On 16 May, the Cape Town team was privileged to have the opportunity of walking alongside Andrew Patterson on his 136th hike up Table Mountain. Andrew’s initiative, 365 Ubuntu Climbs was established at the beginning of 2018 to show “what we can accomplish when we work together. No contribution is too ‘small’.” So aligned with HFHSA’s belief that it is only through valuable partnerships and working together that we can achieve real lasting impact, it is a privilege to have been chosen as one of Andrew’s beneficiaries of a portion of proceeds raised.
Andrew is climbing Table Mountain every day this year so that collectively he can empower 1 family, one child, one life by simply calling on all sectors to sponsor R1 per climb. His plan to empower South Africans is by donating the money toward three worthy 3 causes:
- Habitat for Humanity SA – to build homes and give a family a basic right to safety;
- One Heart for kids – to help teach a child to read
- and The Sunflower Fund – to help increase their donor registry and give someone a second lease on life.
“It is always impossible, until it is done”, these wise words from Nelson Mandela come to mind when I think about our hike up Table Mountain with Andrew Patterson from 365 Ubuntu Climbs on the 16th of May 2018. Cape Town spoiled us with a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a hike. Before we started climbing up the mountain via Platteklip Gorge, Andrew shared a few thoughts with our team and encouraged us to have fun, be safe and enjoy the morning out in nature. He also reminded us that while we are climbing we should think about this climb as a metaphor for the emotional and spiritual mountains we climb in our lives everyday, and that as with anything there are some stages that are easier and other stages that are harder, but if we persist we will get to the top. Those words stuck to be as we climbed all the way up the mountain and the whole experience turned out to be a great opportunity for reflection and introspection for our team.
Everyone climbed at their own pace and each one had time to enjoy this beautiful space in their own way. Thankfully, we all made it safely to the top, where we met up again, swapped stories and anecdotes and shared some fruit. As a team we are so proud to have had this wonderful opportunity and we can’t wait for the next climb!” Hannalie Malan – M&E Specialist, HFHSA
You can join Andrew on a climb by connecting with him on Facebook
Or you can show your support by donating toward his causes here