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26 September, 2016


 

We have raised,
R57 780 !!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

R142 220 until we reach our target!
Scroll down to read about the update on the recent 400 km hike!!

Not sure how much to donate? Perhaps you could consider donating a small monthly amount for each of the 400 km hiked, or simply donate a once off amount. Every Rand is highly appreciated!

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Eden to Addo

Fundraising Initiative 

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.

 

 

 

Update on Hike!

 

Update: The first two days of the hike were a rough start. Heavy rains and a monstrous fire caused the route to be redirected. Raging rivers to cross and the never ending chance of trying to dry clothes! However, there are moments of incredible silence - hours of walking through rain drenched forests.

Debbie, Jo-Anne, Lisa and Helen have already hiked through the Robberg Corridor along the coast. They are currently hiking what is to be the toughest part, over the next 4 days, as they head into the mountains and begin to hike over the Langkloof.

Update: The ladies have reported that the other groups that are hiking with them are a great bunch. The food is plentiful and good. It is hard work unpacking and packing every day after a long day of hiking. Everyone is asleep by 20:30, the latest and up at 05:30!

Update: Helen, Debbie, Jo-Ann and Lisa tracked buffalo this morning near their camp and took a wide detour when they were in the Thicket . Hard climbing now - 25 km per day at 5 kms per hour-ish. Beautiful scenery as they wind their way via jeep track and through rivers. No showers for days and definitely no porcelain loo's. They are now entering Baviaanskloof where the buffalo become a real danger. There is a tracker with them. "Amazing how grateful one becomes for little things, like a few liters of warm water."

So many beautify farms nestling on the valleys - incredibly remote. Walking paths untrodden by humans before and then suddenly on a track! Hiking sticks invaluable especially when crossing rivers.

Waking up to this view, having some quiet time while enjoying a cup of tea. Another night gone where it was a "dry camp" - no water for a bath at all! So Bucket bath it is!

Update: It is reported that the four have just had their toughest climb of the hike. Straight uphill on a very rocky path. It was like climbing Platteklip straight up - no gentle curves! The buffalo caused them to change path quite a bit. They are deep in the mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see. They are taught not to look at the path ahead over the next mountain as it becomes very daunting!

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