Suiting up for charity

2017-01-25 06:02
John Smit (left) and John Slade participated for the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity Trust in 2016.                                                   Photo:craig muller

John Smit (left) and John Slade participated for the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity Trust in 2016. Photo:craig muller

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EAST London’s Jason Thoresen will be taking on the Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa in a suit. Not a tri-suit, a full formal suit – in bright orange. He will be taking on this challenge in aid of the Ironman 4 the Kidz Charity Trust.

Thoresen has worked with many young people affected by HIV, and is aiming at raising funds and awareness for children in need and has teamed up with the Ironman 4 the Kidz Charity Trust to make it happen.

The Ironman 4 the Kidz Charity Trust is the official charity of Ironman South Africa and will once again be raising funds for four children’s-based beneficiaries in East London.

“The suit idea came purely from the fact that we brainstormed many ideas and were searching for something different, something people could appreciate and know that this has to be a difficult task, so we can make this count,” said Thoresen.

Thoresen has had to get used to the feeling of racing in a full suit, managing heat and possible movement restrictions.

“I have only tried to ride in a suit a few times on my bike trainer, but other than that, race day will be the great tester. I have tried to do a bit more of my training in full gear such as a tracksuit or very warm hoodies of some sort,” notes Thoresen.

With support from the team at Ironman 4 the Kidz Charity Trust, Thoresen managed to organise the bright orange material and after a search, found Angela Walsh from East London who managed to make the suit on a short deadline.

If you would like to follow Jason’s progress on Sunday 29 January and help make a difference to the children in need, you can track him via the Track an Athlete SMS service. Simply SMS Jason’s race number, 314 to 39408 and you will receive SMS updates when he passes various stages on the course.

The service costs R15 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Ironman 4 the Kidz Charity Trust. Free SMSs do not apply. If you would like to make a R15 donation but do not want to receive any race updates, SMS the word “KIDS” to 39408.


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