Life coach Jean-Pierre De Villiers (JP) ran the equivalent of three marathons (79 miles!!) at the end of February in under 24 hours to raise money for FARS!
To make it even more astonishing, he hadn’t long recovered from a huge CRASH after being hit by a car while on a 1,000-mile charity ride in 2019, in which he suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries, and spent 15 days in intensive care.
As an animal lover and vegan, JP recently joined the FARS team and went on to set himself this extreme challenge, not long after successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for mental health charity ‘Mind’, in 2020!
“After my accident. I wanted to do more to spread the message of love and kindness towards animals and I decided to support my local sanctuary which looks after more than 450 farm animals. It costs £1,500 per week to keep the sanctuary going.
“I am going to put myself through a lot of suffering and I am going to reach the 79 miles mark. Never mind having both of my legs broken. Even before my accident, I have never run such distance in my life. If I can’t run it, I will walk it. If I can’t walk it, I will crawl it. But I am going to do it!”
Funds generated from JP’s challenge will go to the sanctuary’s current appeal to fund hay and feed, and general animal care costs.
Team member Lenka Sobotkova said she has been blown away by recent support from the community.
“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of kindness, generosity and wonderful comments from the public.
“Since the launch of our fund-raiser, to date, we have raised £6,245 from 170 supporters. This amount has secured hay and feed for Carole’s animals for four weeks.
“With just over 20 days to go we are hoping to achieve our stretch target of £10,000. The additional sum would be put towards more feed for a further three weeks.”
Visit the crowdfunder to see www.crowdfunder.co.uk/emergency-covid-19-hay-and-feed-appeal what JP has helped us to raise.
See the full article from the Leamington Observer here: https://leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/crash-victim-prepares-for-gruelling-79-mile-challenge-in-one-day-27992/