Where to after Craig...
It’s hard to imagine Craig would have any idea of the size of the legacy he was to leave behind him.
After his sad and tragic death, the members of the Believe Project were determined to not only continue but to grow Believe in order to raise maximum funds to support others suffering as Craig did.
In the years since, the Believe Project has hosted 3 very successful Mountain Bike races at Northern Farms, with the 4th happening in September this year.
The Believe Project is proud to have raised R2.1 million rand in Craig’s memory and in support of children with cancer, thanks to the ongoing support of our hard working committee, our wonderful sponsors, family and friends.
Craig, who was dubbed a Legend, would be enormously proud of the legacy he left behind.
Craig Bainbridge, was diagnosed with Gastro/Esophageal Cancer in November 2009. At the time he was residing in Dubai, working as a teacher. In October, prior to being diagnosed with Cancer, Craig was rushed into the Dubai Neuro/spinal hospital to remove a brain tumor that had formed over the front left quadrant of his brain. Subsequent to the successful removal of the tumour and a series of radiation treatments to his brain, scans showed that Craig’s cancer had already spread to most of the organs in his body. He was given 6 months to live.
He returned home to South Africa and his family for treatment, but was without any medical aid cover. He underwent his initial chemotherapy treatment at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and later at the Donald Gordon Hospital under Dr Adam Nosworthy.
Craig was one of those rare people who simply loved life and lived it to its fullest, never complaining about anything, but making the most and best out of everything, including cancer.
In his short life time Craig lived and worked overseas in the UK and in Taiwan where he taught English, and in Dubai where he taught physical education and Maths. At school he achieved colours for Athletics and Rugby, and won awards for acting.
During his life he bungy-jumped and skydived, taught himself to ski and went diving with sharks. He ran the Comrades Marathon and swam in 5 Midmar Miles races. He was a keen golfer and all round sportsman.
Seven months before he died he married his beloved and long-time partner Kate.
Five months before he died he cycled the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, for the Cows, in order to raise funds for children suffering with cancer.
He fought valiantly for 18 months, three times longer than he was given by doctors.
Craig Bainbridge died at the age of 31. He will never be forgotten and will always be missed!
After Craig passed away the family agreed that it was imperative to keep the Believe Project going in order to honour Craig, his life, and his heroic fight and also in order to continue to raise funds for others suffering from cancer. We chose to continue supporting CHOC, through the awesome efforts of the cows.
A fantastic Mountain Bike event was also started in 2010 and we will be hosting the 4th Believe MTB Race at Northern Farms in September. Once again all proceeds will go directly to CHOC.
And lastly, the Believe family and friends continue to swim the Midmar Mile, and cycle races such as The Cape Town Cycle Tour, Amasova, The Trans Baviaans and the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, all in cow suits, some pulling ice-cream bikes, some doing 2 laps of the race, all pushing ourselves beyond our own personal limits in order to honour Craig and help save lives.
We would love you to partner with us in any of these events, either by taking part or by making a donation to the very worthy cause of saving children’s lives.