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Marco Cycles for Rainbows and Smiles - 2021

Marco Cycles for Rainbows and Smiles - 2021

Personal message

Hey everyone! Many of you know me as Marco, husband to the beautiful Jeanine and dad to two gorgeous girls, Amelia and Anabelle. We live in Melbourne; Australia and I am currently doing a 10 day cycle challenge with two of my mates in the Gippsland region. We are cycling with our gear from Melbourne to Bairnsdale via Cowes and Bemm River which totals an estimate distance of 750km.

This journey has proved to be quite challenging, and it instantly flooded my heart and mind with the challenges my little nephew, Hanno Lewis, had to endure while fighting a very unfair opponent, cancer.

Hanno was a very happy and healthy little boy who met all his milestones. He had a healthy appetite and loved all the food his mommy cooked for him. He loved nature, the outdoors, and his pets. He had never been on antibiotics and honestly thrived. Sadly, in 2013 at the age of two and a half, Hanno was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma stage 4. After a few surgeries including a Thoracotomy and Craniotomy, chemo and radiation, my little nephew’s body grew very tired. He drew his last breath three days before his 4th birthday and his little brother was only five weeks old. It left us all broken…. Still today, 7 years later, Hanno is engraved in our hearts. We miss him dearly, but his legacy lives on…..

My sister Nadia, who still resides in South Africa, has made it her mission to help children diagnosed with cancer. Even though Hanno was lucky enough to be treated at private healthcare facilities, most children in South Africa are treated in the government hospitals. Many children and their families live in shacks and are in dire need of the basic necessities like food and clothing. Nadia joined a small NGO called Rainbows and Smiles who assist children diagnosed with cancer.

Rainbows and Smiles was founded 10 years ago by Bonita Suckling, mommy to Jed Brady Thomas. Jed, the only child of Bonni, was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma and sadly died in July 2011 from this horrible monster. These two ladies are beyond passionate about their cause. They go where no-one goes, they sit at the besides of dying children, they comfort mommies, they try and make a difference every single day. Rainbows and Smiles is their labour of love. Tap on this link to see what they get up to on a daily basis Rainbows and Smiles | Facebook

It would be greatly appreciated if you could sponsor a little something towards their cause. These children need us, they cant fight cancer alone!

Donations

  • Nov 30, 2021 - USD $ 71.33
  • "Good on ya Thick Leg Marco" - Andrew

  • Nov 23, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Yes ja, Patria!" - Aangenaam

  • Nov 23, 2021 - USD $ 72.79
  • "Bloody amazing job. Well done guys!" - MLF

  • Nov 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Lekker Peanut! Gaan vir goud !" - Fanie van Deventer

  • Nov 22, 2021 - USD $ 31.78
  • "Goeie werk MF!" - Andre

  • Nov 20, 2021 - USD $ 33.62
  • "Great commitment to a Good cause" - Drean

  • Nov 20, 2021 - USD $ 31.79
  • "Well done on completing your challenge Marco" - Denise Doherty

  • Nov 20, 2021 - USD $ 36.16
  • "Wonderful cause - well done completing a tough challenge. " - Sharon

  • Nov 20, 2021 - USD $ 36.16
  • "Well done mate, great cause " - Vince

  • Nov 20, 2021 - USD $ 25.56
  • "A ridiculous challenge for a worthy cause. Good luck x" - Kate Stevens

  • Nov 19, 2021 - USD $ 63.91
  • "Sterkte Marco! Mag daai bene hou en jy n paar lang biere geniet as jy klaar is!" - Sune Du Toit

  • Nov 19, 2021 - USD $ 31.95
  • "Great effort Marco and for a very special charity!! " - Evans Family

  • Nov 19, 2021 - USD $ 33.04
  • "Goeie werk my vriend! " - Christian & Maruscka Bosch

  • Nov 18, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Great work Marco

    " - W.A.

  • Nov 18, 2021 - USD $ 29.11
  • "Inspirational mate, proud of you. " - Jason Asbury

  • Nov 18, 2021 - USD $ 36.39
  • "Well done mate. " - Daniel Walker

  • Nov 18, 2021 - USD $ 36.30
  • "Lovely message Marco. Good luck." - Dan & Kylie

  • Nov 17, 2021 - USD $ 64.43
  • "Well done Marco Lukas is trots op jou" - Iggy

  • Nov 17, 2021 - USD $ 48.33
  • "Goeies Marco!" - Len & Celeste

  • Nov 17, 2021 - USD $ 32.22
  • "Trots op jou! " - Dawie & Magdaleen

  • Nov 17, 2021 - R 3 000.00
  • "

    “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie-the-Pooh

    " - Anonymous

  • Nov 17, 2021 - USD $ 21.83
  • "Amazing effort and an amazing cause Marco et al!" - Bridge

  • Nov 17, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Lekker trap Marco !" - Andre

  • Nov 17, 2021 - USD $ 64.43
  • "All the best to spread the message" - Tarun kakaday

  • Nov 16, 2021 - USD $ 51.03
  • "Good luck Marco and friends! " - De Wet

  • Nov 16, 2021 - USD $ 65.84
  • "Trap hom Peanut" - Martin Van den Berg

  • Nov 16, 2021 - USD $ 36.78
  • "I really enjoy the ride with you Marco" - Uli

  • Nov 16, 2021 - USD $ 32.92
  • "Good luck" - Marlize

  • Nov 16, 2021 - USD $ 131.68
  • "Well done, Marco!!" - Jos Vermeulen

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 19.55
  • "“When it’s hurting you, that’s when you can make a difference” – Eddy Merckx. Go well Marco! " - Allan T

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 48.88
  • "Gijima baba" - The Vans in Oz

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 32.59
  • "Love you Hanno! Hou bene hou Marcos x" - Jeanine Coetzer

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Donations to date

R 24 424.63

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00
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Rainbows and Smiles Foundation

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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.

To set up your own fundraising page for Rainbows and Smiles click here