KwaZulu-Natal pensioner (80) raises R340 000 for charity and climbs mountain

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Ian Davies and his daughter Julia at the top of Rhino Peak.PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Ian Davies and his daughter Julia at the top of Rhino Peak.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Pensioner Ian Davies has climbed the Rhino Peak mountain in Southern Drakensberg in celebration of his 80th birthday and to raise funds for two KZN-based organisations.

Davies was joined by 39 other hikers recently to raise money for Pevensey Place and Clouds of Hope.

As the chairperson of both organisations, Davies set a fundraising target for both organisations at R300 000.

In the run up to the fundraiser, the 80-year-old raised R190 000 for Clouds of Hope and R150 000 for Pevensey Place.

However, he said there is still a long way to go to raising funds.

“Pevensey Place is a farm home for 75 cerebral palsied adults near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal.

Normally, funds are raised by helping at sporting events but because these events have been cancelled due to Covid-19, Pevensey Place has been badly affected,” he said, adding that Clouds of Hope Children’s Christian Care Centre is a home for 69 abandoned and abused children and teenagers.

He added that the care centre provides a loving home for them all in a family setting.

In climbing 1 200 meters to the top of Rhino Peak, Davies was supported by Sani Hiking, Mqatsheni Hiking and Environmental Club, nine teenagers from Clouds of Hope and Rodreck Nyathi from Pevensey Place.

According to Davies, the inspiration for the fundraiser was inspired by Rodreck Nyathi, who walked for 100 kilometers in celebration of his 50th birthday and to raise funds for Pevensey Place.

Davies added that the public can still donate to these organisations by visiting: www.givengain.com/ap/ian-davies-raising-funds-for-pevensey-place-association/.


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