The annual Sani Pass trek for CHOC – The Childhood Cancer Foundation – is in its 6th year this year, and is aimed at raising funds for children with cancer and life threatening blood disorders.
The CHOC trek which takes place on 9 August, calls on those who are willing to enter the challenge for a moderate fee and dedicate a day to hiking up Sani Pass. The trek can be considered a metaphor for facing an uphill challenge and conquering it with a positive attitude and determination – characteristics displayed by many brave children, teenagers, adults and the elderly battling cancer and blood disorders. For many who continue to do the walk again each year, it has become akin to a spiritual pilgrimage and a sign of ongoing support for loved ones battling cancer.
The trek itself is 8 kilometres from the South African border post to the top of the pass, which sits at an altitude of 2783 metres. The incline gradually increases with a total altitude gain of 300 metres in just 8 kilometres! Not for the faint-hearted, the trek can be completed by the moderately fit. It is not recommended you do the trek if you consider yourself unfit!
The first challenge took place in August of 2010 on a beautiful, sunny day. However, over the following years, participants have walked in all conditions – snow, sunshine, rain, wind and hail with a great spirit of camaraderie. Last year, 2014, saw 400 participants enter the challenge, while numbers continue to steadily increase year-on-year.
The organisation of the Sani Pass Walk for CHOC is a labour of love for Joy and Glen de Witt and their family.
If you would like to participate in this wonderful initiative, don’t forget to pencil it in your diary! You can visit the CHOC website for more details on: http://www.choc.org.za/ or you can personally email Joy on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.