GO GEORGE mascots Smartie and Georgie and staff cheered on race-goers with great enthusiasm. Picture: Desmond Scholtz

The George Municipality takes pride in its association with the 18th annual Outeniqua Chair Challenge (OCC) which took place on Saturday (15 February 2020).

Race organiser Alewijn Dippenaar hands over an OCC 2020 t-shirt to George Executive Deputy Mayor Charlotte Clarke during the official opening of the event on Friday. Picture: Desmond Scholtz

In addition to a substantial financial contribution, municipal staff and councillors were involved in everything from major logistical support to pushing wheelchairs.

George Executive Deputy Mayor Charlotte Clarke said the OCC was an inspiring event that showcased the heart of the George community and its inherent compassion for the disabled. “While we are always proud of the top national and international athletes this event attracts, we love the spirit of the 5km fun ride in which able-bodied people push the chairs of nearly 800 disabled people who are just enthralled by the fun and excitement.

GO GEORGE mascots Smartie and Georgie and staff cheered on race-goers with great enthusiasm. Picture: Desmond Scholtz

“It is an extraordinary event in which disabled people, and those who love and support them, get an opportunity to celebrate life and be inspired. The George Municipality is blessed to be part of this event and hopes to remain involved indefinitely.

“We have many dreams for our city to become more than just the host of the wheelchair race, and we are working towards a sports festival for people of all kinds of disabilities,” said Ms Clarke.

More than 1000 disabled people participated in this year’s event, including top international stars such as Ernst van Dyk, Pieter du Preez and Stuart McCreadie, young and upcoming star Zach Legward and well-known RSG radio personality Martelize Brink. The race also had some international flavour with athletes from Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

Pictures by Desmond and Athane Sholtz

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21 years ago Herman and his wife Carina, with their 2 daughters moved to George in the beautiful Garden Route region of South Africa. He has a passion for the people of the region and is involved in many humanitarian projects. He is co-owner of the popular Facebook group called Georgiete Staan Saam with a membership of 77 500. He is a connector and an activist for unity and works tirelessly to help all communities in George and the Garden Route to realise that the answer for the political, business and socio-economical problems of the area is to stand together, plan together and working together at a common sustainable goal of alleviating poverty. Herman is the CEO of the Love Garden Route NPC and is one of the founders of the Love George movement. He is the owner and founder of the LoveGeorge News platform and the online radio stations RadioCSA. For 30 years Herman specializes in web development and web design and through his business also offer web-hosting, email-hosting and domain-hosting. As a Pastor he has presented over 40 men's and women's camps where the main focus is to assist and guide Christians in discovering who and whose they are, discovering their true calling and then activate them into their true Prophetic and Apostolic calling.