Entrepreneur and TV producer Dewald Visser is tackling 800 kilometres over 14 days in a daunting 50k a day mountain biking challenge to raise funds for a young sufferer of spinal muscular atrophy.
6-year-old Hanno Fourie of Durbanville has beaten all the odds in staying alive despite suffering from this incurable, life-threatening disease. Hanno has managed to confound specialists, who predicted his life expectancy to be only 18 months. Despite being wheel-chair bound and permanently on a ventilator, young Hanno stole Visser’s heart with his sheer joy and love of life.
Visser is cycling to raise funds for the Hanno Fourie Trust to assist his family in buying him a new wheelchair and adapting their home to his ever-changing needs. Visser is doing the journey from Jeffrey’s Bay to Gordon’s Bay on a fat bike, only clocking distances travelled on beaches or gravel roads. The intrepid adventurer and his production crew are also not allowed to sleep in guest houses and hotels or to buy fast food, but will have to camp and cook for themselves for the entire period.
Visser, who is more adept on the golf course or behind a braai as presenter and producer of TV series such as Kom Braai and Hooked on Golf, founded the 50k a day concept in 2015. On his initial journey, he covered over 800km off the rugged West coast of South Africa from Alexander Bay to Cape Town and was so overawed by the experience that he decided to make it an annual excursion.
“This promises to be another amazing adventure. Last year was an incredible experience and I had the opportunities to see parts of our beautiful country that few people will ever access. The 2017 Solo Fatbike Challenge will have some added adventure as all the rivers en route will also be crossed by an inflatable craft.
This year I am even more determined as I know that Hanno and his family will be cheering us on all the way. All the funds raised will go directly to his family to help them taking care of this awesome little guy,” mentions Visser.
SMS “Hanno” to 39567 to make a donation to the Hanno Fourie Trust. SMS will be charged at R15. Follow Dewald’s 50kaday Fatbike Challenge on Facebook @50kaday or watch daily updates on www.50kaday.tv. Falke SA is also supporting Dewald Visser – an ordinary man doing an extra ordinary thing.