Climbing and Hiking to raise funds for people and animals in need
Saturday 11 November saw 45 participants in this year’s Climb4Hope climbing and hiking event gather at de Bos at 6.30 am.
After registration and a quick briefing, the crowd dispersed. Some heading out to the beautiful Oorlogs Kloof, others on a mission to climb some of the classic ridge lines around Montagu, while other groups headed for various hiking trails and climbing crags. The weather was ideal, with partly cloudy skies and a cool breeze at times.
After a day in the hills, weary participants returned to hand in their “Papers”. At 6pm everyone gathered at de Bos again for the evening’s speeches and prize giving as well as a short talk from each of the beneficiaries:
DKMS (ex Sunflower Fund): For their tireless work in the field of the recruitment of donors for bone marrow transplant in cancer patients.
Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary: For their deep love and care for all things donkey.
Animals Matter Langeberg: For their incredibly selfless work helping animals in the Langeberg area.
After all the talks, a great meal was served up by Andy and Tracy from de Bos, who, as usual, did a stellar job.
A huge thanks to everybody who participated as well as to our very generous sponsors: Petzl, Adventure Inc, Cape Union Mart, Outdoor Warehouse, Sportsmans Warehouse, Black Diamond, Montagu Snacks, The Montagu Country Hotel, Sanbona, Excelsior wines and Eseltjiesrus Donkey sanctuary.
Together we managed to raise in excess of R110 000, which will be split evenly between the 3 beneficiaries.
Thanks also to Tracy and Andy of De Bos for hosting the event in brilliant style, once again! – from their cute, entertaining donkeys, to doing an exceptional job with the braaing and food, and the delicious brownies from Patsy (my wife). Thanks also to the Montagu Tourism Office – for your sponsorship and all the exposure you gave the event – much appreciated.
Hope to see all of you next year again and many others as well.
For more info on the Climb4HopeSA Foundation and on our three beneficiaries please visit:
DKMS (Sun Flower Fund): www.dkms-africa.org/