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Help Coach Matt

Help Coach Matt

Funds Raised:
R 129 745
Fundraising Target:
R 120 000
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Hey guys, 

 
My name is Matt Bekker. You probably know me as a friend, a strength and conditioning coach, a powerlifting athlete and coach and a St. Mary’s rowing coach.
 
On the 26th of August I was engaging in an adventure abseiling activity as part of a fun weekend bachelor's party - celebrating my soon to be brother in Law. Despite my fear of heights, I was looking forward to having some fun with the experience and fully planned on turning around if I became uncomfortable. 
 
Unfortunately, I never got to experience the abseiling. Climbing the side of a mountain in the Drakensburg to reach the abseiling site, I slipped from a narrow and barely defined pathway and fell approximately 10m down a cliff face. As I started to slip , my life flashed before my eyes and I knew I was about to experience a world of pain. 
 
Slipping off the cliff I fell about 5m straight down, colliding with a boulder which broke my ankle and changed my trajectory. I then fell an additional 5m, landing face down on another boulder. I was conscious and in a lot of shock, having access to upper limb movement but no control over any movement from my waist down. 
 
From this point on I endured a grueling 8 hour, pain-killer-free wait on the mountainside before I could be taken to hospital. This involved waiting for paramedics, two helicopters that couldn't land, and eventually being carried down the mountainside by the bachelor's party I was with.
 
On arrival at St Anne's Hospital in Pietermaritzberg, it was determined that I had  a complete compound fracture dislocation of my left ankle and fractures and contusion to my upper/mid spine. So I hadn't died, but was terrified I would be paralysed for life. 
 
As I write this, it has been 12 days since I arrived at St Anne's. I have undergone surgery and now have two plates and 17 screws in my ankle. My spinal injury has been treated through a combination of medicines and physio therapy. Doctors have assured me I will walk again, and go on to make a full recovery. Still, I have not been able to move my legs more than a few centimeters with great effort.
 
Although I have had a few days to process everything that has happened to me, I am still hugely frightened by what could have happened to me and stressed and concerned about the coming months.
 
My doctors have discussed being completely out of action for the next 3 months, possibly looking at a whole year before I recover fully, and definitely spending more time in hospitals and rehabilitation than anybody thought.
 
This brings me to how you can help. While I am fortunate enough to be on a medical aid scheme, there are a few medical expenses the medical aid is not able to cover. This includes my rehabilitation program, physio therapy sessions and my prolonged stay in the high care unit at St Anne's.
 
Apart from medical expenses, my income for the next three months, and possibly beyond, will be severely impacted. Without being able to stand in a gym and coach, my ability to earn an income will be minimised.
 
I am so grateful so be where I am today. Alive. Assured that I will walk again. And surrounded by love and support beyond measure from family, friends, clients and colleagues. 
 
I have every intention to return to my passions of coaching and lifting. I know I have a long journey ahead but I am ready for this part of my life journey and this part of my fight.
 
Any contribution you are able to make to my cause would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way towards making my recovery easier.

Donations

  • Sep 29, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Matt the speed with which you've reached your target with this campaign shows what faith we all have in you!! You're strong in every which way....wishing you good rehab💪" - Jane

  • Sep 23, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 22, 2023 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 20, 2023 - USD $ 5.71 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 19, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 18, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon Matt. Sending lots of healing wishes your way. Love from Sabrina Imbriolo" - Sabrina

  • Sep 18, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "" - Linda Price

  • Sep 18, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "" - Trudie Bekker

  • Sep 15, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck with your recovery Matt! Pray that God will heal you 100%" - Henk & Laura

  • Sep 15, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best Matt" - Anonymous

  • Sep 13, 2023 - R 250.00
  • "The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole 💛" - Mahlatse (an old friend of Erin's)

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 8 826.85 Fees covered
  • "Good luck with rehab!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a full and speedy recovery coach Matt." - Iman Wadvalla

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending all the positive vibes and strength your way. You’re one tough cookie, and I have no doubt you’ll come through this stronger than ever." - Sarah Hughes

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon ❤️‍🩹" - Anonymous

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Stay strong boet! Speedy recovery!" - Daniel Perry

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 100.00
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 12, 2023 - USD $ 228.79 Fees covered
  • "" - Cait & Alex

  • Sep 12, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Please get well soon, Matt. Take all the time you need to recover. The world is waiting!" - Zima & Adu

  • Sep 11, 2023 - USD $ 5.66 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 11, 2023 - R 250.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending positive thoughts and prayers! 🫶" - Chris Wilton

  • Sep 11, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best for your recovery Matt. Love Justine & Emma Impey" - Emma & Justine Impey

  • Sep 11, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "So sorry to hear about this, wishing you a good recovery!" - Steph C

  • Sep 11, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Stay Strong!" - St Benedict’s Rowing

  • Sep 11, 2023 - USD $ 56.63 Fees covered
  • ""Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up" Alfed (Batman Begins). Our thoughts are with you." - Wendy and G

  • Sep 10, 2023 - USD $ 54.03 Fees covered
  • "" - Stuart

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Get well Matt. Thinking of you xxx" - Bernd, Nicola, Seb & Alex Julicher

  • Sep 10, 2023 - USD $ 56.50 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you strength in your journey to recovery" - Kevin Soutar

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon sir. 🦾🦾" - Anonymous

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Get better soon Matt! Lots of love Rich and Bron" - Anonymous

