Everesting is an official non-stop cycling challenge to climb the equivalent height of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, in a single activity by riding repeats of the same section of a hill until 8848 metres ascent is achieved. Brett Foss and Ian McLeod chose the iconic Waterford Hill, just outside Mbabane.
They have been recognised in the Everesting Hall of Fame as the 1st cyclists to successfully complete the Everesting Challenge in Eswatini, in 18h38mins and 19h49mins, respectively, on Sunday 30th August 2020. They rode a total 188kms (61 hill repeats) reaching 8921 metres ascent.
Sam Hodgson and Vitor Oliveira also successfully achieved their Half Everesting challenges by riding repeats of the Waterford Hill equivalent to climbing half the height of Mount Everest (4424m ascent).
Swazi Frontier further assisted the Nginamadvolo community (where previously it constructed the Sokhula Pre-School Care Point and Sebenta Adult Education Centre) by hosting a Rabies Vaccination and Animal Welfare Clinic in March 2018.
Swazi Frontier mountain bike stage race sponsored the drugs so that 108 dogs and cats were treated by SAWS in conjunction with 3 Government Vets (Drs Ndlangamandla, Kunene and Simbai from Mbabane and Piggs Peak). Students from Waterford United World College assisted the Government Vets at the Clinic as part of the school’s community service program.
The Clinic was free to the community and ran from 08h00 until 14h00. All animals were vaccinated against Rabies, de-wormed and also sprayed against ticks and fleas.
Dogs were also given their 5-in-1 vaccination.
When mountain biking through some of Eswatini’s remotest parts, we have come across many animals in dire need of care and so we have included SAWS as a beneficiary of our social footprint.
SAWS is a self-funded, non-profit making organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare in Eswatini. It is run by a volunteer committee and minimal salaried staff who care for the rescued animals 24/7 at its bases in Mbabane and Manzini.
SAWS promotes education and awareness about animals: one of its main objectives is to encourage empathy with animals and so a change in attitude regarding their treatment.