Run Paris for Smiles :)
- By: Gabriella Brondani-Rego
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/run-paris-for-smiles
On Sunday 9 April 2017 I will run my first ever marathon - the Paris Marathon. I love running - for fun. In my every day life I run in heels, I run outdoors (for fun) and run a boutique PR agency and lifestyle business. But, I am in no way an athlete - nevermind someone who ever thought they'd attempt to tackle 42km's (in the form of a marathon) in one go!
So, thanks to some sage advice from Carel Nolte (three-time Comrades finisher and the Comrades' number one fundraiser) I've decided to run the marathon for a purpose bigger than "just for the experience" - I'm going to run it for a cause.
I've picked The Smile Foundation :)
They do incredible work in helping children living with facial conditions. By working with SA's Academic Hospitals they put the smile back onto children's faces with corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatments. "We help children in need of surgery for treatable facial abnormalities such as cleft lip, cleft palate, nose and ear conditions, facial paralysis, burn wounds and craniofacial abnormalities."
So great, right?
Now, here's where I need your help :)
I've pledged to raise R42 195 (that's R1 000 for each kilometre and-a-bit of the Paris Marathon) but I can't do it on my own. I'll need all the support and help I can get to reach my target. Any amount, big or small, will make the biggest difference in making a child smile.
Ps. If you're keen to follow my journey or spread the love online, you can follow/use the #RunParisForSmiles hashtag.
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.
To set up your own fundraising page for The Smile Foundation click here