Geyer’s marathon effort raises more than R100 000 for charity

2017-07-12 06:00
At the handover of the funds raised during the BOB1000 initiative are, from left, Marius de Vries (CANSA Port Elizabeth), Richard Geyer and his parents, Sharlene and Gary Geyer.Photo:SUPPLIED

At the handover of the funds raised during the BOB1000 initiative are, from left, Marius de Vries (CANSA Port Elizabeth), Richard Geyer and his parents, Sharlene and Gary Geyer.Photo:SUPPLIED

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ON May 26 Richard Geyer set off on a 10-day journey, running 1 000km from Port Elizabeth to the Comrades Marathon finish line in Pietermaritzburg to raise funds for CANSA Port Elizabeth.

Geyer ran in memory of his grandfather, Bob Petzer, who had cancer, and in support of those affected by cancer.

Though he faced serious health issues along the way, Geyer refused to give up.

“The essence of this feat is to take a stance with those fighting cancer. I had to keep fighting until the end, all the way through to the finish line of the Comrades Marathon,” he said. The BOB1000 initiative ended up raising a total of R107 450 which was handed over to CANSA PE on July 4.

“It is amazing what this young man has achieved in 10 days,” said CANSA’s Marius de Vries.

“He has motivated many to keep fighting, push through and overcome any obstacle they may face.”

BOB1000’s team organiser, Lesley Domingo, added, “The success of BOB1000, the money raised in support of the fight against cancer, and the recognition it received are all thanks to the sponsors and supporters.

“We are still in awe of the reach and momentum the BOB1000 initiative gained,” Domingo said.

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