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1 Woman, 650 Kilometres, 15 Days… - For 1 Great Cause.

Antonette Greenaway

A Robertson resident and acknowledged long-distance marathon runner, Antonette Greenaway, is taking on her most gruelling marathon and challenge yet - all in aid of Breede River Hospice - in recognition of the incredible, soul-touching work they do throughout the Langeberg region.

What is likely to be the first feat of its kind to be taken on by a single South African woman, Ms. Greenaway will start off in Port Elizabeth on 1 March and head home to Robertson via the famous Route 62. Dubbed the “Run Route 62 - Have a Heart for Hospice” Marathon, this is one huge undertaking that is worth every bit of attention it can draw.

Ms. Greenaway and her father, Mr Johann Steyn, were deeply touched and uplifted by Breede River Hospice last year during her mother’s end-stage illness. Since her mother’s passing, she has vowed to do something ‘outstanding’ to bring recognition to the Breede River Hospice ‘hearts’ that stood by her, her father and her mother throughout the most difficult time of their lives. In her own words, “…ek dink nie daar word genoeg dankie gesê vir die werk wat julle mensies doen nie.” (“I don’t think enough thanks is ever given for the work you people do.”)

Breede River Hospice in Robertson is a community ‘beacon’ of hope and support that provides their services entirely for free. Beyond caring for terminally- and chronically ill patients, they reach far deeper into their local community providing a whole range of home based care and support services. These include TB/HIV-Aids Prevention, Counselling and Support, private nursing care, ‘Mother and Child’ care, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutritional Support to name a few.

Antonette’s goal is “to raise as much money as possible to help towards sustaining this amazing organisation.” In her call to everyone who might listen or take note, she asks any and everyone, including the media, corporate companies, people at home and people on the street to pledge any amount - from 10 cents to R10 per kilometre… and even more, if you’re prepared ‘to go the extra mile’.” (See last paragraph.)

Antonette Greenaway is a long-standing member of the Nedbank Runner’s Club and represents the Boland in national long-distance marathons country wide. She has participated in several respected endurance races: The Comrades, the Two-Oceans and the Safari Half-Marathon just to mention a few. This ‘Run Route 62’ Marathon will the longest distance she has ever faced.

Ms. Greenaway promises day-by-day accounts of her enduring experiences to be published on her blog ‘Run Route 62’ which will posted to Breede River Hospice’s Facebook page. A Facebook events page has also been set-up for all followers to ‘attend’ and keep pace with her along the way. To follow her story, simply ‘Like’ Breede River Hospice’s Facebook page to ‘tune in’. A route map together with details of her expected arrival/departure schedule will be published online on her blog for anyone to keep pace with her.

Since she announced her intention only last week, several supporting teams and associations have already committed to her cause. Harley Davidson in Cape Town and the Breede River HOG Chapter - both known for their charity motorcycle drives have promised their support - with a convoy of motorbikes keeping the road ahead clear for her - from Montagu to Robertson.

Sponsorships can be either ‘Rate per Kilometre’ or ‘Once Off’ Donations. To add your pound’s worth to this truly worthy cause, please contact Charmaine at Breede River Hospice on Tel: 023 626 5710 - or email: events@hospicebreederiver.org.za. Sponsorship forms can be emailed or downloaded from their Facebook page.

Source: Breede River Hospice Media & Communications Co-ordinator

  Article Date: 18 February 2014


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