South African para-surfing champion David Williams has accepted the JumpStart Challenge! As a double-amputee, walking is difficult and painful for David. Yet he’s not shying away from tackling a 3km walk to help break the cycle of poverty and inequality in South Africa.
“Three kilometres is not an easy feat for me. With a disability, walking is literally my weakest point. It’s painful. If I’m willing to push myself for a 3km walk that is very difficult for me, why can’t other people who are fully abled, also take on the Challenge?”
David’s determination and persistence have seen him excel at a sport many thought was impossible for him. He has gone on to become the South African para-surfing champion in the kneel division and represented the sport in the international arena.
He believes we can all make a difference by supporting the JumpStart Challenge.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a tent on a hot night with one mosquito! I hope that I can make a small difference and motivate others to join the Challenge. If I can do it, what’s your excuse?”
Join more local heroes in the JumpStart Challenge at Holla Trails, Sugar Rush Park in Ballito on Sunday, 13 March, or virtually from 12-20 March.
With a variety of distances and disciplines to choose from, there should be something for everyone. Funds raised will support JumpStart, a skills development programme equipping unemployed youth with skills for the world of retail. Sign up today and race for change!
Run/Walk: 3km, 7km, 15km
Ride: 15km, 50km, 100km
PHYSICAL CATEGORIES AT HOLLA TRAILS
Run/Walk: 3.3km, 8.5km, 14km
MTB Ride: 15km, 50km, 95km
Start times at Holla Trails, 13 March:
6:30am: 95km cycle
7:30am: 50km cycle & 14km run/walk
8am: 8.5km run/walk & 15km cycle
8:30am: 3.3km run/walk
CAPTION: Para-surfer David Williams (centre) with (from left) JumpStart graduates Nokuphila Shoba and Ismail Rajah, SA Rugby Legend Jeremy Thomson, Challenge ambassador Chiara Benati, JumpStart programme head Yurissa Sawers, and JumpStart graduates Nceba Njanda and Danelle Ogle. © Mr Price Foundation / Pierre Tostee