In 2013, Lee den Hond carried the South African flag to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. What started as a personal adventure, evolved into a significant goal to raise the funds which have now built a children’s centre called the Field of Dreams.
On Everest, it was minus 34 degree Celsius temperatures. This epic journey took 2 months.
In April 2017, Lee will be carrying the South African flag again. This time, it will be 50 degrees Celsius, in the Sahara desert undertaking what is known as, “The stuff of legends and the toughest foot race on earth”.
Lee is undertaking this mammoth task to raise awareness and raise funds to build a much needed clinic at the Field of Dreams community centre to address the urgent health needs of both children and adults in the community.
Marathon Des Sables a 251km, 7 day race in the Sahara Desert, a notoriously inhospitable environment. Lee will compete against elements including relentless heat, unforgiving sand dunes and white hot salt plains.
Upbeat about the challenge, Lee says, “I will be taking the same South African flag, which has been signed by the children of the community. This flag was with me standing on top of Everest and I plan to take it across the finish line in the Sahara Desert. I believe that it symbolises the hopes and dreams of children in South Africa that are in desperate need of support, nurturing and medical care.”
The Field of Dreams Children’s Centre was Lee’s vision for the children of the Schaumburg community, an informal settlement outside Brits.
The Centre was built from funds raised from the Mt Everest climb and opened its doors on 5 December 2015. It provides a safe and learner-friendly space for children and adults. It currently offers a weekly mobile clinic. Lee remains passionate that the Field of Dreams Children’s Centre will build and open a Field of Dreams Clinic.
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