Bone Marrow Registry hopes to drum up support at Tour Durban race

IT’S been a difficult time for the past two years for many South Africans, and for those who need life-saving bone-marrow transplants, it has been extremely difficult.

The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) will join forces with the aQuellé Tour Durban over the weekend of September 10 and 11 to drum up awareness and funds for their efforts.

“We are calling on cyclists and corporates to help us raise funds through this event. Non-profit organizations were some of the hardest hit financially due to the economic downturn during the pandemic, and while the SABMR managed to keep assisting patients in need, we too, were affected.

“The Registry is currently trying to assist six individuals who require bone-marrow stem-cell transplants, as they are not in the financial position to cover donor-related costs. Therefore, the funds raised through this initiative will go directly towards our Patient Assistance Programme (PAP),” said Kapil Premchand, KZN’s Sustainability and Donor Recruitment Coordinator for SABMR.

The Domino Foundation is the event’s official benefactor, and all entry fees go towards their efforts throughout the communities of Durban. However, the event allows other charities to use it as a springboard for donations and awareness.

“We’re excited to announce that we have been given the go-ahead to proceed with a handful of planned fundraising events, following months of uncertainty, especially in KwaZulu-Natal recently. To give a much-needed boost to our fundraising efforts, we have registered as a secondary charity for the upcoming aQuellé Tour Durban this September.”