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 High five for a life

High five for a life

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From lazy to crazy,

Gemma strives for five!

#highfiveforalife #GOLDSTRONG

I have been educating myself on the horrors of childhood cancer and the ability of a child to get treatment to have a chance at life. If children are our future, why are we not fighting harder for them?

 I recently met with the team at Rainbows and Smiles, who are all directly impacted by the devastation of childhood cancer, I am amazed by their passion and dedication to this cause, and it made me realise I had to do something to help them. 

Their mission is that all children have the right to fight. All families facing childhood cancer should not have to worry about where their next meal will come from or how they will pay for supportive cancer medication.

A little about my journey to doing an Ironman 70.3: the dictionary defines a journey as an act of travelling from one place to another. My journey was normally from the couch to the fridge and back. Something had to change.

I have never been sporty, and embarking on this journey has pushed me beyond any comfort zone. Triathlon has challenged me mentally, emotionally, and physically. I found that by pushing my own boundaries, I could create personal bests. I realised that achieving results came from being uncomfortable. 

It has been challenging; I have cried at the track, ridden home in the rain even though it wasn’t raining, I have been in dark places unable to breathe, but I show up and push myself every day.

As the training intensified, my coach had a hard time keeping me calm; I thought about backing down a hundred times and was terrified that everything could go wrong.

I finally heard the words, “Welcome to the red carpet, Gemma Theron, in six hours and forty-eight minutes!” I had done it, and with tears of joy streaming down my face, I Gemma was an Ironman 70.3 athlete. The most unbelievable sense of accomplishment EVER.

So, what am I going to do, and how can you help? 

I am turning 50 year in August and have challenged myself to do 5 of these triathlons, one for each decade of my life, raising funds and awareness to support Rainbows and Smiles. 

 From lazy to crazy, please click on the donate button as I get out there to train, sweat, and race for children who don’t have a choice. I have figured out my purpose through my passion, and now it’s time to act.

How about giving me a high five if you see me on the road training, racing or follow my progress on Instagram @gemma.theron

“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

Donations

  • May 18, 2022 - USD $ 62.84
  • "Well done Gemma and good luck for your next race " - John Bayly

  • May 12, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Go Gemma!! You legend! Karl Nimmo" - Karl Nimmo

  • May 05, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Well done gem" - Robbie gien

  • May 05, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You got this my friend, no 3 crept up so quickly!" - Julie Wagstaff

  • May 05, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Well done Gemma. We are super proud of you. " - Jakes & Tania Fredericks

  • Apr 28, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "So incredibly proud of you Gem Gem, I love you." - Jennifer Richardson

  • Apr 05, 2022 - USD $ 68.55
  • "Great to have Gemma on the start line in PE and great to see she has finished another IM for a wonderful cause. Keep going! " - Duncan

  • Apr 02, 2022 - USD $ 171.37
  • "Great job Gem, keep going. " - Julia Gilmour

  • Mar 30, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "So proud of you friend & the amazing work you are doing! Go get your 2/5. I'll be screaming loudly in your ear the whole time. You've got this!" - Kerry

  • Mar 30, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "So incredibly proud of you Gem Gem, I love you." - Jennifer Richardson

  • Mar 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Well done on Dubai, time for PE!" - Slav

  • Mar 28, 2022 - R 400.00
  • "Gemma - warrior woman, go for it " - Jane Robertson

  • Mar 28, 2022 - USD $ 34.95
  • "Well done Gemma, you're amazing !!" - Athena

  • Mar 18, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Well done! You got this." - Janet Malcolm

  • Mar 18, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Great initiative - hope it goes so so well." - Jenny

  • Mar 18, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Well done Gemma, 1st of 5 races completed, keep going!" - John Bayly

  • Mar 13, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Well done Gemma so proud of You Klaus" - Klaus Vogel

  • Mar 13, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "So incredibly proud of you Gem Gem, I love you." - Jennifer Richardson

  • Mar 13, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Your amazing and so is the cause you are raising funds for- well done Gems" - Candice Vogel

  • Mar 10, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Gemma. Well done " - Leigh

  • Mar 09, 2022 - USD $ 65.41
  • "Had the privilege to meet Gemma on the start line IM Dubai and hear about her “50” plans in support of Rainbows & Smiles. What a wonderful initiative and glad to support you in the 1st and continue fo" - Duncan starnes

  • Mar 05, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Gemma, you’re a great achiever both in work and personal life! All the best!" - Johan

  • Mar 05, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Great cause....u have got this. So proud. Love Skins" - Skins

  • Mar 04, 2022 - USD $ 13.15
  • "Gem, you are absolutely incredible xxxx going to be cheering you on all the way. So excited that I can at least do PE with you! " - Kimmie

  • Mar 04, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Gem! You are going to crush it! Show them who is boss!! :)" - Karl Nimmo

  • Mar 04, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "You’ve got this Gem! So proud of you!!" - Nakita

  • Mar 04, 2022 - USD $ 32.87
  • "You are one committed lady - good luck Gem!! " - Shelly Maynard

  • Mar 03, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good Luck Gem. Fly through these challenges and be your best" - Matthew

  • Mar 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Go Gem, you’ve got this! " - Rob

  • Mar 03, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Gem" - Tess M

  • Mar 03, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck Gem!! " - André van der Walt

  • Feb 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Great challenge for a great cause - go Gemma!" - Dave Marshall

  • Feb 28, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Go smash it Gem !" - Lara

  • Feb 25, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Go Gem!! I am proud of you " - Matt Franzsen

  • Feb 22, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Watch you go! Thank you for being such a wonderful soul in raising awareness & much needed funds. Go chase your rainbow " - Kerry

  • Feb 16, 2022 - USD $ 13.24
  • "Good luck Gemma! You can do anything you out your mind too!" - Sue

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You have got this my friend! Love you 🤗" - Julie

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You got this Gem. Good luck xx " - Gillian

  • Feb 16, 2022 - USD $ 132.43
  • "GT you are an inspiration to everyone who felt that they could not do ‘it’. Good luck with your personal challenge! " - Robert Cranmer

  • Jan 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Amazing lady for a really important cause!" - Slav

  • Jan 03, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You are a true inspiration to us all, Gemma! " - Lynsey Stewart-Isherwood

  • Nov 04, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Stack ém high and make ém fly!" - Steven Auf

  • Oct 26, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are stronger than you think!" - Annon

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The mission of Rainbows and Smiles is to provide emotional, social and financial support to families and caregivers in need when a child or children of that family is diagnosed with a life threatening illness such as cancer. In addition, Rainbows and Smiles encourage childhood cancer awareness to educate in the hope of promoting early detection.

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