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Heather runs for Hokisa

Heather runs for Hokisa

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On the 24th May 2009 I shall be running in the 56mile/89km Comrades Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in South Africa. This race is known as the Ultimate Human Race where athletes from all over the world come together to challenge their endurance. I would like my run to be about more than personal accomplishment and to that end I am raising money for a very worthy organization called HOKISA - Homes For Kids in South Africa.

HOKISA, located on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa, is a small NGO that provides residential, family-type care for children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS and it's aim is to empower members of poor communities where HIV/AIDS is most devastating. HOKISA provides a safe, healthy environment for children entrusted to it's care as well as community outreach and support. All donations made to HOKISA go directly to the HOKISA Home for the care-giving and education of the children and running of the Home. Administrative overheads are kept to a minimum and are mostly absorbed by the volunteer board members.

This cause is espescially meaningful to me as I spent the first 32 years of my life in South Africa. My wish is to give back by helping those who are in a more disadvantaged position. Please help me in reaching or exceeding my fundraising goal by clicking on the 'donate now' icon. The donations will be made in the currency of the South African Rand (ZAR) and all contributions from the smallest to the largest will be greatly appreciated. At the current exchange rate R100.00 is approximately equivalent to $10.00. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. When donating please feel free to comment alongside your contribution.

I would be most grateful if you communicated details of my fundraising effort by forwarding a link to this site to everyone you think may be interested. Together we can make a difference to the lives of many children.

Thank you so much for supporting this endeavour. I have been promised "tiny HOKISA wings on my running shoes" for the race and plan to visit HOKISA after the race. Once I have returned to my home on the beautiful island of O'ahu, Hawai'i, I intend to chronicle my experiences on this site.

For more information please visit:

www.hokisa.co.za

www.comrades.com

 

 19 February 2009 : Today I met and exceeded my first fundraising target, reaching R 25,750.00. I wish to thank everyone who has donated so generously up until now. For any newcomers to my page who wish to donate please do so as HOKISA needs the funding and I am increasing my target to R35,000.00.

27june2009 : An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed. I successfully completed the Comrades Marathon on 24th May 2009. The experience of participating was awesome. I flew to Cape Town after the race and spent time at HOKISA which was a very heartwarming experience. All money donated on this page has gone to a very worthy cause. If anyone would like to make more contributions on this page please do so as HOKISA is in need of ongoing donations.

Mahalo nui loa and aloha. Heather.

Donations

  • May 25, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "You go girl!" - Neil

  • May 23, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "56 miles Heather? Without a bike? Holy cow, I'm impressed! Have a great run- I'll be thinking of you" - Slopush

  • May 22, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "My heart just bursts with pride for you!" - The Ross Family

  • May 17, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "I'm so proud of you! I always joke & ask u if u won your race - u definitely won this one already! " - Kristy, Jeff, Jordyn, & Baby H

  • May 13, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "So honored to have you as a friend~You are amazing & beautiful in every way possible!" - The Gaskin-Hurgronje Family!

  • Apr 29, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "You are an inspiration, will think of you on the day. In memory of Winston who loved running." - Renee and Robin

  • Apr 28, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "You never cease to amaze me - you are my hero!" - Neva Westhoff

  • Apr 27, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "" - Andre Venter

  • Apr 25, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "Awesome Heather!" - Jonty Medcalf

  • Apr 20, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "Good Luck Heather! You'll do great, I'm sure! Love you!" - Kelly Mackey

  • Apr 06, 2009 - R 4 000.00
  • "You are my inspiration, Heather!" - Benakar Batista

  • Apr 06, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Can't wait to hear all about your successful run!!" - Linda Martin

  • Mar 16, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "You make me so proud to know you. Thank you for doing this! aloha, Margot" - Margot

  • Mar 08, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Best wishes" - Willem Theron

  • Mar 08, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Heather - I'll be thinking of you ... you are doing an awesome thing by raising funds" - Sabine

  • Mar 03, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "You are a true inspiration!" - Feather

