Support local sportsman Jon Cole-Edwardes by going karting in Mkondeni tomorrow

2012-08-17 00:00

EPIC Karting is hosting a high tea and karting tomorrow afternoon to raise funds for the JCE Trust, a charity that was set up to support local boy Jon Cole-Edwardes in his fight against cancer. Jon, now living in Bedford, England, was diagnosed in 2011 with ocular melanoma, which was surgically removed, but it meant losing an eye.

Ocular melanoma is a cancer of the eye and with about 50% of patients developing metastatic disease within 15 years of the original diagnosis, once the liver is involved the cancer becomes incurable. In April, routine scans revealed that the cancer has returned and is in Jon’s liver, lung and pelvic bones.

A talented sportsperson, Jon matriculated from Kearsney College in 1997 and attended Maritzburg College for his post-matric year in 1998, where he played first-team cricket and first-team hockey under coach Mike Bechet. Being a Natal Schools squash player as well, many Maritzburgers would have played with Jon in the local leagues. After completing his studies, Jon travelled to England in 2003 to play cricket in the Bedfordshire Premier League. In 2008, Jon married Sarah and last November they welcomed twins Grace and Joel into their family.

The JCE Trust has been established to spread a message of hope and faith to those around the world facing similar challenges. Through research and believing that all is possible, cancer can and will be beaten.

The JCE Trust has identified four beneficiaries.

1. Future medical expenses: to date, there is no cure for Jon’s condition, but research and clinical trials are ongoing all over the world. The money raised will enable Jon to proceed with specialised treatment anywhere in the world when it becomes available.

2. Medical research: cancer will be conquered through research and a portion of monies raised will be used for research into ocular melanoma through the charity OcuMel.

3. Education fund: to help Grace and Joel, Jon and Sarah’s nine-month-old twins, in the years to come.

4. Footprints Into Africa: Jon feels passionately about work being done in Africa and has played an active role in this. Last year, he raised money to place a borehole in a small community in Malawi. Money raised will be used to support FIA, a non-profit organisation with the aim of training pastors to carry the gospel throughout Africa, as well as uplifting communities. For more information, log on to www.footprintsintoafrica.com

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