Participating in the recent University of Cape Town (UCT) Scrub Run, Western Cape minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, showed she’s got what it takes to go the distance. On Sunday 15 September, Mbombo joined members of the UCT Surgical Society, one of the largest student-led societies on campus, for the annual 10km run which forms part of the Peace Run at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Putting on their running shoes, and surgical scrubs, they took to Cape Town’s streets to raise funds, and awareness, for the Weekend Waiting List initiative at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.Savannah Verhage, head of social events and outreach at the UCT Surgical Society, says it was inspiring to see Mbombo’s passion and support for this worthy cause. “The minister’s spokesperson, Nomawethu Sbukwana, reached out to us, saying the minister had heard of the Scrub Run and was eager to assist the future doctors of South Africa in their endeavours to make a difference in the health system of our country,” says Verhage.A few weeks later Mbombo, dressed in watermelon-pink scrubs, arrived at the starting line at Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, at 06:30, ready to take on the challenge. The minister says the race was rather difficult because she wasn’t able to train as much as she hoped to. “Leading up to the run, I had a hectic schedule which made it difficult to exercise. But I was able to participate and that is what counts.” Mbombo says she is deeply touched by this initiative, which shows the dedication and commitment of future doctors. “I felt the need to participate and assist them in ensuring that they meet their target. This will go a long way towards ensuring the children get operated on and do not spend time on the waiting list.” For more information, email Savannah Verhage on email@example.com or the Children’s Hospital Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org.