88-year-old Chris Bradley is a man with a plan. The plan being to walk 700 kilometres in aid of Thárros Family Centre, to raise much needed funds for the restoration of the home after a devastating fire. Making this cause extra special is that he won’t only be helping children in need, but walking for his own daughters’ passions and dreams.
Thárros was founded by Therese Sampson, Bradley’s daughter, in 2016. The centre, located in the Eastern Cape, renders services to children and families in the Hankey and surrounding areas. Temporary safe care, foster family support, parenting skills programmes, homework support at local schools, and community development projects is just some of the work carried out.
It’s Sampson’s goal to help as many children in need as possible, and Bradley has always wanted to play his part in daughters’ endeavours. In fact, he planned to make “THE WALK” when he turned 90-years-old.
But in September 2021, the fire broke out. Thankfully, no staff or children were injured but the building suffered extensive damage. The safe house was forced to close. Thárros’ main source of income is through self-generated projects, fundraisers and donations.
On a phone call discussing “THE WALK”, Bradley’s daughter questioned; “Well, what’s the difference between 88 and 90?”. And so it all started…
Chris’ ambition was to literally walk the route between his hometown in Somerset West and Hankey, where Thárros is situated. However, due to safety concerns, it was decided that he would embark on his quest from the safety of his neighbourhood.
He will now walk the equivalent distance in and around his area. The last 100 kilometres will be meted out closer to Thárros with the final step ending at their doorstep. Chris will walk a minimum of 10 kilometres per day, accomplishing the entire walk within three months.
Mr Bradley, you are a rockstar and we couldn’t be prouder to share your story with the people of Cape Town. Help reach the R100 000 goal for Thárros here.
Picture: Tharros Family Centre