The Mountain Goat Challenge was started in 2017 in an effort to raise money for the amazing Dee Harris who was diagnosed with Hurthle Cell Cancer which then metastasized into her throat, stomach, kidneys, lungs and back.
The amazing Mountain Goats decided to do a gruelling 4 peak challenge on 18 February 2017 to raise money for the Harris family to cover all their medical bills. The team hiked for 16 hours and covered Devils Peak, Platteklip, India Venster, Lions Head and KasteelsPoort. The day was a massive success with the team raising R260 000.00.
When Dee was in ICU at the end of 2017, she spent 50 days with the amazing nursing staff at Kingsbury Hospital. During this time she really got to know the nursing staff and hear their stories. In true Dee fashion, she decided that the Mountain Goat legacy has to live on and the cause needed to go to the nurses to put them through nursing school. It costs approximately R30 000 to put one nurse through nursing school for a year and our goal is to see nurses through their degree and beyond without financial strain.
In November of 2017, the amazing Dee Harris lost her life to cancer and her legacy is now living on through this amazing challenge and helping the nurses who give so happily to others.
In 2018 the Mountain Goat challenge was a MASSIVE success and we have managed to put the incredible Thuliswa Sikweza through a year of nursing school. Thuliswa has had a tough journey to get where she is but she has persevered through school and nursing training. Since funding Thuliswa she has managed to maintain above a 70% average and is on track for graduation at the end of this year. Thuliswa is wanting to specialise in midwifery and we are wanting to help her. To learn more about Thuliswa, head to our page - link is down below.
This year The Mountain Goat Challenge is on 13 April and we are hiking an even harder route for this amazing cause. We are looking for donations so that we can put more nurses like Thuliswa through nursing school and help them to help others.
To see more about our challenge, the route and more, please see our page below.