They will follow the 37km trail around and over the mountain. Each day. For seven days. Their goal: to change the lives of 7 children (or more) needing facial surgery.
The brain child of HBDS dentist Dr Jean van Lierop who put out a challenge to Cipla Miles for Smiles Ultra Runners – David Grier and Andrew Stuart – to join him in his quest to run the TMC route 7 times, over 7 days.
The 37km route is a tough and challenging trail run, for experienced trail runners who are both fit and capable. There is nothing supplied, no food no water.
So Why do It?
More than 200,000 children are born with facial deformities like cleft lips and palates world-wide every year. It is estimated that every 3 minutes a child is born this way. Many of these children will never have access to the healthcare that could see them live a normal life. They will be ostracized. Discarded by society.
There is hope, however from as little as R7000 these defects can be repaired in an operation that takes about 90 minutes. Inconceivable to a family that can’t even afford food. However charitable organisations like Operation Smile and Miles for Smiles have taken up the gauntlet and have pledged to change these children’s lives.
During this week of blood, sweat, trail and tears these teams will be raising awareness of the plight of these children. They will raise much needed funds, and each team will directly sponsor the surgery of two children.
How YOU can help:
Become aware. Look at your own smile. Notice the smiles of your children and family. Appreciate the beauty of that often, neglected privilege. Then smile more. A smiling South Africa is a beautiful place.
If you want to assist financially you can do so either through the MAD RUN website www.madrun.co.za or by going directly to Miles for smiles at www. milesforsmiles.co.za. Follow @MadRunCT on Twitter and Like www.facebook.com/MadRunCT and use the hashtag #M4SMR to spread word.