Mitchel Bloem (left) and his brother, Bradly. Mitchel is walking from George to Cape Town to raise funds for the Maitland Cottage Children's Orthopaedic Hospital. To support his efforts to raise funds for young children with special needs, visit https://www.backabuddy.co.za/mitchelsmissionformch.
GARDEN ROUTE NEWS AND VIDEO - Motorists travelling to and from Cape Town in the next ten days to two weeks are warned to be on the lookout for an intrepid, kind hearted adventurer.
Mitchel Bloem, a 23 year old man born and bred in George is walking all the way to Cape Town to raise funds for the Maitland Cottage Children's Orthopaedic Hospital.
The Mossel Bay Advertiser caught up with with him as he passed through town after leaving George this week. Mitch currently works in the USA as a chef.
"Before I head back to work I want to send a message of love and kindness to my birth country. I believe that we all have the ability to make a difference in the world.
"Whenever I travel, I try to leave my environment better than when I found it. In my travels I have come across many less fortunate individuals who have overcome adversity and found the strength to beat the obstacles and limitations placed on them.
"Learning about the Maitland Cottage Children's Orthopaedic Hospital, I was inspired by the young children and their personal struggles and I decided to do my part to bring joy to their lives," Mitch said.
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The Maitland Cottage Children's Orthopaedic Hospital runs the largest club foot clinic in the country, they tend to approximately 120 patients a month. In their full operating theatre, they perform over 550 operations per year. Children are treated for a variety of conditions such as Acute Osteomyelitis, Osteitis and Spina Bifida to name a few.
"In honour of this amazing organisation and the children in their care, I have decided to make my way from George to Cape Town, a distance of 429km, as a beacon of hope for these children undergoing various orthopaedic treatments. I want to inspire them to focus all their positive energy on their rehabilitation, so one day, they too can run amazing distances to better the lives of others."
Mitch hopes to complete his quest in 10 to 12 days. All funds raised are managed by BackaBuddy. To support his efforts to raise funds for young children with special needs, visit www.backabuddy.co.za/mitchelsmissionformch
ARTICLE, VIDEO & PHOTO: NICKEY LE ROUX, MOSSEL BAY ADVERTISER NEWS EDITOR