Olympic International is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the 2,000km Trail Blazing Fund Raising Walk for Autism. Says Fahiem Frizlar, Marketing Manager of Olympic International: “The Trailblazer 2016 Skeleton Coast to Cape Town Endurance Challenge is a fantastic initiative. We’re proud to be involved and do our part in order for the trailblazers to reach their goal and to help raise awareness for this very worthy cause.”
According to Angus Moore, Chief Co-Coordinator and participant, the initiative was developed by the Association for Autism and Charity on the Go in 2012. “This event has developed into an annual event based around a different activity each year. The number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum is beyond epidemic with stats ranging from 1 in 110 children to 1 in 68 African boys. The few facilities available in South Africa are overwhelmed and can’t cope.”
A group of committed volunteers started walking from the Skeleton Coast to Cape Town with the purpose to raise R1 million for the Cornerstone Learning Centre and Ethan Education & Training Hub. The walk will finish on 5 November in Cape Town.Janine Johnson, Big Autism Thing Media Liaison, says: “As one of the walkers, I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of sponsors such as Olympic International who have ensured that we’re kitted out with the right clothing and equipment to do this event.”
According to Johnson the endurance walk will take over seven weeks and finish with a community walking event on Saturday, 5 November in Cape Town. This event will be attended by the Mayor of Cape Town and dignitaries.
The six walkers include organiser Angus Moore and Hilton Johnson from New Zealand who is legally blind and the first disabled person to undertake a 2,000km endurance walk down the Skeleton Coast to Cape Town. Janine Johnson is the only female in the 8-person team. She has been living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) caused by exposure to toxic chemicals for more than twenty years. Janine fought her way back to full health thanks to the latest breakthrough in genetic technology. Cameron Moore is Angus’s son and fellow adventurer. Wayne Rutherfold has a background in sales and has participated in the 2012 Big Autism Thing Walk from Durban to Cape Town. Gareth Moore and brother of Angus Moore is an endurance competitor who has participated in a number of fund raising events. Chase Daddee is the lively young member of the team and Cameron’s best friend and schoolmate.
With regards to donations, Johnsons says: “We’re appealing to private and public sectors to support this event by giving generously and help us to raise the much needed funds for autism in South Africa.”
Please visit www.bigautismthing.com for more information and also to donate.