12 strong OCAL Global team

The 12 strong OCAL Global team including differently abled athletes are nearing Cape Town as part of an epic 2200km, 10 day, 24hr non-stop journey to raise funds for Northern Cape children with mental and physical disabilities.


The Journey for Change, sponsored by Totalsports, began on May 10 from Totalsports Foresthill in Centurion with OCAL Global founder Nicolene Anley leading the team down through the Kalahari, hugging the border of Namibia and the Cederberg Mountains headed for the finish line of the FNB 12 OneRun in Cape Town on Sunday.

Divided into a night crew and a day crew, the collective OCAL Global (One Chance At Life) team will complete a 10-day, 24-hour-a-day journey through four provinces, enduring all manner of inclement weather, and will traverse every kind of terrain imaginable; all to raise awareness around the needs of differently-abled people, and to raise funds for individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

“OCAL Global was founded on the premise and belief that anyone’s success is not measured by their own achievements in life, but rather what how they have helped others to achieve and accomplish in their lives.”

OCAL Global’s mission is to raise funds to assist 133 Northern Cape children with mental and physical disabilities, commonly resulting from Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, amputations, genetic syndromes, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Their fundraising efforts have been boosted by a donation of R120 000 by Totalsports.

The team includes 31-year-old handcyclist Deejay Manaleng, a journalist and student at the University of Johannesburg, who was left a T9/T10 paraplegic after an accident in 2014. During this journey Deejay has already experienced unforgettable moments.

“I got to cycle off road for the first time while chasing the sunset. It was the most beautiful experience ever and I am sure 100 years from now I will look back and say to the person sitting next to me ‘I once saw heaven’,” she posted on the OCAL Global Facebook page.

One of the journey’s hashtags is #SportChangesLives, and Deejay believes paraplegics and quadriplegics should take up a sport.

“When I heard that I may never walk again after my accident, one of my biggest worries was that I won’t be able to take part in sport. But when my occupational therapist told me I would be able to take part in certain sports, I crawled out of that darkness within me. The thoughts of killing myself left me for good because I knew I could still chase my freedom through sport,” she says.

Craig Lamb, head of Totalsports, says: “We are incredibly proud of the OCAL Global team for demonstrating in the most inspiring way just how sport can change lives. We look forward to welcoming them to Cape Town at the end of their epic journey.”  

Keep an eye out for the OCAL Global team during the FNB 12 OneRun in Cape Town on Sunday, and visit their website ocalglobal.com and Social Media platforms using #OCAL2018 #TotalsportsxOCALGlobal #SportChangesLives to discover how you can support the project.

Sources: OCAL Global
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