August 6, 2016
We have raised,
R27 722 !!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Every rand is so appreciated.
R172 278 until we reach our target!
Scroll down to read about the upcoming hike and the training preparations underway!
A training hike, from Camps Bay, up Kasteelpoort and across to the Cable car took place on Saturday. Braving extreme rain conditions and 2 hailstorms, this hike made use of ladders to get to the top of the table! Clocking 13 kms and 4 hours.
The girls are well under way with their own personal training program for the hike. In the past week, they hiked up to Overseers Hut which was a quick 90 min hike.
The following day they were back at it, hiking to Kasteelpoort via the Woodhead reservoir. From here, it was continued to the top table via the Valley of Isolation coming out to Echo Valley. They then hiked across to Maclear's Beacon - the highest point on the mountain at 1088m above sea level. It's an incredibly tough hike as it's constantly uphill. It was absolutely freezing at the top and too cold to shed any of their layers. Their fingers were frozen and they battled to find shelter from the wind to stop and have a quick snack.
From Maclear's Beacon they took the wrong turn and found themselves heading back towards Platteklip. Luckily two very sharp girls reoriented the group towards Smuts track, following this to Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine, making a right turn across and along side the dams to come out on the Jeep track. They followed the track down to Constantia Nek, walking back down to their cars in Bishipscourt. An exhausting round trip of 6 hrs and 22 kms!!
26 Days to Go!
In just under a month, our very own Debbie Stegman, Jo-Anne Sedgwick and Lisa Walters will embark on their 400km hike through the Baviaanskloof mountain range. This incredibly tough hike is considered to be one of the toughest hiking trails in South Africa.
To conquer this hike, difficult tasks will be stumbled upon throughout the 20 day hike. There is no organised trail to follow and they will not come across any other hikers or chalets. As they bundu bash through the Fynbos, they will walk through areas where freely roamed elephants, the endangered black rhino and buffalo can be found. They will also follow the spoor of the leopard, bush buck and red hartebeest.
With an early wake up call of 06:30, they will hike for a full day, only reaching their new camp site by 17:30. Clocking between 20-26 km a day, with their longest day being a 35 km trek.
It is with great sadness that we have to report that one of our ladies can no long participate in the hike. Due to unexpected health challenges (nothing of long term significance), it was decided that, for a full recovery, it would best for her to sit out this year. She will do the hike in 2017, however, the fundraising drive for this year will continue as is. The other three ladies will continue with the hike.
Eden to Addo
In September: four determined women; Helen During, Debbie Stegman, Jo-Anne Sedgwick and Lisa Walters, will embark on a 400 km hike over the strenuous Baviaanskloof mountain range to raise money for the RBPS Vuleka Trust. Together the four will walk 1600 km over three weeks, enduring sub-zero nights, bucket baths and long drops. They will average 20 km's a day, with the longest day being a 35 km hike and the shortest being 12 km's.
This hike is considered to be one of the toughest hiking trails in South Africa.
Our goal is to raise R200 000 for the Vuleka Trust
We would deeply appreciate your becoming part of our
initiative by sponsoring us.
Any amount is welcome.
These monies will cover the foundation phase school fees (Grades 1, 2 and 3) for two new boys through 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The RBPS Vuleka Trust is a SARS registered Section 18A PBO Fund and all donations are tax deductible.