TBZ cyclist project: 1000km for Baby Reef

THABAZIMBI –Darrel Jennings from Thabazimbi is embarking on a 1000km trip, starting on Friday 27 January 2012 to raise money and awareness for Baby Reef.

Baby Reef (Donald James Carneson) was born on 17 September 2008. He was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at just 5 months old.

After receiving a bone marrow transplant, little Reef’s problems escalated. He developed Graft-Versus-Host-Disease (GVHD) which is a complication that can occur after a bone marrow transplant in which the newly transplanted material attacks the transplant recipient’s body. Little Reef spent his first birthday in isolation. He has been fighting infections and seizures, yet he is a little boy that lights up a room with laughter.

Reef is now 3 years old and wears baby clothing (6-12 months). He walks with support and can only say one word, Mama. His skin is red and inflamed and itches uncontrollably. His Graft-Versus-Host-Disease has caused contractures on his hands, hips, knees and ankles. His parents have located doctors that can help their little warrior at the Los Angeles Childrens Hospital.

For Reef’s full story, visit  www.savebabyreef.com or his facebook page 1000 candles for Baby Reef.

Reef’s parents still need to raise the $500 000 for the full 2 year treatment. If Reef doesn’t get the treatment that is necessary, it may lead to deafness and blindness and he might be wheelchair bound.

Jennings’s route is as follows: Thabazimbi, Atlanta Holiday Resort, Hartebeespoortdam, Springs, Balfour, Standerton, Volksrust, Newcastle, Dundee, Ladysmith, Escort, Mooi Rivier, Midmar dam, Camperdown and Durban.

The community of Thabazimbi can help by pledging your choice of the following: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and so forth. The pledge you make will be multiplied by the amount of kilometres on his clock. For example, 1000km x 10c = R100 or R1 = R1000. By pledging the amount of your choice you are automatically entered into a lucky draw, person that has the correct km reading, wins a week’s accommodation at Atlanta Holiday resort. Contact Darryl on 083 649 9707 to become a part of this wonderful event.

The journey will start from Thaba Park’s parking lot at 8:00 on Friday 27 January. He challenges the Thabazimbi community to ride the first 8km up to Thabazimbi Golf Club with him. All it takes is a small donation of your choice, to enter. He will bid Thabazimbi farewell at the golf course and will then be on his way to Durban.

On the third day of riding, a group of cyclist will be riding from Hartebeespoortdam to Garsfontein in Pretoria. The ride is almost 60km and they will end at the Thunder Valley Spur where all will be having lunch. The restaurant has agreed to give back 10% of their total purchase to “1000km for Baby Reef” fund. Those who want to join in the ride or even just the lunch at Thunder Valley Spur can contact Darrel.

Darrel Jennings next to his bicycle which will take him 1000km to raise funds and awareness for Baby Reef.