Melbourne Marathon Festival 2014: Rutendo Gets the Global ECCT Ball Rolling!

All the best in your 10km run Rutendo!

All the best in your 10km run Rutendo!

Meet Rutendo Chingwena…who is from Zimbabwe and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is the latest of one of our global members JOINING the 10km run in the Melbourne Marathon on Sunday 12 October 2014. Rutendo is running to provide five cancer patients’ families with medications, food for their families and school fees for some of the children.

We met up with Rutendo so we could thank her for joining the team of runners and to ask her why she has decided to join the Global Family of ECCT.

Rutendo, thank you so much for deciding to join us for such a worthy cause. Tell us – why are you running to support the ECCT patients in Zimbabwe?
Because I know how much cancer affects lives, more so those who have no access to medical care and financial support. I also really believe in the work that the ECCT does.
The mother and sister of Virimayi, 1 of the cancer patients we are assisting - receiving their food delivery last week. The ECCT also supports Virimayi's sister - Tanyaradzwa with school fees. Rutendo will play a part in making a difference to the lives of the ECCT patients & their families.

The mother and sister of Virimayi, 1 of the cancer patients we are assisting – receiving their food delivery last week. The ECCT also supports Virimayi’s sister – Tanyaradzwa with school fees. Rutendo will play a part in making a difference to the lives of the ECCT patients & their families.

Cancer is so prevalent nowadays and is now the leading cause of death in Zimbabwe. Have you had any personal encounter with cancer be it yourself, a family member or friend and how were you affected?
One of the first loves of my life – my darling grandfather – died of lung cancer. He lived with us in the last year of his life. Everyday I saw less life in his eyes, and watched his painful suffering. It wrecked me, because I was very close to my beloved Khulu. I was only grateful that my parents were able to provide him with the best medical care possible. It was such a hard time in our lives, I can’t imagine how much more challenging it would have been without access to good doctors, healthy food and family support.
I think that all aspects of the support the ECCT is providing the cancer patients are important. There are so many aspects of people’s lives that are affected by cancer – all valid, all important, all necessary for holistic recovery.
We are sorry to hear about your grandfather Rutendo. May His soul continue to rest in peace. And how are you training for the 10km run and how is it going so far?
I’m running a few kilometres every other day! It’s tough but thank God its getting warmer! It encourages me to be outdoors more!
Rutendo, we wish you the best as you prepare and look forward to hearing how you go next week!
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