UCT Scrub Run
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Running for Red Cross’s “Weekend Waiting List Initiative”
The Surgical Society is a group of medical students from the University of Cape Town, all with a common passion for surgery and outreach. Each year, the UCT Surgical Society organises an event to raise funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. All proceeds from the event go towards a worthwhile initiative called “The Weekend Waiting List Initiative,” which aims to combat the protracted waiting list at Red Cross Children’s Hospital by providing an additional pro bono day of surgery (on a Saturday) for the children. This initiative has been running since 2011 and has thus far enabled more than 800 operations to be performed on children who otherwise would have had to wait months.
What the “Scrub Run” entails is a group of passionate medical students who will be running the 10KM Peace Run at the Cape Town Marathon on 15th September 2019 in their medical scrubs in order to raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause. We are also extremely grateful to the Paediatric Surgery Team from Red Cross, who have organised a number of surgeons to join the medical students on the run. It is sure to be a festive event!
Last year, they collectively managed to raise R150 000, with 100% of proceeds going towards “The Weekend Waiting List Initiative”.
With your help, they hope to exceed their target from last year so that we can provide even more children with the surgeries that they so desperately need. They have raised R45 000 thus far and need your help to reach their fundraising target of R150 000 plus.
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Behind the peace run is to collect donations for every kilometre the participants complete. The initiative will use the GivenGain platform, a safe portal that allows donors to make their contributions straight into the charity’s account. GivenGain will manage all donations and all proceeds will go towards the “Weekend Waiting List Initiative”.