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Lion 500 Challenge

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Kosta has reached the 500th summit

On Tuesday, 11th February 2020 at around 6:30pm, Kosta completed his 500th summit of Lion's Head Mountain for the Lion 500 Challenge. 

He was welcomed to the top by over 60 hikers, supporters of the Lion 500 project, and hikers who decided to hike that day but ended up celebrating with the group who climbed with him on what was probably one of the hottest days of the year so far. It was a joyous occasion and a special moment as 2 and half years of commitment not only from Kosta but from his supporters marked the culmination of a project which started out as just a hike and then became a amazing journey that people from all walks of life followed, and then establish itself as a platform for spreading awareness of mental health and nature conservation.

 What is even more amazing is that the legacy will carry on with two new challengers who have madethe commitment to also climb Lion's Head 500 times. This time without a time limit, as the mot important part of Lion 500 is the journey itself and the people you meet along the way.

We applaud and wish Jean Victor and Wilhelm Du Plessis much strength, peace and growth in this exciting chapter of their lives and the existance of Lion 500.

If you would like to donate some amount, any amount, please do. It will go to great casues.

Thank you to those who have supported Kosta through everything, to those who offered guidance, to those who offered support, to our sponsors, to those who took Kosta amazing places, to those who taught me valuable lessons, we say thank you. We send you good energy and hugs to you.

Donate and Win!

From 14 February 2020, if you donate R100 or more you stand a chance to win a Lion pendant that is worth R4500. It has 9k gold and an eye of a diamond.

This beauitful piece of jewelery was donated by the amazing The Diamond Works jewelery champions.

 

How does it work?

It works like a raffle. For every R100 you donate, you qualify for a raffle ticket which will be drawn from a hat. For complete transparency, we will show on  live video how the raffle tickets are entered into the draw.

Our aim is to raise enough to reach the R100 000 threshold of the charity funds.

When you enter, please make your name clear on the entry when doing so online on this backabuddy link.

 

Thank you so much for your support!

Running up mountains for these 5 Charities:

  • Rape Crisis
  • Animal Rescue (Fallen Angels  and African Tails)
  • Chipembere Rhino Foundation
  • Depression SA
  • WSAR (Wilderness Search and Rescue)

 

 

Why do We do it?

The hikes up Lionshead are for those who's power was taken from them, or have had lost it during life's events. It is a way to avenge those who suffer in silence, the humans and the animals. 

The Lion 500 Challenge is an effort to inspire people from all walks of life to get back to what humans were designed to do. Be a collaobrative part of nature. As a human beings we are meant to take care of eachother, inspire eachother and empower eachother and use this combined strength to do the important thing and take care of other beings around us; humans, animals, plants and the elements which connect us all.  

We are not only here to exist, but to fight for and empower humans and animals around us. We need each other. No person is an island. I have dedeicated to do the most simplest thing and reconnect with nature by going up a mountain 500 times. Along this journey I have come across animals, humans, plants and the true miracle of nature which is to bring peace back to the human spirit. To cut through all the materials we have become depended on and learn to trust and depend on eachother.

 

What an amazing journey this has become...educational and life changing.

We invite you to join our challengers and beome part of the Lion 500 journey.

 

An Adventure With A Cause

 

Donors are elgible to join on a hike up Lionshead during any Lion 500 event.

To see how Jean and Wilhelm are doing please follow the progress via Facebook and watch them upload a photo of every summit on Instagram via the @thelion500 account.

Why Kosta chose these charities...

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

Rape Crisis is really special to me. It’s simple, I want to avenge those who have been victims and pass on good energy and even if I can pass on a teeny bit of personal empowerment, then I have made a dent. I have been educating myself on how much Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust is doing in the legal world to protect victims.

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

The South African Depression And Anxiety Group are close to my heart as I have lost a friend, and have friends, and have experienced depression myself. It is the silent killer which we need to talk about and stop looking away from. It’s a serious thing that you do not just snap out of. But what helps is providing a shoulder, a conversation, an exchange of good experiences and understanding.

Chipembere Rhino Foundation

Chipembere Rhino Foundation, it’s not just about the Rhinos but wildlife in general, IF WE CANNOT SAVE THE RHINO WITH ALL OUR RESOURCES AND INTELLIGENCE, THEN WE HAVE LOST. It’s symbolic of everything sacred and alive in the world. Protecting our environment instead of obsessing over material possessions. Save The Rhino, Save The World.

Fallen Angels Pet Rescue

Fallen Angels Pet Rescue, it’s simple, we are the guardians of the world, the intelligent species and we are relied on by our furry friends to keep them safe, give them love and shelter and in return we get infinite love. There are thousands of dogs and cats who have been abandoned because of humans. Help us find a home for them. I know how difficult this can as Cape Town’s landlords in general make it impossible or costly to keep a loving pet. Fallen Angels do their best to care for and re-home these pets.

