When Mr Dave Hansen competed in the Ironman competition this year, he did so with a special goal – apart from the personal achievement in completing the most gruelling sporting event on the calendar, he was running for the Theo Jackson Scholarship Fund and, together with fellow competitor Jonathan Hurwitz, a Jeppe old boy (Tsessebe 2001) he collected over R14 000 for the worthy cause.
“Each year at the Ironman there is a charity category called ‘Ironman for the kids’. Athletes have to get sponsorship of at least R10 500 to qualify to run under that banner.” Mr Hansen explained.
The money raised is donated to orphanages and children’s charities is the region where the race is staged. “I managed to raise the money, but my sponsor didn’t want his logo to appear on my kit, so I persuaded the organisers to let me wear the Theo Jackson Fund branding instead. They also agreed that a proportion of what Jonathan and I raised could go to the fund as it is line with their vision – to help children in need from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mr Hansen is housemaster of Tsessebe and Jonathan Hurvitz is a former head of the house, so there was an immediate bond between them. “It was great working with him to provide an opportunity for a boy to come to Jeppe.”