Chad Gifford is raising funds for Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust

If you don't know me, here's some info -
I'm a bi-lateral amputee (no legs) paraplegic (can't walk) who thrives on taking on various swimming challenges

Whilst having previously competed as a paralympic swimmer I did various open water events to keep the thrill and enjoyment of swimming alive in me. I am always looking for new open water events to compete in no matter how calm, wild or outrageous they may be.

I have previously completed 5 x 8 miles earning my permanent number in the 8 Mile Club, numerous open water events (Sun City, Heia Safari, Deneysville at Vaal Dam) and I always keep looking for the next challengeable but attainable event (Durban Surf Swim Series, Robben Island, English Channel and yes the 16 Miles).

In the past 5 months I have competed at the Durban Surf Swim Series (5 x 1600m, 1 x 3200m) events, 3 of them being the toughest swims I have ever done (sea swells between 1.5m and 2m). I had to use all my previous mind tricks, train hard but smart and really dig deep within myself to accomplish these events.

When the 16 Miles was introduced at the Midmar Mile I knew I wanted to compete and complete it. This event will be tough and gruelling for me but I know that I can complete it, all 16 miles!

With your support I hope to raise my commitment of R20 000.00 towards charity. The charity I am raising funds for is the Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust (visit for more information).

I know this is a huge amount to anyone these days however every little bit counts and it all goes towards a worthy cause.

Your consideration of my request would be greatly appreciated.

overall progress

raised R1 000,00 goal R20 000,00



Name Message Donation
Reef Property Consultants Good Luck - Gareth Anstee Reef Property Consultants R500
Gwendoline Heiberg If you can dream it, you can do it! R500

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