An opportunity for the able-bodied to help and encourage the less able
Our cause champions will be celebrating their ability and fitness by completing an adventure circuit in Cape Town to raise funds and awareness for sufferers of auto-immune disease.
On 31 Oct / 1 Nov, weather permitting, our three cause champions will be kayaking from Sea Point to Clifton, trail running from Clifton to Signal Hill, and paragliding off Signal Hill, landing on the Sea Point promenade. These three ladies all suffer from auto-immune disease, but are thankful to be well and able.
Judy Nel is a much-loved science teacher from Port Elizabeth who has been waiting for a hip replacement for four years. She is currently confined to a wheelchair and unless she is able to have this surgery as soon as possible, she will be wheelchair bound for the rest of her life. Judy's greatest desire is to be able to get back to her students and to help her sister, who is also wheelchair bound but due to Post-Polio Syndrome.
As the creator of Adventures with RA, adventure is close to my heart.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 12 in 2001. Although I have been through a number of flare-ups over the years, I am thankful to have been well, fit and flare-up free for 5 years now.
I have multiple sclerosis, but have been living medication-free for the last 5 years.
I'm a bit unsteady on the water, and am the one most likely to fall in on event day, but I'm determined and I will beat you at a sarcasm contest any day.
Always up for a new challenge or planning my next adventure!
2020 has been a whirlwind of a year: moved to Cape Town from the UK, was diagnosed with RA, and then we went into lockdown. I am grateful that medication is currently working well for me and I am back to doing what I love.