Derek Van Dam takes part in the Durban Comrade Marathon to raise funds for charity
TX: Wednesday, 29 May 2013
eNCA's Chief Meteorologist and Head of the Weather Department, Derek van Dam, will be participating in the 89 km long comrades ultra-marathon on Sunday, June 02 to raise funds for charity.
Derek, who is a sports fanatic, will run the comrades marathon with the aim to raise money for The Compassion Life Foundation. He sits on the board of the Foundation as a director and has been a staunch supporter of their Feed-a-Family project for 7years
“It will be a great honour to be able to fuse two of the things I am most passionate about, my love for extreme sports and giving back to the community. I have run several races before but this one will be a very rewarding one so I plan to give it my best shot, “says Derek
The multi-talented, Derek is an extreme sports enthusiast who has been involved in various sports activities and participated in a lot of outreach work most of his life. He started running long distances in his twenties and has since participated in various races throughout the world. He completed his first ultra-marathon this year during the Old Mutual Two Oceans in Cape Town.
By participating in this initiative Derek hopes to inspire many people to tackle societal problems head on. “There are many ways to make a contribution in our society. Every step counts, every day presents a new opportunity to touch someone’s life”
The Compassionate Life Foundation – www.james127.org
Derek’s Personal Blog about running – www.compassionateafrica.blogspot.com
Thursday, May 30, 2013
eNCA/e.TV Press Release ahead of Sunday's Race
It's T-10 hours before the start of the race. Trying to remain as calm as possible. Here's a cool press release that was issued by my TV station. So wonderful to get support from e.TV & eNCA like this.
Lots of thoughts, prayers and support from my friends and family around the world. I wouldn't be able to do this without you.
Thank you. This journey has truly been incredible.
I'll send a message during my 12 hour run tomorrow. Take care.