Christiaan Greyling Is Climbing Seven Summits In Seven Days For Charity

The trail athlete is out to make a difference.

Sidima Mfeku |

One of the things that make life interesting is setting challenging goals for yourself. Reaching those goals makes you want to keep at it over and over again, something that South Africa’s top trail athlete Christiaan Greyling has been doing over the years.

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This Is Christiaan’s Cause

In a bid to raise funds for differently abled children to enjoy the freedom to move and learn, South African trail runner Christiaan Greyling will climb seven summits in seven days with his son joining him on one of the days.

The first mountain to climb will be the highest mountain in the Western Cape, Seweweekspoort on Monday September 9. Ending with Simonsberg in Stellenbosch on Sunday September 15.

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…[I will] raise funds for a state-of-the-art special care school with a clinic and specially-designed playground to aid movement

“My new challenge aims to make people aware of the challenges that disabled children face. To do this I will summit seven Western Cape mountains, of more than 1000m vertical ascent each, in seven days to raise funds for a state-of-the-art special care school with a clinic and specially-designed playground to aid movement,” Greyling says.

In 2016, Greyling made headlines when he slept on Table Mountain and when he ran 21km to and from his job in Wynberg, Cape Town to raise awareness for transport issues faced by many on a daily basis.

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How Can You Help?

This time the athlete has challenged the public from anywhere in the country to take part in his cause and make a difference. The trail athlete is inviting  those who hope to take part to join his Strava Club to climb wherever they are in the country, and gain vertical meters during this week with the purpose to raise one rand for every one vertical metre climbed .

With the help of his sponsors (Biogen, K-Way, Garmin, Adidas and Homechoice Development Trust) there are rewards for the adventurous supporters of Christiaan’s cause, categorised from the most vertical meters climbed, the best photo during the week and most funds raised. The less adventurous can also lend a helping hand in this initiative by donating an amount of their choice to givengain.

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“By summiting mountains, we experience freedom and by moving, we can give freedom to others. By summiting a mountain, a day I’m aiming to raise one rand for every one vertical metre climbed during the week by any of the club members, with the final goal being R50 000,” he says.

His charity of choice is Starting Chance, A non-profit organisation in Emfuleni in Cape Town. The project partially funded by HomeChoice is committed to to making a difference in the lives of children in the early childhood sector.

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