The Pursuit of Purpose
- By: Clint le Roux
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/pursuit-of-purpose
From birth but only diagnosed effectively at the age of 5yrs with moderate to severe bilateral sensor neural hearing loss in the high-frequency ranges in both ears, did intervention begin for me.
Having faced my own hearing loss challenges over the many years, the emphasis on early intervention for hearing loss is crucial and in our modern world, there are many facilities in South Africa that offer this but are also faced with their own challenges to provide the support, education, and care that would be beneficial to young kids with hearing loss.
With the hearing loss in both ears, enough to affect my speech and in the mid 70’s due to mediocre systems and equipment compared to what we have today, I’ve been through it all. The stigmas, the ridicules, the bullying, the loss of esteem and the list go on. I taught myself to lip read and became pretty good at reading cues and body language. I also had speech therapy as well. In all this, I chose to rise every time I fell but it also took its toll. In all this, I avoided intervention & tried to hide my loss for many years until a life event in 2012 made me realize what I had missed out on for so long!
I coupled my love for ultra-distance mountain bike racing and adopted an outlook I termed “my pursuit of purpose”. I moved to see what and how I could be of assistance to hopefully make a difference in Deaf kids’ lives that would face many of the challenges I faced but wouldn’t have to, with the right care, education and modern technology we have today. At the same time, my hope is to send a message out there that YOU choose how YOU want to live with a disability or ability and with purpose or not.
I would like to use my mountain biking to highlight the challenges that they face and at the same time be part of making some difference in these kids’ lives. Having been a cyclist, specifically road cycling from early 1991, I then moved to mountain biking the past 10 years and more so ultra-distance mountain bike racing. The Freedom Challenge race across South Africa had always been a race that I wanted to race when I first discovered it in 2009. After a few years of following the annual event, I plucked the courage and entered the race in 2014. Having done a number of other smaller ultra-distance races, I felt ready to tackle something bigger and this has been the biggest by far! 2014 Freedom Challenge 2300km race across South Africa was cut short after a crash on day 3 and then had me withdraw 9 days later due to a torn knee deriving from this particular crash and unable to continue. Absolutely gutted, I put aside all the disappointment with the drive and determination to go back and finish what I started. I got that opportunity again in 2016 and went on to finish the 2300km race in a conservative 24 days beating the deadline by 2 days. Coupled with raising funds for Carel du Toit Center East London, I decided to enter the 2021 Freedom Challenge again with the plan of going faster and that is what we will be doing, all going to plan. The race starts on 22 June 2021. -
I am no novice to ultra-distance races having raced many premier roads, one-day classics around South Africa over distances of 100km and more in the ’90s and early 2000. In mountain biking barring many shorter races, I have also completed the grueling single-stage, 230km Trans Baviaans (x3), the 361km 36One Mtb (x5), the 500km Freedom Challenge to Rhodes, the extreme 2300km Freedom Challenge race across South Africa to name a highlighted few in the past 5 years.
Please consider making a donation or sponsor me to help the Carel du Toit Center while I race the Freedom Challenge race across South Africa in June 2021 for the benefit of the Carel du Toit center in East London.
Every cent will assist them in their continued calling to teach deaf children to speak and ready them for the years ahead in a normal hearing world.
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- Feb 08, 2021 - R 500.00
- "i fully support your assisting deaf children - best of luck in this wonderful venture." - MAUREEN VAN VUUREN
- Aug 15, 2020 - R 200.00
- "All the best for your ride and your fundraising. " - Mandibles
- Mar 17, 2020 - R 300.00
Best of luck with RASA 2020" - Philip Erasmus
- Mar 05, 2020 - R 100.00
- "Good luck Clint. Looking forward to seeing you again at Glen Edward farm." - Kerry Raven
- Mar 05, 2020 - R 1 000.00
Wishing you safe travels and an unforgettable journey, Big Brother. Loving that you are pursuing your passion, and helping others in the process. Our struggles should never be in vain xx" - Nicky Delport
- Feb 27, 2020 - R 300.00
- "All the best for the challenge ahead!" - Taggarts
- Feb 03, 2020 - R 50.00
Wishing you all the best!" - Marlene
- Jan 21, 2020 - R 500.00
- "Good luck Clint???????????" - D.O.G.S.
Carel du Toit East London
Carel du Toit Centre East London is a pre-school where deaf children learn to speak. Once a child is diagnosed with a hearing loss, their journey with us begins. We start with parent guidance, where we teach parents to elicit language from their child. The child starts in the pre-school class anywhere from 18 months - 2 years of age. We follow a pre-school curriculum, however, it is centred around language. Our children receive a holistic education and our program includes; music, balls skills and speech therapy. A volunteer speech therpist comes in twice a week to see our children. We give the children 3 meals a day at the centre, and for many of them, this is the only food that they receive in a day. Our main aim is that our children would learn to speak, and take their place in a hearing world, be on par with their hearing peers, and attend mainstream school.