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Bob1000 Dedicates 1000km Run to Grandfather

Richard Geyer aimed to run 100km per day to fulfill his objective of 1000km from Port Elizabeth to Durban all in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa in Port Elizabeth. He endured health issues along the way but persevered and still did 700km in ten days! He then finished the Comrades on the tenth day in just under ten hours!

The grade six educator at Westering Primary School dedicated the gruesome challenge, named Bob1000, to his grandfather known as Bob, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The cancer was successfully surgically removed, but during an emergency operation to remove an aneurysm, Bob sadly had to have both his legs amputated. He was once again diagnosed with cancer of the bladder six months later. Bob passed away in December 2014.

Inspired by his grandfather’s zest for life, his fighting spirit and the continuous positive attitude throughout, Richard planned the run in memory of this great man and to raise funds for cancer, a disease so many other families have to endure.

Richard recently received a surprise visit from Marius de Vries and Gavin Kester from CANSA Port Elizabeth! They presented him with a lovely ‘Bob1000’ cake, compliments of House of Bakes, and thanked him for his amazing achievement in memory of his grandfather. All donations are benefitting the CANSA Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and will be handed over at the end of June at a special event.

Well done Richard!


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