WSAR Western Cape

Wilderness Search and Rescue, this is an easy one to have close to my heart. Going up a mountain daily I have been part of few Mountain Rescue cases. Helping victims with broken bones, ligaments and other serious injuries down a mountain. This is not an easy process and not cheap either but we have real superheroes who offer their assistance for free to be first to the scene of mountain accidents and searches. They are volunteers but need the right tools and funding for serious rescue missions.

Read about Lion 500 in the News

Donations

  • Feb 24, 2020 - R 102.82
  • "Massive congrats Kosta! The Lion will forever have your heartbeat! " - Berdine Spangenberg

  • Feb 21, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Good effort for worthy causes" - Yvette Rijnsburger

  • Feb 20, 2020 - R 102.82
  • "Well done! For #rapecrisis ?" - Janine Zitianellis

  • Feb 14, 2020 - R 305.25
  • "Congrats on completing the 500 summits! Such a great initiative. Glad I could be part of this journey" - Physiotrailrunner

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 14.13
  • "Well done! " - Margot

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 203.50
  • "Well done Kosta! Proud of your achievement!" - Cathy

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 105.20
  • "For your good works , Lion King ! " - Lynn Hogan

  • Feb 12, 2020 - USD $ 35.33
  • "Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end. Congrats on Reaching your goal, savour it! May this end bring you a new and exciting chapter ahead. " - Andrew & Jessie

  • Feb 11, 2020 - R 514.10
  • ""You don't have to get into a giant laser sword fight and blow up three space ships to be a hero" You are a hero Kosta! Well done bud" - Ashka

  • Feb 11, 2020 - R 5 141.00
  • "Congrats on finishing bro. Stay strong! " - Neo

  • Feb 11, 2020 - R 257.05
  • "Well done on your journey and inspiring others to continue it going forward. What a privilege to have this as an exciting chapter in your life! Congrats on reaching your summit goal!" - Roelof Louw

  • Feb 11, 2020 - USD $ 34.96
  • "Good luck my friend on your final summit, so proud of you. " - Reece

  • Feb 11, 2020 - R 6 169.20
  • "Our penalty for not going up the mountain with you" - You know who :)

  • Feb 10, 2020 - USD $ 35.14
  • "Good luck with the final summit!" - Micha Wijesingha (Germany)

  • Feb 08, 2020 - USD $ 35.14
  • "A small contribution for a massive and meaningful charity project. Great initiative Kosta. " - Konstantinos Politis

  • Feb 08, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "Well done for all you're doing to create awareness for all the projects you support. Glad to be joining you on the mountain tonight." - Anonymous

  • Feb 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "

    You are an Inspiration - The end is near Friend xxx

    " - Lizanne Putzier

  • Feb 06, 2020 - USD $ 14.30
  • "Congrats with the 500th Summit! Unbelievable! I hope you can still reach your ultimate goal to donate R500000" - Chante

  • Feb 01, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you for doing something amazing. One day I'd like to join you!" - Ray VW

  • Jan 29, 2020 - R 257.05
  • "Thank you for all that you do." - Jacqui Cooks

  • Jan 29, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Best wishes for a strong finish to your Lion500 project! Your commitment and passion is admirable. Looking forward to reading about your next projects!" - Krish

  • Jan 16, 2020 - R 102.82
  • "All these causes are amazing and really love what you are doing! " - Sarah

  • Jan 09, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Great to see you at this still Kosta. Well done. The finish line is near...

    " - Lauren-Mother City Hikers

  • Dec 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "God bless Kosta. Thanks for the project." - Sergios

  • Dec 09, 2019 - USD $ 41.03
  • "Thanks Kosta & co! Keep up good work!" - Sami & Milla

  • Dec 04, 2019 - USD $ 17.95
  • "Good luck and thank you for your inspiration!" - jen

  • Oct 05, 2019 - USD $ 209.91
  • "Best of luck, Kosta!" - Travel Beyond

  • Oct 05, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Let's make this world a better place" - Gugu

  • Oct 04, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Keep doing what you're doing!" - Marcelle Palmer

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Snapscan" - Bronwyn Jackson

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Snapscan" - Charnelle Kluth

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 300.00
  • "Snapscan" - David Goldschagg

  • Sep 28, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "Great initiative,well done !!" - Heila

  • Sep 27, 2019 - R 160.00
  • "Great causes to support. Good luck with the rest of the summits " - Chantal Fourie

  • Sep 26, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Here's to climbing the lion in aid of a worthy cause! " - Tamryn

