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Climbing Compasberg Barefoot: A Community's Triumph

In the heart of South Africa's Eastern Cape lies the picturesque town of Graaff-Reinet, nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Karoo landscape. Here, a remarkable story unfolded, one that exemplifies the power of community and the spirit of giving back.


It all began with a simple observation by Richter, the son of Dawid and Karlien de Wet, members of the tight-knit community of Graaff-Reinet. Richter noticed that his peers at the Dangerous Darkies Football Club were practicing and playing games without proper footwear. This realization sparked a remarkable initiative, the Karoo 360 "Compasberg for a Cause" project.


Dawid de Wet, the intrepid adventurer, and Karlien de Wet, the dedicated philanthropist, combined their unique talents to make a difference. Dawid, no stranger to daring feats, was gearing up for his 20th ascent of Compasberg. Recognizing an opportunity to support their community, Dawid and Karlien embarked on a mission to raise funds for the football club.


Thus, the "Kaalvoet oor Kompassberg" (Barefoot over Compasberg) idea was born.


As the couple joined forces, Dawid prepared to put his feet on the line while Karlien worked tirelessly behind the scenes on administration and marketing. Their efforts bore fruit as the project gained momentum rapidly. An online fundraising campaign garnered support from friends and family worldwide, while 20 individuals from across the country signed up to join Dawid for the climb, with their participation fees contributing to the fundraising goal.



As of the latest update, the Karoo 360 "Compasberg for a Cause" project has seen an incredible outpouring of support from generous individuals and sponsors alike. Through the Back-a-Buddy campaign, we have raised an impressive total of R 47 156.13, while the climb itself garnered an additional R 6 700. These contributions represent not just financial support, but also a collective belief in the power of community-driven initiatives.


We extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors, whose invaluable contributions have made this project possible. Tekkie Town's donation of a soccer starter kit, including bibs, water bottles, and a ball, will greatly benefit the Dangerous Darkies Football Club. M.J. du Preez of Doktrine's redesign of the club's logo and CI has breathed new life into the team's identity. De Oude Pastorie in Nieu-Bethesda's generous provision of accommodation for Dawid, Karlien and their team prior to the climb ensured they were well-rested and prepared. Additionally, Oasis Graaff-Reinet's sponsorship of fresh water for all climbers ensured they stayed hydrated throughout the ascent.


These acts of kindness and generosity exemplify the spirit of community that lies at the heart of this project, and we are profoundly thankful for their support.



On the 1st of May, the ascent of Compasberg took place, marking a significant achievement. Yet, the true essence of the project transcended the physical feat. It was a rallying cry for the community of Graaff-Reinet, uniting people from all walks of life in a common cause.


The eve of the climb witnessed a remarkable display of solidarity as local farmers, townsmen, and members of the Dangerous Darkies Football Club came together for a friendly match. From seasoned veterans to rookies, individuals from diverse backgrounds took to the field as equals, bound by a shared sense of camaraderie.

The outpouring of support was palpable, with parents, spouses, children, and friends cheering from the sidelines. Even a group of schoolboys added to the atmosphere with spirited gwijo songs, infusing the event with an infectious energy. Following the match, the community gathered for a celebratory braai, a quintessential South African tradition. Amidst laughter and camaraderie, bonds were strengthened, and memories were made, underscoring the profound impact of collective action.


The Karoo 360 "Compasberg for a Cause" project transcended its initial objective, becoming a testament to the resilience and unity of the Graaff-Reinet community. It demonstrated that when individuals come together with a common purpose, remarkable things can be achieved.


As Dawid de Wet stood atop Compasberg, his feet hardened by the rugged terrain, he knew that his journey was about more than conquering a mountain. It was about lifting up a community, inspiring others to believe in the power of collective action, and making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need. He also knew, with heartfelt gratitude, that without the unwavering support and tireless efforts of his wife, Karlien, none of this would have been possible.


In the annals of Graaff-Reinet's history, the Karoo 360 "Compasberg for a Cause" project will stand as a shining example of what can be accomplished when hearts, hands and FEET unite for the greater good.


For those who missed the opportunity to join the climb or participate in the fundraising events, there is still a chance to contribute to this noble cause. The Back-a-Buddy campaign, which has been instrumental in mobilizing support thus far, remains active until the end of May. By visiting the campaign's page at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/campaign/dawid-de-wet-5837195744555262142, individuals can make donations online, ensuring that the impact of the Karoo 360 "Compasberg for a Cause" project continues to grow. Every contribution, no matter how small, will make a difference in the lives of the members of the Dangerous Darkies Football Club and the broader Graaff-Reinet community. Let us continue to stand together and support this worthy endeavor until the very end.

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