  • Feb 25, 2009 - R 300.00
  • "Gary "Run fast", Peggy "May the wind be at your back"" - Cash donations from Gary and P

  • Feb 23, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "With you in spirit!" - Kai Horsthemke

  • Feb 21, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Heather- you amaze me! Good luck on this ultramarathon. And what a great cause to raise money for!" - Cat Brown

  • Feb 20, 2009 - R 5 000.00
  • "I will be thinking of you on your running journey and know that you will do well!" - Fred and Cathi Rice

  • Feb 19, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Heather, you have such huge energy and love to make this more than a run....our love goes with you!" - Penny & Colin

  • Feb 19, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "Good luck girl! I will be thinking of you." - Lisa Larew

  • Feb 17, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "I am so inspired by you, the run and the motivation!" - Lilly

  • Feb 17, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "You'll make it with a smile on your face-thanks for the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause" - Vickie Bixler

  • Feb 16, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "just keep running, just keeping running! i will be praying for you all the way! Love Nicci" - Nicci

  • Feb 11, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "What an amazing journey!!! I'll be there with you in spirit...Go Heather!!" - sharon hiemstra

  • Feb 10, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "Sounds GREAT, except for the extra 30 MILES! Aloha, have fun, Rachel, Derrick and Zoe!" - Rachel, Derrick & Zoe

  • Feb 07, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "When I think of fit, I always think of you." - Anne and Norm Fox

  • Feb 06, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Yours is the true spirit of the race" - Steven

  • Feb 05, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "See Heather Run. See Heather Repair the World!" - The Stamper Levy Family

  • Feb 04, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "Heather, you are my role model!" - Lenka & Curtis Stedman

  • Feb 04, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "Friend of Sharon Douglas, may every step in yr marathon be a step forward of humanity towards Divine" - Edith Stadig

  • Feb 04, 2009 - R 100.00
  • "so good that ex-pats still want to contribute to our wonderful country." - val mazinter

  • Feb 03, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "Hi Heather. I'll look out for you on the telly!!! Good luck and enjoy. Harvey & Lisa." - Harvey & Lisa

  • Feb 03, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Hope your shoes have wings - I'm with you all the way" - Ilze

  • Feb 03, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Go Heather! You ROCK!!" - steve villiger

  • Feb 02, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "holoholo! - i hope your laugh is as infectious on the finish line!" - andy ingpen

  • Feb 02, 2009 - R 400.00
  • "enjoy the race. one love" - Gregory Mthembu-Salter

  • Feb 02, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "go heather, go... thanks for your thoughtfulness and commitment to the greater good" - Glynn Morris

  • Feb 02, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good Luck! I admire all your hard work! " - Saioa

  • Feb 01, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "phumelela to you, my friend!" - ian ainslie

  • Feb 01, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "Go Heather! " - Sonal Bakaya

  • Feb 01, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "You are the wind beneath my wings Heather. You can do it!!" - Matt Hicks

  • Jan 31, 2009 - R 2 000.00
  • "Way to go - we're all behind you!! Good luck!" - A. Charlson

  • Jan 31, 2009 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you so much for all of your help! I wouldn't be graduating if it weren't for you! Good luck!" - Keely

  • Jan 31, 2009 - R 250.00
  • "Way to go Heather!" - Kristina

  • Jan 28, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "With you all the way." - Veronica Wright

  • Jan 28, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck!" - Kirstie Shapiro

  • Jan 28, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "May the wings of tradition and humanity see you through to the end. Love you K & L xxx" - K&L

  • Jan 28, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best for a great race and cause!" - Andrew & Kathryn

  • Jan 23, 2009 - R 1 000.00
  • "The Girl Wonder does it again! My love runs with you, Stevie Caprivi." - Steven Howells

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 39 300.00

Fundraising target

R 35 000.00
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HOKISA is a donor-funded residential home for children affected by HIV/AIDS. It is not an orphanage but a small facility in a township where 20 children receive family-type care. They go to school, have friends, have fun and live a normal life.

Your generous contributions are requested for this most deserving cause.