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Christine Swims for SABMR!

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Between the 5th and 9th of April, twenty-nine-year-old, Christine Roos – a passionate swimmer and philanthropist from Benoni – will brave the cold Atlantic in a 7,4km swim from Robben Island to Big Bay to raise R50 000 for the SA Bone Marrow Registry.

Roos will be accompanied by long-time friend, Chalana Skinner for moral support. A five-day window period has been allocated to allow for the swim to be done in safe weather conditions. 

The historic Robben Island crossing, dubbed the “Island Escape” is described as “gruelling” by elite open-water swimmers, but this has not deterred Roos, who is a novice swimmer.


She says the challenge is nothing compared to suffering from a life-threatening blood disorder and not being able to afford the treatment.

“The swim is but three or so hours of my life compared to many hours, months or even years that patients suffer from blood-related cancers and often a transplant is their only hope of survival. As a registered stem cell donor, I’ve made it my mission to spread awareness of the life-saving work that the SABMR does and the difference every one of us can make by becoming a donor – be it via word of mouth or pushing myself to the limits.”

Roos signed up as a bone marrow donor at a registration drive in Gauteng some two years ago and has been an advocate for bone marrow donation ever since. The same year she also participated in the 947 Cycle Challenge as part of a team of cyclists, where R150 000 was raised for the registry.

The money raised from Roos’ BackaBuddy Champion page will go towards the SABMR’s Patient Assistance Programme, which provides financial assistance to families who cannot afford the cost of finding a suitable donor.

Roos has been training for months in preparation for the swim and hopes that the public will support her cause.

“I know that times are tough, but I’m asking each and every one of you to give what you can. Even if it’s just a little bit, it all contributes to saving someone’s life.”

If you are not able to donate financially, please consider registering as a bone marrow donor via or do your bit by spreading awareness by sharing the SABMR’s social media content on @sabonemreg via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



  • Apr 13, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "

    Well done

    " - Andy

  • Apr 10, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Accomplishing great things, well done Christine!" - Toby&Isabella

  • Apr 10, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Superstar!" - Teresa

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck with the swim and may God bless you." - Anne Wise

  • Apr 08, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    You are amazing !!!

    " - Shelly Vercueil

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Well done on the swim! Keep being the good person you are!" - Lols and Dant

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You can do it Chrissie. Super Proud" - Adele Steyn

  • Apr 07, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Good luck! Good cause." - Delana Fourie & Sarie Botha

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done and good luck " - Colleen Pike

  • Apr 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Goodluck" - Karphil

  • Apr 02, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for highlighting a great cause! Good luck!" - LaraN

  • Apr 01, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck, enjoy it!" - Harryb

  • Apr 01, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You got this " - Tracy

  • Mar 28, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Great cause!" - Rudolf

  • Mar 25, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    My cuzzzzz!

    " - Rob Appleton

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Chrissy. Flat taps" - Matt

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Go get em champ" - Travis

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "In a world where you can be anything, be kind! " - Anonymous

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Power!! So proud of you! " - Kaylin

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Go get em Tiger!" - Stefan Roodt

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Donations to date

R 7 500.43

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00

The South African Bone Marrow Registry

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The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) exists to help find matching bone marrow donors for critically ill South African children and adults who need a transplant but do not have a match within their own family. The only one of its kind in South Africa, the SABMR is committed to helping every patient referred to it. If there is no matching donor in South Africa, we take our search worldwide - “We search the world to find your perfect match”.