Phindi Gule-Burley and husband Kevin passed through the Hibiscus Coast on a major charity run last week, and eHowzit bumped into them at the opening ceremony of the Africa Bike Week at the Margate Hotel. They were then on the last leg of a 900 km charity run all the way from Kosi Bay down to Port Edward. The couple are heavily involved in marketing and communications, and Phindi is a well-known radio personality. Johan Pretorius asked them why on earth they decided on such a punishing run….
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM PHINDI GULE-BURLEY’S WEBSIGHT:
Phindi Gule-Burley and her husband Kevin Burley started their gruelling challenge on the 1st April 2016 from the Kosi Bay – Mozambique Border Control (Northern KZN). From here they ran south through KZN (5 Districts) all the way down to the most southern tip of the province – Port Edward. It was a gruelling run of just over 900km and will took them 30 days; therefore they ran 30kms for 30 consecutive days (1st to 30th April 2016).
Each day saw the start of a new 30km race, where they ran with no support or assistance, except a water stop every 3kms, as per most organised races. Nutrition was carried with them as in a normal race. A support crew followed them in a back-up vehicle to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
They had no meals during the course of each 30km leg of the challenge. The route was spilt into 30km legs with the two stopping over at the nearest accommodation, which was be a Guest House, B&B, Hotel, Game Lodge, Tent or even a local family hosting the couple.
The entire challenge was filmed to document this extraordinary event and give an insight into what it takes to complete such a long physical challenge, how a couple copes with the pressure, the pain and the fatigue of working together to achieve a shared vision.
The documentary will not only be about them, it will also show the world what a beautiful province KZN is as well as the incredible people who call KZN their home. Some of these incredible people are those found at LIV Village, which is a wonderful community project that not only takes care of nearly 200 orphans, but also develops the local community through skill development and job creation.
OBJECTIVES FOR THE CHALLENGE
No challenge or goal is meaningful until it has a strong purpose. This purpose for Phindi and Kevin is to educate, house and provide a safe haven to 10 children for a minimum of a year at the LIV village. They hope that people will support them in this challenge by making donations to help raise the necessary R120, 000 funds and give these beautiful children the right environment to flourish and grow.
There are over 5 million orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa, mostly due to HIV/AIDS and poverty, with 12,000 added to this every month.
LIV exists to raise the next generation of leaders in South Africa. We place orphaned and vulnerable children into a family environment with a trained foster mother to love them, a school to educate them, and where all their physical needs are met.