Salomon SkyRun appeal 2017
Wits Director Sport, Adrian Carter is once again putting his money, legs and lungs where his mouth is, by competing in the 100km Salomon SkyRun.
In a case of ‘traversing the roof of South Africa to put a roof over the heads of deserving and talented student-athletes’, WitsSport – the sport management wing of Wits University – today launches another initiative similar to 2014 which is strongly aligned to the Wits Sport Transformation Fund to help fund top-performing and deserving sportsmen and women at Wits.
The appeal is headed by WitsSport Director Adrian Carter, and is focused towards the Wits’ Alumni and Staff community at large. Furthermore it is aimed at supporting a principled and ethical responsibility to transform young black student-athletes lives at Wits University.
Adrian is once again putting his money, legs and lungs where his mouth is, by competing in the 100km Salomon SkyRun, and is hoping to entice supporters to part with a fixed amount per kilometer run.
The Salomon SkyRun, through the E Cape’s Witteberg Mountain range, some 2200-2500 metres above sea level in a very harsh environment, is an incredible challenge for even the hardiest of athletes. It is considered SA’s toughest trail run that can only be tackled with a map, compass or GPS unit, and a backpack of provisions as well as compulsory equipment.
He completed the run in 2014 in a shade less than 25 hours and is hoping to hit the 20 hour mark this time around.
Many talented sportsmen and women wishing to study and develop their sporting skills at University are simply unable to do due to exorbitant costs; this is where the newly established Wits Sport Transformation Fund comes in. In the recruitment drives held by WitsSport this year, prospective student-athletes and their parents have made plain the need to live in an environment where they are both safe and can thrive in the lecture hall and on the sports field. Through initiatives such as these, we hope for as many donations as possible to increase the value of our Sport Transformation Fund, which is aimed at providing scholarships for prospective Wities from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Financial aid provided by the university in 2017 enabled many top Wits student-athletes to live in res and benefit from the diverse camaraderie and safety that living in university res affords them to hone their sporting and academic skills. The University has been extremely supportive of Wits Sport and its cause, but there is always more work to be done when it comes to supporting those less fortunate than ourselves.
As Nelson Mandela once famously stated, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”
WitsSport hopes to ensconce these principles by garnering support from Wits Alumni and Staff who would like to see Wits not only participate but compete at the highest level and in doing so promote a value driven culture that inspires and transforms each student-athlete to be the best person they can be.
The 2017 SkyRun takes place on Saturday 17 November 2017, and starts from the town of Lady Grey. Prospective supporters of Adrian’s run may do so by contacting him in the first instance by e-mail. Alternatively, sponsors may deposit their contributions into the following account:
Wits Sundry Debtors
FNB Account number 62077141580
Branch code 251 905
Please use SkyRun and your name as a reference.