Wheelchair-bound adventurer leads 10km walk for CMR awareness

Bernard Goosen (middle) is supported by Ernst Badenhorst and John Khoza during the walk.

KOMATIPOORT – Dare to care and the impossible becomes possible – this was the message of the Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR) Cee Me Roll awareness campaign.

It was wonderfully illustrated by wheelchair-bound adventurer and motivational speaker, Mr Bernard Goosen, during a 10,5-kilometre family walk on Saturday morning.

Too few people are aware of the professional social-welfare services available locally. The Nkomazi branch of the non-profit CMR, based in Komatipoort, decided to change that.

Goosen, one of the directors, initiated the Cee Me Roll campaign, where he tackled the more than 10 kilometres from the Kruger National Park’s Crocodile Bridge to the rhino statue in front of Mascor’s Caltex filling station in Komatipoort’s CBD.

Front: Mr Ernst Badenhorst, Mr Bernard Goosen, (back) Ms Charmaine Botha, Ms Bianca Pieterse, Ms Marietjie Victor and Ms Michelle Goosen at the finish line.

This was to symbolise how far one can go, unsupported, as many needy people often do. Yet the drive was also to proclaim social support does exist, and is available locally at the CMR.

On Saturday at 07:00, Goosen as well as joggers and walkers from Marloth Park and Komatipoort gathered, and even tourists from Holland and Australia joined in.

The challenge proved more time consuming than expected. Goosen completed four kilometres on the first day, and had to stop when it got dark. He started at 07:00 the next morning and arrived at the filling station at 14:56 to great applause and touched the rhino’s horn.

“Our challenge is that too few locals are aware of these services,” Mr Jan Engelbrecht, the local CMR chairman explained. “Ms Charmaine Botha, our social worker, is exceptionally qualified and has years of experience. The office is at the NG Kerk in Komatipoort.”

“It is amazing how many people are already being assisted (by the CMR) and how many still do not even know these services are available.”

Engelbrecht explained that the section-21 company comprises the reverends and pastors of the Hervormde Kerk, Gereformeerde Kerk, NG Kerk, AFM Gateway Community Church, as well as local lawyers, farmers, the chemist and Goosen.

It thanks everyone who took part in the project and the donors, supporters, helpers and participants who made it possible. A special word of thanks goes to Securicon Lowveld for the safety on the road and the availability of its ambulance services.

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