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Sarah riding for Smile

Sarah riding for Smile

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I have been working for The Smile Foundation for three years and this year I will be riding the 94.7 cycle challenge for the Smile Foundation.  It will be my very first cycle race and the first time I've been on a bike since I was about 14 years old but it will be worth it if I can, with your help, raise some money to help create Smiles for children around South Africa.  

The Smile Foundation is an organisation in South Africa that provides free plastic and reconstructive surgery for children in need of surgery for treatable facial anomalies such as cleft lip, cleft palate, nose and ear conditions, facial paralysis (Moebius Syndrome), burns and other facial conditions.

The work I do at The Smile Foundation is mostly focussed on education and outreach programmes to help create awareness of treatable facial anomolies in communities around South Africa.  Often parents believe they are in some way to blame for the condition the child has and feel incredible guilt and shame about the child's condition.  Often children are shunned or hidden due to the stigma of looking different and this can mean that children can be socially isolated, struggle at school, have poor self-esteem and struggle to make friends. Outreach and education programmes can help these children and their families understand their condition and experience a more "normal" childhood.

I really hope you believe in this cause as much as I do and if you're willing and able will donate to my cause when I ride for a purpose on 16 November 2014.  If you're not able to donate why not ride for The Smile Foundation.  You can read more about the organisation here: http://www.smilefoundationsa.org/ 

Should you wish to donate please use my name: "Sarah Barnes" and "Cycle Challenge" as reference so the team can link my donors to me.

Here's to doing something different!

Donations

  • Nov 25, 2014 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done Sarah" - Jesus loves kids John 10;10

  • Nov 21, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "You are amazing!!!" - Anne Bouwer

  • Nov 06, 2014 - R 400.00
  • "Ride, Sarah, ride!" - Teboho

  • Nov 06, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Goodluck!" - Eric

  • Nov 06, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Ms Barnes ;)" - Marc

  • Nov 05, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Sarah! Will be cheering you on from afar" - Tim

  • Nov 05, 2014 - R 300.00
  • "You can do it!! Good luck Sarah!" - Carla

  • Nov 05, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck! Smile all the way" - Cliff

  • Nov 04, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Good Luck Sarah " - Guy & Marco

  • Nov 04, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck out there!" - Frances

  • Nov 04, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Keep on trucking!" - Rich

  • Sep 30, 2014 - R 500.00
  • "Good Luck Beano" - Caryn Barnes

  • Sep 27, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "What a wonderful way to help those less fortunate" - Liz

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 5 300.00

Fundraising target

R 9 000.00
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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.

To set up your own fundraising page for The Smile Foundation click here