“Discovering the other side of Me”

 

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What Drives Me

My Story

Approximately 9 years ago at the age of 45 I was diagnosed with a condition known as Inclusion Body Myositis. The cause of inclusion body myositis isn’t well understood but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms include progressive muscle weakness with the main impact  in the loss of the quadriceps, strength in the hands and the difficulty in swallowing.

This disease comes upon one very suddenly and amidst the throes of life it certainly changed my perspective thereof. At that time I was a very active person. During the day I was employed by a blue-chip corporate and at night I would involve myself in my other passion as a lay minister in the church. Thankfully I had and still have, a wonderful family who surround and support me.  

Now 9 years later my body is beginning to take strain due to the impact of this disease.  Stairs have become a nightmare and walking distances is simply not an option without some sort of aid device. As there is no cure for this condition the only alternative is to try and remain active. As many of you know, to get up every day and to exercise is a challenge and certainly is so for me. So, I had to make some decisions and that is why I have embarked on this journey.

The Other Side Of The Coin

When we are down we often creep into the dark hole of ourselves and simply hope that our problems would go away. But they don’t! This is what started happening to me. I had to start looking at the other side of the coin, the other side of me and that’s exactly what I did.  I had to stop looking at myself and focus on others. Others who have far less than I have.  

During my activity as a minister I met many people who have some incredible challenges to manage. I can still walk, I can smile, I can talk and so with this in mind this initiative was created.  

My goal is to Encourage All to Help Others and in so doing to Help Themselves.  

What do I want to achieve? 

As I do not have the ability to run like I used to I have decided to take up the challenge to Swim. Despite being unable to comfortably swim 10 laps in the pool, I know it is something than I can still do. Herein lies the opportunity to move, to be healthy and to enjoy the privileges I still have today.

So Whats The Goal?

By the 10th December 2019 I will

Swim 10, 000 lengths in the pool with the Help of Others

I will swim at least 100 laps per week with a personal goal of 5000 laps/lengths of a 20m to 25m pool over the entire period

Raise R25,000 to buy at least 10 wheelchairs or aid devices

Encourage at least 20 other persons to commit to swim and join me in this initiative by swimming 250 lengths per person in total

Goal = 10k Lengths

Goal = R25k in Donations

Goal = 10 Wheel Chairs or the equivalent assistive devices

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Swimming Partners 

These are my new partners who are helping me swim our goal of 10,000 lengths.

Target reached if more than 250 lengths has been completed. 

 

Jonathan Lassen

Jonathan Lassen

250 Lengths

Ricardo Leibrandt

Ricardo Leibrandt

60 Lengths so far

Hannah Schubert

Hannah Schubert

400+ Lengths so far

Ethan Schubert

Ethan Schubert

127 Lengths so far

Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis

125 lengths so far

Marinda Lindeque

Marinda Lindeque

1695 Lengths

Francois vd Merwe

Francois vd Merwe

528 Lengths

Gillian vd Merwe

Gillian vd Merwe

16 Lengths so far

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Sponsors/Donations

These are our Gold Sponsors who have donated R 500 or more

 

Ian Barrable

Ian Barrable

Colin of Axial Consulting

Colin of Axial Consulting

Michaelangelo of Southern Signs

Michaelangelo of Southern Signs

Bronwyn of Travessentials

Bronwyn of Travessentials

Veronica of Chamelonskills

Veronica of Chamelonskills

Adrian of Adies Electrical

Adrian of Adies Electrical

Victoria of Remax Premier

Victoria of Remax Premier

Paula of Tokai Forest Guest House

Paula of Tokai Forest Guest House

Burgert of BFH de Jager Project Managers

Burgert of BFH de Jager Project Managers

Round Table Peninsula

Round Table Peninsula

Masakhe Foundation

Masakhe Foundation

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