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Running for Cancer

Running for Cancer

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The Machi Filotimo Cancer Project will host our Marathon of Honour proudly partnered by The Sunflower Fund.

In 2020 the Machi Filotimo Cancer Project will host the first Ultra Marathon of Honour to CELEBRATE those amazing people who are affected by Cancer. The 100KM run will be undertaken by our Brand Ambassador, Temotio Jacopo, known to us as Timo. The run will begin 20KM outside Morula Sun Hotel and end at JSN BMW Bryanston.

This amazing feature of Strength and Endurance epitomizes the journey of a cancer patient. Timo will take on this challenge to fund the fight against Blood Disorders and help save lives. This Epic Journey is to raise awareness about becoming a donor and helping those in need of a Blood Stem Cell Transplant to save their lives!

Timo will be running for funds to assist our Filotimo Cancer Champion, Daniella Van Zyl, who has been diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic Leukaemia (Ph+ALL), a rare type of blood cancer which requires her to have a lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant. Given the severity of her condition, she was given 8 months to live.

You can view her Filotimo Champion’s page here

Together with our Partnered Institution, The Sunflower Fund, we will also be hosting a Virtual Event for this Ultra Marathon of Honour, to increase awareness and have as many inspiring sports fanatics and volunteers join in to run, walk, cycle or even swim for this amazing cause.

The Sunflower Fund partnered by DKMS is a donor recruitment centre and stem cell registry. They fight blood diseases like Leukaemia through the recruitment of stem cell donors and maintaining a registry of potential donors committed to helping anyone in need of a life-saving (bone marrow) stem cell transplant. They fundraise to cover the cost of education and awareness about the need for and the process to become a blood stem cell donor as well as to cover the cost of the HLA tissue-typing test involved in the recruitment of donors.

If you are interested in being a donor, please contact Shamaa Sheik on [email protected] or  

Watch this short video on how to become a blood stem cell donor with The Sunflower Fund

If you are interested in partnering with us for this event or sponsoring towards this epic event, please email Evy Michalopoulos on [email protected]

Pledge R100.00 or pledge per KM.


  • Dec 30, 2019 - R 220.00
  • "

    Well Done to our brand Ambassador Temo for completing the advent running challenge of 220km which started on 15th December & ends on 25th December. You inspire us all Temo!!

    " - Filotimo Cancer Project

  • Dec 28, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "For humanity " - Mac Mokoena

  • Dec 26, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "We are so inspired by you, Coach. Keep on doing this great work and sharing our beautiful sport with generosity. " - Mthi Family

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "Well done on a great initiative!" - Steve

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You inspire me Temo! Keep up the good work!" - Rea

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Donations to date

R 1 720.00

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Machi Filotimo Cancer Project

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The Machi Filotimo Cancer Project is a Non-Profit Company registered in 2019 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 and HOSPICE WITS to name but a few.

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