Welcome to The Rachel Swart Fund
Right from our earliest beginnings in 1960, The Rachel Swart Fund has been inspired by the courage and fortitude of those it serves.
Above all, we identify with disabled people's wish to lead full, active and independent lives – which we help them to achieve by providing motorised wheelchairs and devices for specialised postural support.
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- DAYLIGHT AGAIN CONCERTS AT THE MASQUE THEATRE, MUIZENBERG: Tues 29 and Wed 30 March, 2016
- 21km OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON: Saturday 26 March, 2016
Daylight Again Concerts
Four-piece southern rock band Wroxeter performed two concerts at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on the 29th and 30th of March 2016. Music from artists such as, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles had audiences tapping their feet to the rhythm, as they meandered down memory lane with the band.
21km OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON
The Fund has vouchers available again in 2016 for runners who want to support our cause of assisting those living with disabilities, while also enjoying the build-up and the atmosphere on the day of the incomparable half marathon. Jeremy Hazell will once again be participating in his manual wheelchair, setting the pace with his motivation and energising spirit. In 2015 we were able to raise R70,000. In 2016 we will be pushing hard to reach our target of R100,000 through this event.
If you prefer the couch, please donate here to support your favourite runner!
On Easter Saturday, 19 April 2014, Jeremy Hazell became the first person to complete the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) in his regular day wheelchair, fitted only with a third accessory wheel for improved steering and manoevreability. Jeremy completed the event in a time of 6h40m, finishing with 20 minutes to spare before the cutoff time.
Jeremy, 63, was an active outdoorsman and lover of the mountains when he was paralysed in a fall on Table Mountain in 1998. He has been a wheelchair user ever since. After 13 years of inactivity and declining health he was inspired by a Tim Noakes article on the now-famous LCHF (low-carbohydrate high-fat) / Banting diet to revitalise his health and start exercising seriously, losing 30 kg in the process. Fittingly the 56km Ultra Marathon route crisscrosses the Table Mountain chain where Jeremy challenged his nemesis.
In 2012, Jeremy completed the OMTOM Half Marathon course (21 km), in appallingly wild, wet and windy conditions. In doing so, he raised in excess of R50,000 for Senecio, an organisation which provides support for people with disabilities from underprivileged communities in the Helderberg. Undaunted, Jeremy returned to complete the OMTOM Half Marathon again in 2013. Since then, he has completed a number of other half marathons and events of varying distances, some involving rough and gravelly terrain. A significant highlight, in February 2013, was Jeremy's finishing the full Peninsula Marathon (42 km) in a time of 4h41m. On 16 February 2014 he repeated that feat in much hotter and windier conditions, completing the Peninsula Marathon in 4h38m, thereby qualifying his entry for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2014.
During events, Jeremy uses a clip-on third wheel called a FreeWheel, but does not use a racing wheelchair. He participates as a member of the Chaeli Sports & Recreation Club, in their distinctive purple colours.
Jeremy says, "I am inspired by the many disabled people who live out the motto that they prefer to be known for what they can do rather than by what they can't do. I hope, by taking on this crazy challenge, people will donate generously to two very worthy causes, enabling those less fortunate than others of us to access their abilities."