SEVEN7 DRIVE for The Little Fighters Cancer Trust
- By: Danie Botha, G.G van Rooyen and Jan van Deventer
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/seven7-drive-for-the-little-fighters-cancer-trust
In July 2015, an epic 6200km driving adventure covering throughout Southern Africa will take place, covering seven countries and seven hospitals - in just seven days! A small team of three adventurers, Danie Botha, G.G van Rooyen and Jan van Deventer, will embark from Johannesburg early one morning and drive through the seven countries in the prescribed seven days, finishing up at the same point where it started.
In each country the team will make a predetermined stop at a hospital or clinic, delivering a surprise package to a young, terminally ill patient. At the same time an SMS campaign will run in aid of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and the incredible work they do for Children Fighting Cancer in South Africa, as well as an online fundraising campaign.
Operational costs are sponsored in full, ensuring that 100% of funds donated by the public is handed directly to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.
VEHICLE TO BE USED
Next-generation Kia Sorento 2.0 FWD, kindly sponsored by KIA SOUTH AFRICA.
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (please note the final route and destinations remain to be confirmed)
DAY 1: GAUTENG (RSA) TO WINDHOEK (NAMIBIA) - approx. 1546km
Depart 12:01am from selected assembly point, and head for Namibia. Arrive Wiindhoek, Namibia approx. 3pm, and check into Arrebusch Travel Lodge. Go to Windhoek hospital for stop 1.
DAY 2: WINDHOEK (NAMIBIA) – FRANCISTOWN (BOTSWANA) - approx. 1 295km
Depart 4am and cross border after 6am to Botswana, travel to Francistown and Marang Gardens Hotel (camp) in town approx. 2pm. Visit Nyangabgwe Hospital in town in late afternoon.
DAY 3: FRANCISTOWN (BOTSWANA) – CHIREDZI (ZIMBABWE) – approx. 577km
Depart 6am and cross border to Zimbabwe. Drive to Chiredzi and the town’s clinic, to arrive approx. lunchtime. From there continue to Singita Pamushana Lodge, to arrive approx 4pm.
DAY 4: CHIREDZI (ZIMBABWE) – INHAMBANE (MOZAMBIQUE) – approx. 850km
Depart 5am and cross border to Mozambique, via Mutare and Machipanda border post. Continue east to Maxixe, then Inhamban and Island Rock campsite (TBC, depending on exactly location). Late afternoon continue to Inhambane hospital for visit.
DAY 5: INHAMBANE (MOZAMBIQUE) – MANZINI (SWAZILAND) – approx. 680km
Depart 5am from Inhambane and Goba border crossing to Swaziland, continue to Manzini to arrive approx 2pm. Visit Manzini clinic or surrounds. Depart approx. 4pm for Mkhaya Nature Reserve. Arrive at camp at approx. 6pm.
DAY 6: MANZINI (SWAZILAND) – MOKHOTLONG (LESOTHO) – approx. 708km
Depart 5am for Salitjie border post, continue through SA to Sani Pass, and enter Lesotho once up Sani. Continue to Mokhotlong, and Mapouka campsite. Arrive approx 3pm. Visit Mokhotlong clinic/hospital late afternoon.
DAY 7: MOKHOTLONG (LESOTHO) – GAUTENG (RSA) – 536km
Depart Mokhotlong 6am am, and drive via Caledon’s Poort to SA. Continue to Gauteng and to Little Company of Mary hospital in Pretoria, and visit children’s ward for last stop and handover. Arrive back at start point around 7pm
TOTAL APPROX DISTANCE = 6 179km
We appreciate any show of Support by ways of a donation. 100% of funds raised will be used by the Little Fighters Cancer Trust to provide Support to Children with Cancer across South Africa. Corporate donors, who would like to be issued with Section 18A Tax Certificates and B-BEEE Documentation, can contact Mandie Erasmus from the Little Fighters Cancer Trust directly on 073 729 6155 or [email protected] . Your donation will be added to this fundraising target as an offline donation, with a message from your company included.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered NPO with PBO status and is a Level 4 B-BEEE Contributor. For more information, please feel free to visit www.littlefighters.org.za and join us on social media.
We'd like to make a special thank you to Jurgens Bekker Attorneys for their offline contribution of R5,000.
Little Fighters Cancer Trust
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports Children with Cancer and their Families.
In cases where there is no family support structure, such as in oncology wards in Children's Homes and Places of Safety, we are often the only line of support which these young Cancer Fighters have.
Our approach to support is holistic, where we look not only at providing practical and financial support, but also concentrate hugely on emotional support and providing relief where needs, in and out of hospital, are concerned.