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Marolien's Ironman 70.3 for the Smile Foundation

Marolien's Ironman 70.3 for the Smile Foundation

Personal message

I am a 31 year old physiotherapist and I am doing my 2nd Half Ironman in 2015. I did my 1st one in 2013. I am not a born athlete and I really had to work very hard. I had to put my ego aside and go for swimming lessons at the age of 29. It was horrible as I was scared to death of swimming and I felt like giving up many times but the 6 year dream of doing IMSA70.3 kept me going. I had NO idea of how I was going to finish it but every morning I visualized myself running over the red carpet and crossing the finish line. I did not have a good time but I finished the race.

This year (2015) i want to be prepared in the BEST way that I possibly can. I don't want to race it but I definitely going to try and better my time. In the process of getting fit again I completely overcame my fear of swimming. I can now almost say that I like swimming - something that was not even on my radar 3 years ago.

Lastly I discovered so much about myself. How deep I have to dig to overcome fears and obstacles but also how rewarding it is to see yourself improve. The small things is now the things that count....like cutting a few seconds off a time trial or how much easier certain hills are to run or cycle.

I am honored to compete for the SMILE Foundation this year as I am a firm believer of paying it forward. There are so many kids that cannot smile and if me trying my best to get fit and cross that finish line can mean that somewhere some child can smile again, then I will do this every year!

I am always wearing bright pink lipstick so i will gladly SMILE away at 70.3 to put a SMILE on a kid's face.

Donations

  • Apr 12, 2016 - R 1 010.00
  • "GOD BLESS YOU" - wessel lategan

  • Feb 02, 2015 - R 850.00
  • "well done champ! proud of you" - anonymous

  • Feb 02, 2015 - R 100.00
  • "Who cannot...." - Johan

  • Jan 31, 2015 - R 1 800.00
  • "Well Done!" - A Knoetze

  • Jan 30, 2015 - R 200.00
  • "When you've been fighting for it all your life You've been struggling to make things right That's how a superhero learns to fly Every day, every hour Turn the pain into power. Superheroes/The Script" - The Jolly's

  • Jan 29, 2015 - R 300.00
  • "well done girl" - Jo-Anne

  • Jan 29, 2015 - R 200.00
  • "Well done .. fanstatic work " - Gavin Dotchin

  • Jan 29, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "Congratulations Marolien. Fantastic effort from a beautiful woman inside and out!" - Chris Schorn

  • Jan 29, 2015 - R 200.00
  • "Very proud of you, well done!" - Brent Moir

  • Jan 24, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte vriendin! Weet dit sal goed gaan, "if you can dream it, you can do it!"" - Trishia

  • Jan 23, 2015 - R 300.00
  • "Sterkte!" - Alna Eksteen

  • Jan 23, 2015 - R 250.00
  • "Good Luck Marolien. Wish you a successful race. " - Yasteel and Bimla Kuseeal

  • Jan 23, 2015 - R 100.00
  • "You GO GIRL! Good luck, you deserve the success & achievement." - Judes & Craig

  • Jan 23, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "holding thumbs and toes!!! all the best" - keren gates

  • Jan 23, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "Well done Marolien! This is a awesome cause!" - Gharde Geldenhuys

  • Jan 23, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "We support Alternative Energy" - Tradewinds

  • Jan 22, 2015 - R 300.00
  • "Njoy your race M!!!" - Richard Lawrie

  • Jan 22, 2015 - R 1 000.00
  • "Let's all try and put smiles on children's faces. They are the blessings of the future." - Steve Breuning

  • Jan 21, 2015 - R 200.00
  • "Believing in yourself and this great cause means backing oneself!! GO SMILE!! i will smile 4 every mile :-)" - marolien schmidt

  • Jan 21, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "Ek is so obgelooflik trots op jou! Jy weet wat jy wil he en gaan daarvoor met jou hele hart. sterkte en dink elke oomblik van race aan jou" - Amelda Liddell

  • Jan 21, 2015 - R 500.00
  • "Jy's 'n inpirasie! Skitterend!" - Zeltia Lorse

  • Jan 19, 2015 - R 1 000.00
  • "Geniet 'n wonderlikke tyd, ons bid vir jou. Ons weet jy sal goed doen! Dankie dat jy jou tyd op offer vir so 'n goeie projek wat baie mense aanraak! Jy is 'n ster! " - South African Society of Physiotherapy EC - Henna

  • Jan 16, 2015 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Lien!! Baie trots op jou!! xx" - Jan Schmidt

  • Jan 08, 2015 - R 1 500.00
  • "Sterkte Pop!! Jou "mantra" tydens die wedloop moet wees - "Each mile brings a smile". Dit sal jou suksesvol maak en baie mense geluk bring." - Sineke Schmidt

  • Dec 20, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "sterkte marolien....." - buffelshoek safaris( bea schoeman

  • Dec 20, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "A smile is the greatest gift you can give a child who can't." - Bruce Dewar

  • Dec 18, 2014 - R 4 000.00
  • "Marolien alle sterkte ek staan 100% agter jou en weet ek is daar in gees xx u can do it!!! " - Marlenè Brewis

  • Dec 18, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck for your Marathon...Awesome doing it for something so meaningful. well done M! " - Mark Sushi

  • Dec 15, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck, Marolien. Hope that you will sponsor a few smiles!!" - Ina Diener

  • Dec 10, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "You going to be awesome !!!" - Dirk, Daleen , Amy and Craig

  • Dec 09, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Let's create more 'Smiles' good luck Marolien.." - Dou

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 21 110.00

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00
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Smile Foundation

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Smile Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings people together for the purpose of providing expert surgical intervention, creating greater social involvement and enabling sensible corporate social investment – to make a difference in the lives of children with facial anomalies.

We offer holistic care to transform the lives of these children who are threatened with rejection by society.

The Smile Foundation is about meaningfully connecting people to bring about new opportunities, new futures, with the result being – new lives.

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