A Businesswoman of the Year, Lee den Hond has climbed Mount Everest and plans to run across a desert – all for a good cause.
Written by: Samantha Hartshorne
Pictures by: NHLANHLA PHILLIPS
Whoever will be kind to them?
...are the words that spurred Lee den Hond to summit Mount Everest and raise more than R1 million to build a children's centre for a community near Hartbeespoort Dam. The chief executive has made her accomplishment count for the hundreds of needy children she has come to know.
"Many of them are child-headed households - there are about 2500 kids in the community."
As the owner of successful company Blue Platinum events, and a Businesswoman of the Year winner, Den Hond is no stranger to challenges. But she has found a passion beyond achieving personal goals – Mount Everest was just the beginning of her journey with Field of Dreams.
“I am planning to run the Marathon des Sables next year in Morocco. It is a seven-day unassisted run across the desert. My big challenge there will be sore feet and the heat.”
Her charity, Field of Dreams, will once again benefit from money she raises from which she plans to build a clinic.
The clinic she is planning to build at Field of Dreams will bring much-needed chronic care and emergency services to the
community. “I appeal to all South Africans to run this race with me and help me achieve even more for the kids.”