  • Sep 17, 2019 - USD $ 107.97
  • "Thanks for your fundraising effort" - Irina & Martin

  • Aug 26, 2019 - USD $ 34.48
  • "Good luck Kosta!" - Nicola Longmuir

  • Aug 09, 2019 - USD $ 69.96
  • "Thanks for everything" - Saraceno family

  • Jul 10, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "400 summit's done keep at it Kosta you are nearly done. Stay focused you are doing great." - Single-track

  • May 23, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Kosta" - Brian

  • May 19, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for taking us safely today and contributing to such great causes. God bless you Costa " - Ansuya

  • Mar 29, 2019 - USD $ 36.02
  • "“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K Rowling" - Anonymous

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 50.00
  • ":-)" - Elon Musk

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Until we meet again " - Fats

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Last summit before she closes for maintenance " - NoSpeedLimit

  • Jan 04, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Its great to see fellow hiker's positive response seeing us collecting the trash. This is such a great initiative to keep our mountains clean." - Cathy Hoogenhout

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good work, Kosta." - Jackie Romanov

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Keep up the good work, Kosta! I admire your determination. " - Cathy Hoogenhout

  • Jan 02, 2019 - R 50.00
  • "SnapScan" - Yolandi de Wet

  • Jan 02, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "SnapScan" - Kenneth Speed

  • Dec 31, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Well done Kosta! Not my first and definitely not my last hike for the cause " - Shirees

  • Dec 27, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Creating awareness not only for your causes, but also all the rubbish and graffiti on the mountain is truly heart warming! Thank YOU! On my way now to go fill some black bags!" - Jaco

  • Dec 26, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "You asked for out help due to injury, we're here for you like you are there for your causes" - Fats

  • Dec 22, 2018 - R 101.50
  • "First hike of many to help you reach the 500 mark" - NoSpeedLimit

  • Nov 04, 2018 - R 1 300.02
  • "Hope you doing better!" - Kiveli

  • Oct 25, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "will rather give 1% to your cause than price of party ticket " - Not NJ

  • Oct 25, 2018 - USD $ 72.23
  • "Kosta - You are an inspiration! Keep fighting the good fight! Your causes are important ones! Much Love & Gratitude for your purpose!" - Hogan Family

  • Oct 12, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for guiding me on my first ascent! “Argentino”" - Leonel

  • Oct 05, 2018 - R 1 157.06
  • "Keep it going! " - Kiveli

  • Oct 04, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "thank you and Good Luck...will double again when 500 done!!" - Neil

  • Sep 12, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Happy Birthday Lionman " - Wild Things Outdoor

  • Sep 09, 2018 - R 1 417.50
  • "You’re a great inspiration to many! You’ve got loads of support behind you! Keep climbing " - Kiveli

  • Aug 28, 2018 - USD $ 37.16
  • "Amazing commitment Kosta! Well done on your efforts and helping these charity’s!" - Deon Ebel

  • Aug 17, 2018 - R 1 149.12
  • "The mountain man of Africa... #almosthrough" - Kiveli

  • Aug 12, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "I'm in awe of your achievement so far Kosta" - Tony and Norma Davison

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 68.89
  • "I am in awe of you.. Wish I could spend my 67 minutes with you today but alas.. Prior commitments " - Fats

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Congratulations on 300 summits!" - Lauren

  • Jul 14, 2018 - USD $ 7.93
  • "Love the missions up the mountain! keep up the great work!!" - Tobias

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Let the people of the nation grow the nation. Let's restore the "village"!" - Neo

  • Jul 04, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep up the good work, motherfucker!" - Wilco

  • Jul 03, 2018 - R 1 014.04
  • "Keep Climbing " - Kiveli

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "I'm with you till the end of the line " - Nikki

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Never give up hope. Even when you don't feel strong, some how things will all turn out just fine :) " - Anonymous

  • Jun 28, 2018 - USD $ 37.98
  • "I believe in your project and what you set out to achieve " - Anonymous

  • Jun 19, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "You are doing something amazing, good luck. " - Stephanie

  • Jun 12, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks for doing this for such amazing causes " - Tess

  • Jun 12, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "SnapScan" - Monique Thirion

  • Jun 01, 2018 - R 658.70
  • "Half way there!" - Kiveli

  • May 31, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "YES man!" - Anonymous

  • May 30, 2018 - USD $ 41.44
  • "Keep climbing, Kosta! You are doing so well." - Cathy Farmer

  • May 29, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "The best hike yet was in the pouring rain! Glad I got to be there with you!" - Wesley

  • May 24, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Keep it up! Well done.." - Stu Abbott

