This week Unogwaja 2016 team member Amanda Cromhout became the first team member to blast through her R 50 000 fundraising goals for this years challenge. The Cape Town based mom of three has no plans to stop there and is doing her best to help make a sustainable difference for the future of our country. Having chatted already to captain Nat and father figure the Stoff, Amanda was an obvious next person to chat to about all things Unogwaja.
Jabu: How did you find out about the Unogwaja Challenge?
Jabu: So knowing about Unogwaja is one thing, but what made you want to join the Unogwaja Challenge?
Jabu: Unogwaja is a journey of heart, but it’s also one heck of a physical challenge. Tell us about your endurance sporting experience in the past?
Amanda: I never in a million years would have thought of myself as an endurance athlete! It amuses me somewhat! I have done Comrades twice (back to back 2014/5) and a couple of triathlons, DC, etc. I must admit cycling is far from my forte so it will be a massive challenge. I love my running and have to focus on cycling. I guess 10 days of it will get me focused!
Jabu: Why is it so important for you to make a difference rather than sitting back and watching others do it?
Jabu: I really dig your vibe around that and its such great words that show you have had so much inspiration in life. Who are the people in your life that have inspired you to change the world?
- Rob, my oldest brother, is an absolute inspiration; he always looks to help/serve those around him, before himself. He is selfless and I love that about him
- 1 of my earliest leaders in business, David Noyes, when I was faced with a career dilemma, encouraged me to take the really super scary role (as British Airways GM South Africa as a scared 29-year-old British lass). He said “if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing” and this has stuck with me as a life motto. It also connected me for the 1st time & then the rest of my life to South Africa.
- My kids: it’s the biggest privilege to be able to show your kids that it’s worth working hard to change the world – who wouldn’t want to do that!?
- Theo, my hubby: never in my entire life could I have dreamt of someone believing in me so much. He offers unwavering support and is my biggest fan… surprises me endlessly
Jabu: Although it already seems apparent to me in talking to you, what do you hope your legacy on the world will be?
Jabu: Where can our readers interact with you online?