Charity safari scores big

2012-07-14 00:00

TWO adventurous friends from Durban, Carla Geyser and Bronwyn Laing, competed successfully in a epic, life-changing adventure, the Put Foot Rally, a few days ago.

The 20-day, 7 917 km journey took the pair, who call themselves Team Pink Panthers, through eight countries, from Botswana to Namibia, through Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland, and back to South Africa.

Geyser told Weekend Witness: “It was the most incredible experience. Words can’t describe it. It is just one of those things that you have to do.”

The rally, in its second year, was a huge success.

There were 60 teams of 220 people from all over the world competing, including three men who did the journey on scooters.

The teams raised more than R600 000 for two charities, Project Rhino KZN and Put Foot Foundation, which is an umbrella organisation that administers social development projects and distributes donations.

Geyser said Team Pink Panthers raised R110 000, the most of all the teams.

They also won the award for being most spirited team.

While in Zambia, the teams donated 420 pairs of new school shoes and socks to Senkobo Basic School, of which 119 of the children are orphans.

They also painted two of the classrooms and cemented one of the floors, which Geyser said was very emotional. She described it as “the most incredible, humbling experience which no words could possibly do justice to”.

Their car, a 2,2 Chevrolet Captiva sport utility vehicle, was sponsored by General Motors South Africa. The two promptly dubbed it “Doris” and covered more than 8 000 km without problems, despite “some hair-raising traffic moments in Lusaka, Tete and Maputo”.

Geyser said Team Pink Panthers was planning to do more for other charities. She has formed a public benefit organisation, the Blue Sky Society, to continue doing charity work with the Put Foot Foundation and with rhinos and wild dogs.

To see what the team did on their journey, visit their website, www.pinkpanthers.co.za.

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