Stephane Pienaar is a Grade 12 pupil at Bishops and an oarsman on the Junior South African rowing team. He broke a world endurance record and raised over 900k.
Stephane Pienaar decided to make an attempt at breaking a world endurance record to raise funds for the ‘Make A Difference (MAD) Leadership Foundation’. Determined to succeed Stephane spent 6 weeks training towards breaking the endurance record.
The previous record was set at 265.494 km’s in a 24-hour time frame. Stephane would have to beat that distance in 24hrs or less to break the world record. Over the weekend he did the ultra-endurance 24-hour rowing event.
“My parents say I am insane, my friends call me crazy but I am MAD… MAD to row” – Stephane Pienaar
Stephane started rowing at 4pm on Friday, the 25th of August and broke the record by 4pm on the Saturday, 26th of August.
His goal was to raise R1.5 Million for the ‘MAD Leadership Foundation’. They confirmed yesterday that Stephane has raised R975,000 for the foundation. The money will help support a young leader by providing a world-class education, leadership development opportunities, mentorship and support from high school to a tertiary level through the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation Scholarship Programme.
This young man worked hard for a cause he believed in and achieved great success thanks to his determination. Not only did he break a record and raise a large sum of money but he has also become an inspiration to his peers and South Africa!
You can help by donating to the cause here.