AMBASSADORS WITH HEARTS OF GOLD:
Here we acknowledge and thank our Childhood Cancer Ambassadors who have shown that they have Hearts of GOLD by their unsolicited, unselfish deeds in helping Little Fighters Cancer Trust do what we do! Who tirelessly give their time, efforts and very often money as well, to make the lives of our Little Fighters and their families better. These individuals use their sport to do fundraising and create much needed Childhood Cancer Awareness. All of us here at Little Fighters Cancer Trust believe that these souls deserve a special mention, as a sign of our deep appreciation and gratitude.
Francois FAF Naude
Francois “FAF” Naude is a 21-year-old, fitness fanatic from Potchefstroom.
Born 6th January 1994. He played a variety of sport in school, with a focus on cricket and athletics.
Francois is a final year electric and electronic engineering student at NWU-Pukke.
He started running in 2010 with his first race being a 16km race, but he faded away from 2011 to 2014.
In early 2014 he started serious long distance running and started with triathlon in the last quarter of 2014, with the North West Triathlon Championship.
He founded United Challenge in June of 2015 and came across Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s facebook page, and noticed that they advocate Childhood Cancer Awareness as one of the priorities of the work which they do.
Francois, fuelled by a need to DO something, made contact with the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, and offered his time and talents to raise childhood cancer awareness, as well as funds to support the support work we do for children with cancer and their families.
His first major project was the 24 Hour Cycle Challenge (440Km) in October 2015, but sadly he did not complete the race because of extreme heat conditions.
He also takes part in road cycling, road running, duathlon and triathlon races. He completed more than 20 races combined in 2015 and finished 15th in his Age Group in the 5150 African Championships in 2015.
His passions are adventure, reading, training and spending time with people/working with people and journal.
He loves to try things that normal people consider insane or impossible.
His role models are Lance Armstrong, Charley Boorman, Chris Froome, Craig Alexander.
He coaches himself and fund all his races which he races for charity.
Francois trains around 16 to 18 hours a week.
C A R I N A B R U W E R refers to herself as a Jack(ueline!) of all trades. She is a professional musician, a record breaking marathon swimmer, business owner, executive producer, artist manager, music promoter, charity supporter and (most importantly) a mother of two.
As the lead player and founder of the multiple award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ, Carina is not only one of the most recognisable instrumental musicians in South Africa; she has also made an indelible mark on the open water and marathon swimming record books through many daring and record-breaking swimming feats. Her business, Five Seasons Entertainment, has become synonymous with the South African special events industry, and she has created and guided musical acts to success against all odds in the notoriously rocky music industry. In 2012, she became involved with the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, an NPO which supports children with cancer and their families, and has contributed to significant fundraising and awareness building efforts through her “Swim For Hope” initiative.
Carina completed the degree BMus (Hons) cum laude majoring in Solo Flute at the University of Stellenbosch in 2002, and – instead of following the example of her peers by trying to find a job in an orchestra or as a music teacher (or doing the wise thing and finding a different career altogether!) – Carina started a business in order to promote herself and her affiliated musical groups to the event industry. She was soon representing dozens of artists who were in need of promotion, and through what was now called Five Seasons Entertainment, created and facilitated regular performance opportunities for a large number of performers. At the same time, Carina was still performing at various events and concerts, and she spent an increasing amount of time feeding what has now become her number one addiction – swimming.
Carina won the female category of this race and finished 4th overall, and the open water swimming stalwarts of the Cape Long Distance Association took notice, and encouraged Carina to do some of the other big solo swims that Cape Town waters had to offer. Not that she needed encouragement; the ocean was calling her name, and she answered with dozens of successful extreme swims across the world between 2003 and 2006, with many records and firsts being added to her name.
In March 2005 Carina attempted crossing False Bay, a 36km swim across the white shark capital of the world. The swim had been attempted some 20 times, with only 2 successful crossings at the time. She had been on standby for 2 months, waiting for the wind to drop, and on the 6th of March – a wind free but misty and cool day – Carina started her swim at 06:30 from Millers Point in heavy fog and water of 13-14 degrees. The team was hoping for conditions to improve as the sun came up, but nature had other plans. Four hours into the swim, the conditions remained ominous, and Carina was dangerously hypothermic. She was pulled out semi-unconscious after five hours, having completed only 16km of her dream swim.
A year later on 26 February 2006, Carina swam across False Bay in 10h58, becoming only the third person in history to do so.
Her epic False Bay crossing was followed by a few fast-paced swims in 2006, including the 30km crossing of the Messinian Gulf (Greece), the 20km marathon around Key West Island (USA) and various Robben Island crossings. At the same time, Five Seasons Entertainment was expanding swiftly, and Carina was performing and recording with flamenco outfit Casta Alma. In 2007, she took the first steps towards realising her musical dream of bringing the flute to a wider, more contemporary audience by founding Classical crossover group Sterling EQ. Under Carina’s guidance, Sterling EQ became a household name in the South African music industry, with performing, touring, recording and managing the act soon taking up most of Carina’s time. Having become a mother for the first time in 2008, and again in 2011, Carina’s time was now divided between a dual career in the music industry, and raising her two daughters.
Her drive and passion for the music industry and Sterling EQ culminated in winning a coveted South African Music Award (SAMA) for Sterling EQ Live in Concert – a live DVD which Carina dreamed up and produced – in 2011. In the same year, Sterling EQ performed live on 120 occasions, one of which was the annual Gold Event of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), an organisation supporting children with cancer and their families. Carina was deeply touched by the organisation’s work, as well as the challenge faced by the children and their families, and became more and more involved with LFCT.
And so, Swim For Hope was born in 2013. For the first time in 6 years, Carina took to the cold Atlantic Ocean wearing only a swimsuit, cap and goggles, and rounded Cape Point with its notoriously wild and shark infested waters in 12 degrees Celsius, in a time of 2h36, reaching Buffels Bay in a severely hypothermic state. She raised R17,000 and a lot of media coverage for Little Fighters Cancer Trust. In 2014, in an effort to raise more money and exposure, Carina invited 14 other experienced open water swimmers to join her in what turned out to be a dramatic and record breaking group rounding of the Cape of Storms, raising over R115,000.
Sors GURU Grobbelaar
Professional Combat Sports athlete
Sors GURU Grobbelaar is a professional combat sports athlete that actively competes in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), K-1, Low Kick, Kickboxing, Muaythai & Boxing. He has been competing in Martial Arts (mainly Kickboxing) for the last 18 years (since 1997). He has been privileged enough to Officially represent South Africa several times abroad in World Cups and World Championships and he has also won the WAKO African Low Kick Championships in Antananarivo in September 2012.
He has a full time job as a SHEQ Officer (Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality) at George Airport and is proud patent to two beautiful girls, Johanli & Emma-Jane’ with his wife Ilse. He is also an active ambassador for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and uses his fights to help make people aware of Childhood Cancer. He is the owner and head trainer at Scorpions Martial Arts Academy (Semi, Light & Full Contact Kickboxing, Low Kick & K-1) and Brothers Combat Institute (Muaythai, MMA, Boxing & BJJ)