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Trevor Treherne

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "For you and my Erry, recovering is tough but you guys have got this ❤️ I'm hoping the pain is minimal and the progress swift Matt!" - Beth

  • Sep 10, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 10, 2023 - USD $ 282.49 Fees covered
  • "Really hope your recovery is speedy Mat0" - Michael

  • Sep 09, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery Matt! You’re strong as an ox, I have no doubt that you’ll conquer this setback!" - Dom Cruz

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 28.25 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon, Matt!" - Tatum's family

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 26.14
  • "I wish you all the best for your recovery Matt. From Nicky (Daniel’s aunt)" - Nicky

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 108.05 Fees covered
  • "🙏❤️" - Ricky Cruz

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 141.25 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!" - The Fish Family

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 56.50 Fees covered
  • "Stay strong Matty!" - Warren Prospero

  • Sep 09, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Hi Matthew We are thinking and praying for your recovery. We are all here to help you and your loved ones. Tony and Megan" - Megan Cunningham

  • Sep 09, 2023 - R 210.00 Fees covered
  • "Can't wait to hear about how quickly you bounce back🍃 Stay strong" - Tshepo

  • Sep 09, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 162.08 Fees covered
  • "Wishing u a speedy recovery" - Anonymous

  • Sep 09, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "You got this Matty! We by your side all the way❤️" - Ross

  • Sep 09, 2023 - USD $ 5.22
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 14.11 Fees covered
  • "You got this Matty! Lets gooooo" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 14.11 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon bro!" - Tony (DH) Sprenzel

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a full recovery!" - Else and Sven

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Speedy recovery." - Kimaya

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 28.21 Fees covered
  • "All the best mate. From Shyla Samjee and the family." - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a strong recovery man!" - Robin

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "You are a very special person! You can do this!" - Luke &Ryan

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Thinking of you Matty!" - Lauren and Colin

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Best wishes for your recovery Matt" - Emil

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 4 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Hi Matt, so relieved to hear you’re okay. Keeping you in our prayers for a speedy recovery xxx" - Diana, Kelly, Mark

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "You've survived the fall, now you have to get up! There is a bigger plan for your life!" - Carlien Mare

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "Stay strong Matty!" - Vince Breet

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending you loads of love Matt. Wish could do more." - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Este Verhave

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Stay strong Matt! You’ve got this!" - Chloe MacGregor

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best on your recovery Matt, hope you feel better soon!" - Liam

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a fell speedy recovery Matty B. You’re the strongest man I know, both mentally and physically. You’re coming out of this stronger than ever. Best wishes!" - Kimmy Ran

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Goodluck Matt! Stay strong." - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Hope you keep going strong 💜" - Chloe De Wet

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "" - Garth

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Thinking of you and wishing you strength Matt!" - Steph and Rob

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 21.61 Fees covered
  • "Good luck on the road ahead Mr. Bekker!" - Brandon

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery Beks !" - Zackey Family

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you a full and speedy recovery coach Matt - Matthew Dos Santos" - Matthew Dos Santos

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you the best with the recovery think of all the rowers you have inspired and apply the same focus and determination on the road ahead" - Price-Hughes Family

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 108.05 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a quick recovery Matt" - Tracy F

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best for the log road ahead, Matt," - Welchman Family

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Speedy recovery Matt ! 🫵🙏💪" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery - Sebastien & Jeanne Riemann" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Stay strong big boy" - Mike Pepper

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 108.05 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Hey Matt, Wish you complete recovery. You have many people behind you, cheering! Time to stretch those emotional muscles - be strong... you will get there." - Mermaid

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 133.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 10.44
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "We love you Matt. Everyone wishes you nothing but health and life and love and a speedy full recovery! You have so much support!! <3 xoxo" - Miss Jackson

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "All the best Matty, you can get through this!!!" - Daniel Tex

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery Matt" - Martin and Simon Kleer

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Speedy recovery big guy." - Nish

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 2 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Hey Matt, Good luck with your recovery!!! We back you!! Fight back!!!" - Tommo

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "Put the same work ethic into your recovery as it looks like you do into your training and it will be a speedy recovery indeed, wishing you nothing but good things from here on out bud, keep strong." - Miles

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 52.22
  • "Wishing you strength big guy, you got this!" - SteveR

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Ain't nothing but a peanut, Lots of love" - BigBooty

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best for a speedy recovery xx" - Kelly

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "All the best Matt." - Elbert & family

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 1 128.49 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon my buddy bro" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 141.06 Fees covered
  • "Get well quickly big man. Regards John" - JohnC

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "Matty, if there is anyone that can overcome this - it’s you. Big love <3" - SteveC

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Get well soon Matt" - Bradley Soll

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!" - Montana

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Love from Willow :)" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 56.42 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery🙌🫶" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery Matty B. You're going to come out of this stronger than ever." - Grant

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you all the best for your recovery, sending you all love and support!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "What a story to tell! May God bless you with a full recovery. 🙏" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Dearest Coach Matt, wishing you a speedy recovery and sending much love, Courtney and Hannah Webb" - Courtney and Hannah Webb

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck big man!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - USD $ 26.11
  • "Speedy recovery big man. All will be lekka." - Reginald

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Matt, you will come through this with flying colours, I know that." - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 2 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy and full recovery Matt." - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 3 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Hi Matt, We wish you a speedy recovery from all of us! Keep your chin up and stay strong💪💪" - Otto Roetger

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Praying for your full recovery Matt" - BeGreen Solar

  • Sep 08, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!" - Montana

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