Riding to end hunger

2015-08-11 06:00
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Simon Pearse trains for the 2015 Mongol Derby.

Photo: supplied Simon Pearse trains for the 2015 Mongol Derby.

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ONE out of five children in South Africa are malnourished. The worrying reality is that malnutrition has been listed as the most common preventable cause of mental impairment worldwide.

Malnourishment can rob South Africaand#039;s youth of their potential, yet for only R1.50, the Futurelife® Foundation can provide an underprivileged and malnourished child with a wholesome meal.

This year, Simon Pearse, CEO of Marriott Asset Management, will be riding the Mongol Derby to raise funds for the Futurelife® Foundation, an organisation which feeds thousands of destitute and malnourished children with Futurelife® food which have a huge impact on a child’s physical and mental development.

His goal is to raise R200 000 to provide 365 malnourished children with a healthy meal every day for 365 days.

In order to raise this money, Pearse will be embarking on what the Guinness Book of World Records calls “the longest equestrian race in the world” - the Mongol Derby which is a physically and mentally exhausting event.

Despite the high chance of broken bones, torn ligaments and extreme exhaustion, he is determined to finish, as every kilometre completed will raise money for the Futurelife® Foundation, a charity he has supported since 2008.

Pearse is the oldest competitor this year and is also the only South African riding the race.

The 2015 Mongol Derby will run from 5 to 16 August. For daily updates on Pearse’s progress visit his Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com or the Mongol Derby website at www.theadventurists.com/mongol-derby

To donate to this cause, visit www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/mongol-derby-2015 and click on the “donate button”. - Supplied

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