Tue, 22 Jun 2021

  • Businessman Solly Krok, 91 is determined to prove that age is nothing but a number in his fundraising challenge to feed the hungry.
  • In the next six weeks, Krok has committed to proving to elderly people that they can reach a position of flexibility and balance if they exercise regularly.
  • For the Touchdown Challenge, his coach will be his lifelong friend, Barney Gordon, 98.

South Africa's veteran, Solly Krok, 91, is determined to prove that age is nothing but a number as he challenges communities to keep exercising, while helping feed those less fortunate.

In the next six weeks, Krok has committed to proving to elderly people that they can reach a position of flexibility and balance if they exercise regularly. This as he stretches his body to try to touch his toes, in an effort to raise funds to provide food for vulnerable people in South Africa.

To achieve this, Krok's fundraising organisation Keep the Wolf from the Door, has partnered with social impact organisation, Afrika Tikkun.

"So many South Africans live in tremendous poverty. The sad thing is the pandemic has worsened this for many people with job losses, and companies scaling down," said Krok.

"Through the Touchdown Challenge, I hope I can inspire others to make even a small donation as every bit helps."

Last year, Krok did a symbolic walk to raise funds, eventually walking 91 kms in total, leading up to his 91st birthday.

FEEL GOOD | Walking the walk: Veteran philanthropist, 91, determined to raise R108m to feed the hungry

For the Touchdown Challenge, his coach will be his lifelong friend, Barney Gordon, 98.

Krok, a philanthropist behind the Apartheid Museum, had a botched knee operation at the age of 20, and a hip operation eight years ago. Additionally, he fell two weeks ago, tore a muscle and bruised two ribs. He, however, remains committed to regular, gentle exercise and has with Gordon's help in recent weeks built up his range of movement.

He encouraged elderly people to keep exercising, regardless of their age.

Donate via EFT using these details:

Bank: ABSA

Account Name: Afrika Tikkun NPC

Account Number: 4055885366

Branch Code: 632005

Reference: "Keep the wolf from the door" / Solly Krok

Source: News24

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