The Purposed Paddler is currently voyaging from Kosi Bay to Cape Town to raise awareness for pollution of our rivers and oceans.
Kosi Bay, South Africa (05 May 2021) – Stuart Geldart, better known as the Purposed Paddler, will be paddling the South African coast from Kosi Bay to Durban and then to Cape Town to raise awareness for pollution of our rivers and oceans.
The goal is to raise funds for an NGO dedicated to spreading awareness to our youth on the effects of pollution and wanting to see a safer, cleaner South Africa. The journey will be documented by a team of filmmakers who plan to capture our beautiful coastline and its inhabitants in all their glory.
“Growing up, I was always conscious of my personal effect on the environment. I always dreamed of making a difference, and I feel like my time has come. I have decided it is time to give back!”
And this is how they plan to do it!
On the 5th of April 2021, he began his journey in Kosi Bay, South Africa, getting ready to start his 2000km paddle towards Cape Town. This trip will be broken down into sections. The first is the Kosi Bay to Durban adventure. On this 415km trip, Geldart and his team will raise funds for an NGO called Adopt-a-River and some other conservation organisations.
“We have partnered with them as we share the same passion, to witness a drastic change in the quality of our rivers and oceans, we are going to need to see a more stable commitment to pollution clean-ups and waste management across South Africa at a government, large corporate and company level.”
Adopt-a-River works hard to facilitate partnerships between corporate, government and community role players to benefit our waterways in South Africa.
“As I battle the East Coast of South Africa, my team will be capturing some of her hidden beauties, sharing with you vivid imagery of what we are fighting for.”
A month later, and Geldart has paddled all the way to Sodwana; he has had days where he has paddled for over 60km straight and has experienced massive swells along the way, which even caused a boat to break in half but the passionate South African is not giving up and will keep working towards his goal of reaching Cape Town.
He is so excited to see his dream become a reality on this journey. To feel as if he is making a difference, sparking the change he wants to see in the world, and we will follow his journey.
To follow his extreme journey, click here.