Wednesday October 6 marked “World Cerebral Palsy Day” and with that the Fit for Logan Challenge has officially come to an end.
We are still finalising the monies raised through pledges, however, whatever amount has been donated we can say that overall the Challenge has been a triumphant success.
Goals set included ones of personal weight-loss, raising funds towards Logan Bartle’s on-going and excessive medical bills and to create awareness about cerebral palsy.
These have been achieved in varying degrees and we are grateful to the East London community who have shared our journey.
An added benefit of the challenge was the relationship built with Canaan Care Centres which takes care of Logan during school hours.
The GO! & Express visited the Centre in June when it was decided we would form part of their Adopt-A-Room project for our Mandela Day initiative.
In partnership with private individuals and local businesses Pot O’ Curry, SE Bookkeeping and Burmeisters as well as Duram Smart Paints we redecorated a room and turned it from ‘drab to fab.’
We were not the only ones that contributed to the project though, as a further 6 rooms were adopted by the community.
The other rooms depict an assortment of themes such as those off llamas, rainbows, proteas, forests, outer space as well as an underwater theme.
Canaan were also given the opportunity of having monthly articles published about the centre and after reading one of these an Arcadia Rotary member arranged for a pool fence to be erected by Jacobsen Trust.
Centre Fundraiser and Marketing Liaison Leigh Tebbutt extended their gratitude for the awareness that the Fit for Logan Challenge has brought to the Centre.
“Through this initiative we have met the GO! & Express and have built up a super relationship with your team,” says Tebbutt.
“We have received so much exposure and media coverage and love the relationship we have developed with your paper,” she continues.
However, though the official challenge is at an end, the need of assistance by Logan and Canaan continues.
Thankfully, there are other sources of help coming in, such as the recent concert held by Can of Worms SA at the Guild Theatre. Part of the ticket sales were to be shared with Canaan.
An upcoming fundraiser for Logan will include a performance by well-known South African singer, Lloyd Cele.
All of our readers have shown such considerable support towards the Fit for Logan Challenge participants over the last couple of months and so we ask you to please extend that support directly to Logan and Canaan by supporting their future fundraising drives.
Thank you, East London, for your support and encouragement over these last couple of months.
You have all made a huge impact in the lives of all those concerned.
The GO! & Express is the official media sponsor of the Fit for Logan Challenge.