Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Just received a call from my CP (arty leg-man). He is going to climb Kilimanjaro (only Africa's highest mountain) with Heinz (only a pro-athlete).

He asked me if I wanted to go along.....
Then I realised he was serious...... !!

Hell's bells, talk about nutters! Lawdy lawd, the only reason I believe that WALKING is still considered appropriate excercise, is that one has to, by some means, get from the front door to the car!!!!!

Taken from

Endurance amputee will climb for charity

DISABLED long-distance athlete Heinz Mueller and the trustees of the Kililane Sport Development Trust are going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the Uhuru Peak in October.

The team members say they hope to boost the establishment of the Kililane Sport Development Trust for the benefit of the Eden community.

They hope to raise enough money to cover their costs and an additional R3-million for sport development.

“The whole idea of Kililane is to raise money and help those people who‘d like to take part in sport but don‘t have the means,” Mueller said yesterday.

Mueller, 49, lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident 26 years ago. Since then he has completed a full marathon and four Argus cycle tours.

“When I started to run I suffered from terrible infections because I didn‘t have the right prosthesis for running.

“I decided to climb Kilimanjaro for the challenge ... I want to know, for myself, that I can do it, even with one leg,” he said.

“I was a marathon runner before I lost my leg and last February I started to run again. Four months ago, while preparing for the Two Oceans marathon, I broke my hip when I fell off a mountain bike and I‘ve only just recovered recently.

“Now I‘m going to the gym three times a week, swimming and cycling to prepare for Kilimanjaro,” he added.

Mueller, who has two sons and a daughter aged between 21 and 27, moved to George to look after his elderly parents.

He will accompany Neels van Zyl and Lana Miles, both trustees of Kililane, on the trek up Kilimanjaro, which at 5895m, is Africa‘s highest mountain.

Yesterday Miles and Van Zyl said they were already involved in fund-raising initiatives, including offering businesses and individuals the opportunity to sponsor the climb at R1 per metre.

“The trust aims to create equal and quality sport opportunities for individuals, sport clubs, educational institutions and disabled people within the Eden district, which will facilitate a healthy lifestyle and instil human dignity,” they said.

The Kililane Sport Development Trust was established to assist previously disadvantaged sportsmen and women, disabled people, sports clubs and educational institutions with the promotion of equal and well-organised sporting events.

For more information on the initiative, visit

I'll be here with pom-poms, on my couch, cheering you guys all the


Marshall Harmse & Brendon White win International Awards!!!!

Well done Marshall and Brendon!!!!! Awesome news!!!!

From "the Star ' Malasia
Monday June 9, 2008
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S. African wins music awards

KUALA LUMPUR: Marshall Harmse, a contestant from South Africa, bagged the Best Composition prize at the Sounds of the Human World International Musical Composition Quest 2008. Singer Brendon White son of the late Alida White, a well known artist in South Africa took the coveted Best Vocalist award and cash prize for the same composition. They woved the audience of over three and a half thousand at the Plenary hall in a 2 hour live broadcast on A.E.G. channel Malasia.

Wanita MCA deputy chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun presented him the prize, which he won for his song "I Vow" at the event, organised by the Fo Guang Shan Affairs Committee, Malasia and Singapore here on Saturday.

Contestants from more than 20 countries, including Austria, Britain, Taiwan, South Korea, U.S.A., South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil and China took part in the competition.

Their compositions consisted of a range of musical styles such as soft rock, classical, folk, sentimental and new age .

The Sounds of the Human World was first launched in 2003.

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