Spinning® Marathon Benefits Hospice Wits and Smile Foundation
Denise Modlin started the Kia Spinning® Marathon in 1996 shortly after she became a certified Spinning instructor and opened the first Official Spinning Facility in Wendywood Sandton, South Africa. Denise lost her father to cancer in 1995, and she formed a close affinity to the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand (Hospice Wits). Since then, Denise has coordinated 14 Spinning marathons for Hospice Wilts, and this year’s event benefited Hospice Wits and the Smile Foundation. The funds raised will be used to support the Palliative Care Programs of Hospice Wits, and the work of the Smile Foundation in providing reconstructive and plastic surgery for children with treatable facial conditions.
This year’s 9-hour event had 110 Spinner® bikes on the floor and 10 on stage. Each session ran for 50 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between to facilitate changeover of bikes. A Spinning instructor led the rides with the company of five celebrities on stage. Sports, TV, and radio celebrities were in attendance, as well as celebrity DJs who played music during the rides.
About The Smile Foundation:
The Smile Foundation is a South African NGO that assists children with any type of facial conditions, to receive free corrective Plastic and Reconstructive surgery within South Africa. We help children who suffer from treatable facial abnormalities such as Cleft Lip and Palate, burn victims, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis) and other conditions. We are currently based in 7 Academic Hospitals around South Africa. We are investing in the medical teams we work with, through a Skills Development program, and we assist the hospitals by purchasing equipment for use by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our Chief Patron Nelson Mandela’s wish is for us to assist as many children around South Africa as possible to alleviate the stigma attached to living with facial condition. For more information, visit the Smile Foundation online at www.smilefoundation.co.za. Make a donation today! Help put a smile on a child’s face today!
About Hospice Wits:
You matter until the very last moments of your life. You deserve to live comfortably, and with passion, but most of all you deserve to live. Having a terminal illness does not mean that your life is over. It simply means that you have a better idea than most people of when you are going to die. Hospice is an organization that helps you, through palliative care, in making the most of life. We do all that we can to improve the quality of life for everyone we touch, and because we deal with people, and people have emotional, intellectual, social and physical needs. We believe that you should not only be able to die peacefully, and in comfort, we believe that you should be able to live until you die.
- Hospice provides a service 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to patients and their families.
- Care is provided to those in need without regard of ethnic group, religion, colour, creed or ability to pay.
- Hospice Witwatersrand serves Greater Johannesburg, Soweto and the South West Rand including the informal settlements in and around these areas.