Ironman 70.3 - Matt Budden (in support of Project Braveheart and the RBPS Vuleka Trust)
- By: Matt Budden
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/ironman-703-matt-budden-in-support-of
I reflect on my life and one word that comes to mind is that of opportunity. I have been privileged to have parents, resources and support systems which have provided me with the opportunities to grow, develop and thrive. I attended a school where I was spoiled for choice and support in what I could get involved in, be it sport, culture and academics. I then attended the University of Cape Town, a dream of many young South Africans where I pursued my love for business through a Business Science Degree in Finance and Accounting. I am, now, currently completing my articles in the Corporate Finance Advisory Department at Moore Cape Town where I constantly am encouraged to grow and lead.
What is so apparent to me is that so many young people do not have these opportunities or are hindered by other shortcomings which impact their ability to thrive. I am grateful for the many people who have contributed to my life and really hope I can be a similar vessel of hope and opportunity for others in the year to come.
This brings me to this page. My goal is to give back. To push myself for a cause bigger than myself. I have decided to take on the challenge of completing my first Ironman 70.3 in Durban in 2020. For those of you who do not know me, this will take immense dedication and sacrifice in order to be ready to take on something so stringent on the body. It consists of a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle and then a 21.1km run! The only endurance events I have done previously are a couple of half marathons (21.1km). For some it may be easy but for normal people like me it is daunting, yet exciting to see the power of the mind and body.
I have decided to journey alongside, and raise awareness, for two organisations that represent to areas close to my heart: bullying and education. My goal is to raise R50,000 which will be split equally between Project Brave Heart (https://projectbraveheart.co.za/) and the RBPS Vuleka Trust (https://www.rbpsvulekatrust.co.za/).
Project Brave Heart is an organisation that aims to prevent and limit the phenomenon of bullying in schools, communities and the workplace by means of effective programs to empower the victims and transform and help the bully. It is a call for all of us to change the way we see other and be accepting of everyone's uniqueness.
The second organisation is committed to opening doors to a high standard of education for pupils of previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are eligible and selected for enrolment at one of the leading boys' schools in the country.
Education and relationships are at the forefront of purpose. Through education and harnessing positive human interaction we can change our city, country or world. It may be an inkling in relation to the work that needs to be done but I hope you will journey with me as we bring hope and opportunity to others!
Let's do this!
- Sep 17, 2019 - R 1 015.00
- "For his kingdom!!! GO MATT!!!" - Sawyers
Project Brave Heart
Maiveen Boehme launched this registered NPC after being a victim herself to bullying in her school years and later her own daughters. Going through these traumatic events, especially trying to help her daughters, Maiveen saw the need for a more comprehensive program that would minimize bullying in general. The main aim is to create an environment in which all South Africans, whether at school or in the workplace and/or in relationships make a stand against bullying and all its aspects. Our long-term vision is to create the most effective anti-bullying movement in SA. Step number one is to create a National Day – Brave Heart Day. This will be the focus for the first year!