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Funds Raised:
R 21 508
Fundraising Target:
R 60 000

Personal message

An epic journey of self-discovery from Breast Cancer to the mountains of Nepal.

At some time or another, we all have heard about the magic and mystery of the Mountains of Nepal and especially Mount Everest, the highest mountain of them all at 8,849m.

I am not about to climb Mt Everest. Still, I think that Everest Base Camp and Island peak mountain (one of Everest's baby sister mountains) are enough of a challenge in themselves. As this year will be my 5th year since my Breast Cancer diagnosis, I am honoured to have the opportunity to smash this goal and KICK CANCER'S BUTT!!

Saray Khumalo and her Base2Summits team have invited me to join this 20 DAY expedition in October 2022 to celebrate the BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

I will never forget the indescribable fear of hearing the words you have breast cancer. In July 2017, after discovering swelling in my left breast two weeks later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a total shock!

I am a former elite/springbok distance runner. I represented South Africa on the track, cross country and the road. I have many South African titles and qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the woman's marathon. 

Cancer certainly does not discriminate. I have been an elite athlete from the age of 14. I lead an extremely healthy lifestyle, yet I still got cancer.

I had a remarkable recovery from my breast cancer due to my fitness and my determination not to let this cancer define me, and I aimed to get back to normal as soon as possible. I rode my eliptigo stationary bike two weeks post-mastectomy and ran again after six weeks.

Finding my passion after Cancer: Patient navigation spoke to me, and I love what I do. I love making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. 

As a breast cancer warrior myself, I can connect deeply with my patients as I understand what they are going through. 

It has been an eye-opener. I have and continue to learn so much. It is advantageous but also highly heartbreaking. I take comfort in the fact that I am making a difference no matter how hard. I have learnt to be empathetic but also realistic.

I am a breast cancer survivor, former elite/springbok distance runner, oncology patient navigator, breast cancer exercise specialist, motivational speaker and a Filotimo Brand Ambassador and Cancer Patient Navigator.

The absolute shock of hearing the words you have cancer is indescribable and strikes fear into the very depths of your soul. I am so very grateful for my remarkable recovery, the incredible support and the world-class medical care I received and continue to receive.

By reaching my goal, I will be able to continue to raise awareness about cancer together with the assistance of the Machi Filotimo Cancer Project and its various Cancer Navigation Projects. I want to continue to inspire and motivate others every day.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime not only for my own experience and to challenge myself but to raise funds for Machi Filotimo Cancer Project so that we may continue to support cancer patients and their families in the spirit of Filotimo!

This campaign assists in creating awareness and education about cancer, its symptoms & treatment through navigation & champions programmes. The more awareness, the more assistance can be given to various communities.

The Machi Filotimo Cancer Project [MFCP] is a registered NPO and PBO. Please support Nicole by donating to this fundraising event and helping the Project assist Cancer Patients and their families through their cancer journeys.

For more information about the MFCP, please visit our website


  • Nov 03, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "I know Chantelle would have wanted to donate as do I. Keep on inspiring and keep up the great work. #fuckcancer" - Chantelle Delport (Nottodaymelanoma)

  • Nov 02, 2022 - R 2 500.00
  • "Good Luck Nicole!" - Roger Fuller-Good

  • Oct 27, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Nicole wishing you all the best, travel safe " - Caroline

  • Oct 20, 2022 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Pop your head above the clouds" - Eric

  • Oct 20, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Thank you Nicole!! You are an inspiration to us all doing what you do in the spirit of Filotimo" - Marty

  • Oct 13, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Such a worthy cause Nicky! You’ve indeed got the chutzpah to do this!!" - Vanessa Hurlimann

  • Oct 12, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Fantastic Nikki I’m rooting for you love and blessings " - Maddy

  • Oct 12, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Hi Nikki wishing you an amazing trip making special memories along the way. Have an awesome time, know you’ve got this " - Belinda

  • Oct 09, 2022 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Nicole!" - Steve Kelly

  • Oct 06, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Fantastic initiative- thanks for all you continue to do to raise awareness xx" - Brenda Sattary

  • Sep 28, 2022 - USD $ 27.75
  • "Wishing you all the best on your amazing adventure. " - Lynn Weisz

  • Sep 25, 2022 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best for your upcoming Everest expedition" - Gavin Hulse

  • Sep 10, 2022 - R 333.00
  • "Best wishes on this journey Nicole! Michelle Xx" - Michelle

  • Sep 02, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "I hope the fundraising goes well and best wishes for an epic journey of discovery. " - Ian Benson

  • Aug 30, 2022 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "So proud of you Nicks, you've got this! " - Ingrid

  • Aug 22, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Focus on the slow burn" - The Solar Sandal Boy

  • Aug 18, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You are such an inspiration Nicole ! Love you x" - Bridget Hunter

  • Aug 17, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Amazing Nicole. You are an inspiration" - Aviva

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Fundraising target

R 60 000.00

Donations to date

R 21 508.06

Machi Filotimo Cancer Project

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The Machi Filotimo Cancer Project is a Non-Profit Company registered in 2019 with Registration mumber 2019/338757/08 and Social Development NPO Number 233-575NPO.  We are registered as a Public Benefit Organization i.t.o. Section 18A(1) of the act with Regsistration No PBO 930071517 and our goal is to raise awareness for people diagnosed with cancer. 

Our purpose is to create awareness about Cancer, to educate on early detection and to render palliative care to cancer patients. Together with our partners, we work harmoniously in all areas related to addressing Cancer control objectives in order to take care of patients with cancer and support families of survivors.

Our goal is not only to raise funds but to also gather support from individuals and commercial enterprises who can contribute according to their means in whatever way possible.

We are proud to be associated with numerous partners including the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), the Cancer Alliance, HOSPICE WITS and the Breast Wellness Centre, to name but a few.

To find out more about our organization, please visit our website: