an NGO, our concern is not only to support children and families affected by abuse but also to promote: “CHILD ABUSE NO MORE”.