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, other open water events and I always keep looking for the next challenge.
In the past 5 months I have competed at the Durban Surf Swim Series, 3 of them being the toughest swims I have ever done. 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 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 http://www.duct.org.za/ for more information). Should you require a S18A Tax certificate, pay your donation directly to DUCT (details- DUCT Projects account, Account no: 1142593509, Nedbank, Branch Code 198765, Reference: C.Gifford 16Miles).
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 support would be greatly appreciated.
overall progressraised R27 610,00 goal R20 000,00
|Marburg Friends/Supporters||We wish you well||R1 050|
|Norman Comins||Ever since meeting you, you are my new inspiration.||R1 000|
|Donation to DUCT||R5 000|
|Collis||All the best bud! Smash it!||R500|
|KZN South Coast||Go my Champion, Chad. Love your strength and passion. God bless and all the best from all of us||R3 160|
|Tharina Wessels||Geluk en alles van die beste, Chad||R300|
|sanette & Willie Venter||We know you can do it. All the best||R600|
|Lions club Pta City||R1 000|
|Direct Donation To DUCT||R300|
|Direct Donation to DUCT||R200|
|Chad Wratten||Go achieve your goal and dreams Chad.||R1 000|
|Simon Smith||Good luck Chad - What an inspiration!||R500|
|Tracey Naidoo (Prakash)||Howzit Chad Did not forget all your assistance at the Meyersdal pool. I am a better swimmer today ( I think) Your company when you were here was great. All the best Tracey||R1 000|
|Dennis Moody||Good luck Chad, Felicity and I know you can do it||R500|
|Chris & Lucille Heiberg||You have our utmost admiration taking on this challenge and the exemplary desire to benefit charity. Your limitless enthusiasm in this field of sport is simply astronomically extraordinary. We salute you, Chad!||R200|
|Jan & Val Nel||Good luck for this magnificent race.||R1 000|
|Liz Fricke||Good luck, Chad! We are cheering you on from Calgary in Canada. Love, Liz and Tony.||R5 500|
|Tanya Gillot Chemdry Durban North Cleaners||You are a great inspiration. I believe God plants dreams in us and he gives us certain talents and gifts to pursue for His Glory||R1 000|
|Anne Anspach||Congratulations on this brave commitment, Chad. We are all rooting for you and know you can do it.||R100|
|Hilton Anspach||Good luck Chad! Best wishes from Hilton & family||R2 000|
|Reef Property Consultants||Good Luck - Gareth Anstee Reef Property Consultants||R500|
|Gwendoline Heiberg||If you can dream it, you can do it!||R500|