North Durban runners honour cancer super heroes

THROUGH September, a group of local runners raised money for the nonprofit Rainbows and Smiles, while also putting a spotlight on childhood cancer.

Led by Durban North resident Denise Towell, the group of around 20 residents, from the Covid Runners group, has raised more than R15,000 for the organization by running through the streets of North Durban in superhero outfits.

According to Towell, Rainbows and Smiles provides emotional, social and financial support to children with cancer or life-threatening illness, as well as families and caregivers.

Towell, a volunteer for the organization, said she was encouraged by the response from the community in northern Durban, who expressed support for the group’s efforts.

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“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Rainbows and Smiles supporters and volunteers are honoring childhood cancer survivors by running every day for 30 days. I ran 10km all September and every day we ran we had the names of these incredible superhero kids battling cancer written on our hands and arms. I was so happy with our running group and how they opened their hearts to support this initiative,” said Towell.

“One of the other members of our group, Stephen de Sousa, ran like Superman and our outfits really caught the attention of people who saw us around. They often asked why we were dressed up and we told them all about Rainbows and Smiles. I want to thank everyone who contributed to this great cause and everyone across the country who contributed,” she said.

Somerset Park resident Dave Anstey said he was thrilled to be part of the fundraiser.

“I didn’t run every day, but I joined the group where I could. The kids we ran for were our inspiration and we had them in mind as we covered the miles. I feel that Rainbows and Smiles is doing an incredible job and we hope others will support them in helping children with cancer,” he said.

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