  • May 22, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Keep up the great work. I'm a big fan and have nothing but respect for your cause, tenacity and generous spirit. Well done!" - @MrChandlerHouse

  • May 15, 2018 - R 250.00
  • "SnapScan" - SnapScan

  • May 14, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "You are such an inspiration! Thank you for all your efforts in raising awareness about the plight of others." - Anusuya

  • May 12, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Well done Kostas! The world needs more warriors like you! " - sandra

  • May 11, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Inspired by your Adventure bud! Keep going. " - Wild Things Outdoor

  • May 08, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "For my shirt - looking forward to hiking The Lion with you again soon" - Kenneth Speed

  • May 07, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "It's people like you who should really be honoured for the challenging efforts you put yourself through to help out those in need. Keep up the good work!" - Wayne Hendrickse

  • May 04, 2018 - R 260.00
  • "Ask "Why?", and he'll respond, "Because I can." Thank you for sharing a bit of your journey with me, Kosta. And for being my hiking buddy on my first Lion's Head sunrise" - Vanessa

  • May 02, 2018 - R 482.42
  • "Life is about resistance, we need resistance in order to grow. " - Kiveli

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Thank you for helping - every bit makes such a difference!" - Wendy De La Harpe

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "To an inspiring man getting others around him to get out more and think about those in need!" - Chloe De La Harpe

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "The world needs more people like you. It may feel too hard to continue the fight some days...but do not give up...you are who the rest of us look to for hope." - Charlene Weiss

  • Apr 24, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Strongs brother you're doing an amazing job thusfar, almost half way!" - Roelof Louw

  • Apr 22, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "I admire your dedication, Kosta! Keep it up! I will join you for many more hikes." - Cathy Hoogenhout

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keep up the good work! Looking forward to join you again :)" - Anne Mone Frederiksen

  • Apr 19, 2018 - USD $ 52.84
  • "Good luck Kosta!" - Julianne Chai

  • Apr 18, 2018 - USD $ 83.43
  • "Go Kosta! Hear you roar. Awesome causes." - Lindiwe

  • Apr 17, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "370 to go. " - Kum Mulenga

  • Apr 11, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done on 200 summits " - @Kyleincpt

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 734.86
  • "Almost 200 keep going!" - Kiveli

  • Apr 01, 2018 - USD $ 44.46
  • "i wish i was there buddy to join your hikes :-) " - Dimitris/Mai

  • Mar 31, 2018 - USD $ 17.79
  • "Looking forward to hiking with you tomorrow " - The Speeds

  • Mar 17, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Salute!" - Georgios Michaelides

  • Mar 13, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Keep going kosta" - Aretha

  • Mar 09, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Why climb Lions ahead any other way #[email protected]" - Christopher Heaney

  • Feb 27, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Keep it up man! Amazing work :D " - Warryn

  • Feb 23, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Happy birthday bro! Keep the legs moving and thanks for setting such a great example!" - Dwayne

  • Feb 12, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Nothing short of admirable Kosta! " - Kim G

  • Feb 11, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Thanks for an unforgettable experience Kosta and your personal commitment to the community. " - Duncan McMillan

  • Feb 10, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "Nice one Kosta. Keep up the awesome work!" - Anonymous

  • Feb 07, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "keep inspiring...." - Taahir Osman

  • Feb 05, 2018 - R 400.00
  • "Well done Kosta! Appreciate you taking care of the mountain and the people you see along the way each day. " - Lauren Medcalf

  • Feb 05, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Great idea, keep up the good work" - Julie Scott

  • Feb 02, 2018 - USD $ 26.65
  • "You are the change that you wish to see in the world!" - Elias Vrohidis

  • Feb 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Stay Strong :-)" - Mandy Meyer

  • Feb 01, 2018 - R 407.74
  • "Keep up the good work!" - Kiveli

  • Feb 01, 2018 - USD $ 44.42
  • "Thanks for all your help on the mountain last night!" - Christina

  • Jan 31, 2018 - USD $ 43.33
  • "It was a pleasure to hike with you Kosta. Thanks again for your help" - Carol and Donald Borland

  • Jan 30, 2018 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Keep going Kosta! " - Miriam Mannak

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Look forward to many a lioning with you this year Kosta" - Katya Soggot

  • Jan 12, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great initiative." - YiorgoZ

  • Jan 11, 2018 - R 117.21
  • "Inspirational! We need more people with your dedication and perseverance and empathy" - Andrew

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 72 543.74

Fundraising target

R 500 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 2 765.00
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The Lion 500 Challenge is an effort to hike Lionshead Mountain in Cape Town 500 times by 31 December 2018. One man has been given this task to complete and donors can donate per hike or a lump sum.