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Filling the bags.

I arrived home with a car full of gear.   It was now time to get everything packed for three months on the road into two bags. This is no small task. It’s the tent, sleeping bag, 5 pairs of running shoes. Cold weather gear. Smaller running bags, the running gear, all the electronic stuff I need and medical kit. The pile was massive. I looked at this and the two bags and knew from the outset it was an impossible task.   Jade my youngest daughter has helped...

Mental and Physical Preparation

We all have different ways that work for us when preparing for an event, be it in business, a personal journey or a physical event, it all boils down to this effort that you put into the preparation beforehand. Remember never underestimate the importance of this preparation.   I feel that the most frustrating thing is that this preparation will always have the elements of repetition; boring bits that you feel are ultimately just time consuming and end up being physically and mentally draining. Day in and day...

Dream it, do it.

The one thing that I have learnt the hard way is that nothing really happens unless you personally take hold of the situation and physically drive it yourself.   So often I sit back and watch how many people think that by pushing out an E-mail, the rest will happen, everything will fall into place and, “Wow it’s so simple”, the person on the other end will now deliver. Unfortunately, this is normally where things end, stop and flop. Remember as you hit the send button your...

Training: it’s crucial in getting there

It’s been another hard energy-sapping week of training – about 200 kms have been completed, the distance is starting to get taxing, it’s relentless. We are now running every morning, getting up at 4-30 in the dark. I have a 40-minute drive to meet Andrew on the mountain before we start. It’s then dragging my tired body out of the car only to hear Andy’s morning chirp.   “Uncle D! Hope you brought you’re A-game today, as well as your B and C.” As this relentless scrap with...

Assembling the crew

Reflecting on the past journeys, the assembling of the different teams has always been an interesting process as the journey evolves. There is in a way a common evolution that unfolds every time.   It begins with the initial first reaction to each other as the team members meet each other for the first time. Then there is the slow process of building as a unit, finding cohesion and ultimately becoming as one, as a fully functional single-minded entity. This is the ultimate team, the perfection that...

Into the west and the Unknown

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says when a man awakens in the morning, he is presented with two daily choices – when looking west, he will experience darkness and gloom and east, sunrise and joy. The choice as to which way you wish to travel is yours.   I have looked at this proverb from many angles, sat late at night toying over the direction that this new journey is going to take and guess what, it is straight West!   I feel that no matter what...

The Great Wall the Catalyst

China has been the catalyst to many events in my life, events that have culminated in, above all, making a difference in the lives of the youth. As the journeys have inspired me, so have I managed to go out and do the same.   I will never forget leaving China 12 years ago with William Lindsay saying to me.   “David you will be back, the wall will never leave you, it’s going to draw you back”   After the first run across the Great Wall of China, I arrived...

Be the Hope

We talk about hope on a daily basis; we face and grapple with it every day.   It’s something that we are always searching for; it’s the fuel that gives us the drive to fight for tomorrow as we feel that it will bring a better tomorrow.   Its deep within us, we all have that inherent sense of hope, it’s our window to look through at the positives that tomorrow will offer.   It is there happening now, the most daunting thing about it is the pace of how quickly...

As I now embark on the final phase of a 12-year journey to “IGNITE HOPE”.

As I now embark on the final phase of a 12-year journey to “IGNITE HOPE”.   To rekindle a flame that is in such desperate need to be re- fuelled.   As every one of us strives to be the spark to the hope that we are all reaching out for.   Hope is the thread holding the moral fibre of our society together.   Hope is all that we have, to hold onto in this ever changing challenging and evolving modern society with all its challenges that we face daily.   Over time, heroes,...

The GL 35 Challenge

Operation Smile is celebrating its 35th year of providing corrective surgery for children born with cleft lips and palates globally. I have been involved in OP Smile SA for the past 10 years and this relationship has grown with my daughter Tamlin also now working in the organization. So guess what? I got a call – “Dad we are celebrating 35 years of Operation Smile- We want to raise enough funding to put 35 children in 35 days.” My mind began to run; what can we do with the...