Counting Down – 5 & 4 Days to the Start of the Last Desert Race in Antarctica

The Final Countdown

Monday, 27 October & Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Greetings from San Francisco

This is my final blog post from San Francisco before flying to Ushuaia in Argentina later today.

I really enjoyed my time in San Francisco – productive meetings, good weather, a few nice training runs and last but not least, attending the Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. These are all great memories as I reflect on my planning, preparations and travels of the last six months as part of the countdown to the Last Desert Race in Antarctica.

Time really flies – from 200 days to go on 15 April 2014, to 100 days to go on 24 July 2014, and now only five days to go before the ship for Antarctica departs on 1 November 2014. It has been an incredible journey to date and the next two weeks will no doubt be an amazing experience.

I really look forward to running in the snow – a first for me – and enjoying the unique beauty of Antarctica.

But going to Antarctica is ultimately not just about running in the snow, but using this experience to raise money and support for a very important cause – a Greenpeace Africa solar street lighting project in Diepsloot.

Participating in the Last Desert Race is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity, and also one to leverage in support of a great organisation such as Greenpeace Africa and its work across Africa.

The solar street lighting project will make a significant contribution to community safety in Diepsloot and enhance people’s overall quality of life.

We have set a fundraising target of R250 000 for the project linked to my participation in the Last Desert Race and hope that with the support of friends and many others we will reach it by the end of the campaign on 2 December 2014.

With your support, we can make this happen!

The countdown to Antarctica continues…


I’m excited about the race in Antarctica and the challenge of raising R250 000 for a Greenpeace Africa solar energy project, and encourage you to support my efforts and the work of Greenpeace Africa!

Please make a donation and encourage others to do the same.

“Together we can make a difference!”

Follow updates about my preparations for The Last Desert Race, and work with Greenpeace Africa, on Facebook and Twitter, my daily blog, and via Greenpeace Africa’s  various online platforms.

The countdown to Antarctica continues…

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