Terence Parkin’s 902km of guts, grit and glory
Renowned athlete and Olympic Medalist Terence Parkin is taking on an incredible test of stamina and strength in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Deaf and disabled Children’s Learn to Swim and Water Safety Programmes across South Africa. Parkin plans to cycle, swim and canoe a mammoth 902km between Johannesburg and Durban in order to generate funds and awareness for young South Africans with disabilities. Along the way he will compete in annual world-famous sports competitions: the aQuellé Midmar Mile and Dusi Canoe Marathon.
Parkin himself was born deaf and overcame various challenges to become the most celebrated Deaflympic athlete in the world and a silver medal winner in the 2000 Summer Olympics. His natural talents as a swimmer and his passionate advocacy for young deaf athletes led to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation recently naming him as one of their ambassadors. He travels across the world giving talks on issues around water safety, preventing drowning fatalities and coaching children on how to swim.
He now plans to undertake the 902km challenge in order to raise awareness and funds so that deaf and disabled South African youth can have the opportunity to benefit from learning to swim and learning about water safety techniques. This, as Parkin can personally attest to, has a number of benefits on physical health, emotional well-being and self-esteem. Terence has also been involved in saving a number of people from near-drowning. Death by drowning is the largest cause of child deaths in South Africa – something that is totally avoidable and unnecessary.
“I want to help deaf and disabled children in SA to reach their full potential and grow into healthy adults,” Parkin says of his cause. “Swimming has been an incredibly positive influence in my life and I want children with deafness and other challenges to experience something similar. Who knows, there may be more Olympic medalists out there in SA that we can reach through this initiative!”
Parkin intends to challenge the following route:
Swimming (Terence will join team Princess Charlene of Monaco in the aQuellé Midmar Mile 8 mile swim)
Running (Terence will run to the start of the Dusi Canoe Marathon)
Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco, endorses Terence’s initiative and is proud of his energy and commitment to the cause of water safety and drowning prevention, which is a key focus of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Fellow Olympian, swimmer and CEO of the PCMFSA, Ryk Neethling, says that the Foundation is behind Parkin 100% and encourages other South Africans to lend their support to this worthy cause. “We can all be inspired by Terence,” Neethling says. “He is paving the way for disabled youngsters across our country to live their dreams – no matter what the odds.”
How YOU can assist Terence in his mammoth mission:
Please email proof of payment to Tanya Harvey: firstname.lastname@example.org
PCMFSA is a registered 18A Charitable Organisation. If you wish to receive an 18A certificate please indicate such to Ms Harvey.
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