Lindokuhle Bikani’s dream to climb a mountain has become a reality thanks to an incredible team that took on the 4-hour journey to help him to the top.
George, South Africa (13 December 2023) – Lindokuhle Bikani (18), had one of his greatest dreams turned into a reality recently. He wanted to see the world from the top of a mountain and so a group of volunteers made it happen.
Lindokuhle is a student at the Carpe Diem School in George. The school caters to students with physical, learning, ASD and intellectual challenges. He is in a wheelchair full time but had shared his hopes of climbing a mountain one day.
The school, along with an incredible team, came together to make Lidnokuhle’s dream a reality. Speaking to the school’s physiotherapist Marali Olën, she shared that so many teams came together to do this.
“A group of wonderful people from the community gathered, on Monday 27 November, to fulfill this dream of Lindokuhle Bikani.
With the help of the Metro Rescue staff led by Richard Botha, Gee Swart from Outeniqua Trail search and Rescue, Cape Nature, Eddie Mouton, well-known trail runner of George and Riaaz Latief from Mrreestudios, Lindokuhle had the chance to climb up to the cross (and a bit higher), on the Vertical climb, of the George Peak route (which is part of the Outeniqua Mountains) and to be able to enjoy the beautiful view over George. The team also celebrated its 18th birthday up at the cross (which was Nov 17).” – Marali Olën
Lindokuhle was picked up in the ambulance and taken to the base of the George Peak route where the team then used various means of transport to get Lindokuhle up to the Cross. He was placed on a specialised stretcher, designed to traverse mountain terrain while carrying a person. Lindokuhle was also carried when the stretcher couldn’t be used. The whole excursion took about 4 hours.
Riaaz Latief from Mrreestudios joined the mountain climb and captured the entire experience beautifully!
He shared that getting to the top and being able to see the ocean and fynbos was a highlight. He was thankful to all the people who helped him achieve his dream. He had the absolute best time and got to rest at the Cross, enjoying the comforts of a picnic and a beautiful view.
Take a look at the exciting day below: