Running to raise funds for kids

2017-09-26 06:01

A chef from George, currently based in the United State of America spared his last days in South Africa raising funds for the Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mitchel Bloem (23) ran 429 km from George to Cape Town in a campaign to raise the R15 000 to support cerebral palsy patients. These are children up to 16 years old who, due to their condition, cannot regulate their body ­temperatures.

The hospital takes care of 85 children who are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds and cannot afford to pay their medical costs. They are provided with specialist orthopaedic surgery and treatment as well as medical and nursing care and rehabilitation.

Bloem says he wanted to make the children feel loved and know the world cares. He says he also aimed to encourage and appreciate the staff at the hospital for the work they do for the children and by improving the quality of their working environment their work would be a little easier.

“In honour of this amazing organisation and the children in their care, I have decided to run from George to Cape Town, a distance of 429 km as a beacon of hope for these children undergoing various Orthopaedic treatments. I want to inspire them to focus all their positive energy on their rehabilitation, so one day, they too can run amazing distances to better the lives of others.” Mitchel says.

He says it was heart-warming for him to see the children and the staff smiling and appreciating his effort.

Bloem has, however, revealed that his journey was not easy as he at some point experienced health problems that required his family’s intervention. He says they helped him achieve his goal.

He also thanked everyone who made a donation.

“With the support of my family, friends, the BackaBuddy team and everyone who’s made donations to my campaign, I have been given the strength and encouragement to keep pushing my limits and expanding my boundaries. It’s been a great test of strength,” he ­explains.

It is said that his walk was made more difficult than he expected when he experienced pain in his knees and had blisters on his feet.

Fiona Kunz, the administrator at the Cottage Hospital says: “Mitchel raised R16 203 for Maitland Cottage Hospital by walking from George to Cape Town.

“This extremely generous donation will be used as a start for the R85 000 we need to put in a borehole at the hospital to enable us to become less dependent on potable ­water.”

She says like many other NPOs, the Cottage Hospital is struggling with getting sufficient funding that will enabled it to provide its beneficiaries with quality services. She encouraged other stakeholders to follow on Bloem’s footsteps and help the NPO’s in their communities. She also thanked everyone who has over the years shown their support and made donations to the Cottage Hospital. “Every little bit counts, these NPOs needs all the support they can get.

A chef from George, currently based in the United State of America spared his last days in South Africa raising funds for the Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mitchel Bloem (23) ran 429 km from George to Cape Town in a campaign to raise the R15 000 to support cerebral palsy patients. These are children up to 16 years old who, due to their condition, cannot regulate their body ­temperatures.

The hospital takes care of 85 children who are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds and cannot afford to pay their medical costs. They are provided with specialist orthopaedic surgery and treatment as well as medical and nursing care and ­rehabilitation.

Bloem says he wanted to make the children feel loved and know the world cares. He says he also aimed to encourage and appreciate the staff at the hospital for the work they do for the children and by improving the quality of their working environment their work would be a little easier.

“In honour of this amazing organisation and the children in their care, I have decided to run from George to Cape Town, a distance of 429 km as a beacon of hope for these children undergoing various Orthopaedic treatments. I want to inspire them to focus all their positive energy on their rehabilitation, so one day, they too can run amazing distances to better the lives of others.” Mitchel says.

He says it was heart-warming for him to see the children and the staff smiling and appreciating his effort.

He also thanked everyone who made a donation.

“With the support of my family, friends, the BackaBuddy team and everyone who’s made donations to my campaign, I have been given the strength and encouragement to keep pushing my limits and expanding my boundaries. It’s been a great test of strength,” he ­explains.

It is said that his walk was made more difficult than he expected when he experienced pain in his knees and had blisters on his feet..

A chef from George, currently based in the United State of America spared his last days in South Africa raising funds for the Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mitchel Bloem (23) ran 429 km from George to Cape Town in a campaign to raise the R15 000 to support cerebral palsy patients. These are children up to 16 years old who, due to their condition, cannot regulate their body ­temperatures.

The hospital takes care of 85 children who are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds and cannot afford to pay their medical costs. They are provided with specialist orthopaedic surgery and treatment as well as medical and nursing care and ­rehabilitation.

Bloem says he wanted to make the children feel loved and know the world cares. He says he also aimed to encourage and appreciate the staff at the hospital for the work they do for the children and by improving the quality of their working environment their work would be a little easier.

“In honour of this amazing organisation and the children in their care, I have decided to run from George to Cape Town, a distance of 429 km as a beacon of hope for these children undergoing various Orthopaedic treatments. I want to inspire them to focus all their positive energy on their rehabilitation, so one day, they too can run amazing distances to better the lives of others.” Mitchel says.

He says it was heart-warming for him to see the children and the staff smiling and appreciating his effort.

Bloem has, however, revealed that his journey was not easy as he at some point experienced health problems that required his family’s intervention. He says they helped him achieve his goal.

He also thanked everyone who made a donation.

“With the support of my family, friends, the BackaBuddy team and everyone who’s made donations to my campaign, I have been given the strength and encouragement to keep pushing my limits and expanding my boundaries. It’s been a great test of strength,” he ­explains.

Fiona Kunz, the administrator at the Cottage Hospital says: “Mitchel raised R16 203 for Maitland Cottage Hospital by walking from George to Cape Town.

“This extremely generous donation will be used as a start for the R85 000 we need to put in a borehole at the hospital to enable us to become less dependent on potable ­water.”

She says like many other NPOs, the Cottage Hospital is struggling with getting sufficient funding that will enabled it to provide its beneficiaries with quality services. She encouraged other stakeholders to follow on Bloem’s footsteps and help the NPO’s in their communities. She also thanked everyone who has over the years shown their support and made donations to the Cottage Hospital.

“Every little bit counts, these NPOs needs all the support they can get.

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