Station Commander tackles epic trail runs to raise funds

2015-12-17 06:00
Rieghard Janse van Rensburg will tackle SA’s only 100 mile trail run in February to raise funds for the NSRI.         Photo: SUPPLIED

Rieghard Janse van Rensburg will tackle SA’s only 100 mile trail run in February to raise funds for the NSRI. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WHETHER it is on land or sea, Jeffreys Bay National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Station Commander Rieghard Janse van Rensburg does not shy away from a challenge – not even if the challenge is self-induced and requires running for more than 100km across uneven terrain.

Being as fit as a fiddle and with several marathons behind his name, Janse van Rensburg is raising much-needed funds for the Jeffreys Bay NSRI, Station 37, one running step at a time.

On the weekend of February 26 to 28, he will tackle South Africa’s only 100 mile (160km) trail run – the gruelling Addo Elephant Trail Run which will take him through the vast and beautiful wilderness of the Addo Elephant National Park – in order to raise R12 000 to equip NSRI crew members with AIS Man-Over-Board devices.

“Being a sea rescue volunteer is very much like running a 100km or 100 mile trail run,” says Janse van Rensburg. “You get the privilege of experiencing some of the world’s most beautiful places, running in remote and awe-inspiring areas often far from any form of civilisation.

“Even though the best preparations and training cannot prepare you for what you might face. This is very much the same as being a NSRI volunteer. However, there is one big difference. On these ultra-endurance trail runs, you know the race organisers are tracking your position via Satellite and GSM enabled GPS trackers. It would be incredible if every sea rescue volunteer could have that same peace of mind while out on a rescue mission on a stormy night in the middle of the ocean.”

According to Janse van Rensburg, these devices (AIS Man-Over-Board) cost in excess of R3 000 each and equipping, for instance, the crew for their station’s 5.5m rescue vessel will amount to R12 000 plus.

Janse Van Rensburg will dedicate his participation in the Addo Elephant Trail Run to his newly established Don’t go Overboard campaign, as well as his 100/100 campaign which was started in August this year. Upon his completion of the 100km Ultra Trail Cape Town Mountain Trail Run in October, he raised a whopping R10 000 which was used to buy 20 jumpsuits for the volunteers of Station 37.

To support this worthy cause, and stand a chance to win a 48 inch Samsung Smart FHD LED TV sponsored by True Technologies, simply donate R100 or more to the Don’t go Overboard campaign. To pledge your support in the form of a donation, visit GivenGain at Donations can also be paid into the NSRI Fund Raising Account, ABSA Heerengracht, branch code 506009, account number 1382480607, account holder National Sea Rescue Institute, reference 5015, and your cell phone number.

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