Aquaterra Energy recently sponsored Cliff Law who took part in the annual Ironman 4 the Kidz event on the 6th of April, raising money for a large number of children’s charities in the Eastern Cape of Africa.
Every year, the charity’s trustees set a target amount of money to be raised. The target increases annually and this year, the IronMan 4 the Kidz event beat its target of 2,000,000 ZAR to raise 2,100,000 ZAR (£117,922.98).
The gruelling event consisted of a 3.8km sea swim, followed by a 180km bike ride through rough terrain and hills, ending with a 42.2km run. Cliff pushed himself to the limit for this event, successfully completing the swim and the cycle ride, and 6km of the final run before a leg injury forced him to end the race early. Despite his injury, Cliff still reached his fundraising target for children in the East Cape, and everyone at Aquaterra Energy would like to congratulate Cliff for this fantastic achievement.
Cliff is no stranger to taking on extreme feats in the name of charity, having already competed in seven Ironman Triathlons, twice in the UK, twice in South Africa, and once each in Denmark, France, and Lanzarote. Cliff has also completed a 250km Étape du Tour cycle ride in France, a 200km Gran Fondo Pinarella cycle race in Italy, a marathon in Copenhagen, and both a 75 mile and a 100 mile cycle ride in the UK.
Cliff said: “I started taking part in long distance events in order to raise money for various charities 10 years ago after my best friend, Dicky Powell, died of a heart attack aged 45. Initially I supported heart related charities but have since supported many others that I know my friend would have approved of.”
“My leg injury has been a re-occurring problem but it feels great to be part of such a successful event, and I’m so pleased the kids from some of our beneficiaries got to come to the event. They went ballistic whenever they saw the Ironman 4 the Kidz vest! As I get older, competing gets harder and harder, but it’s always worth it to finally hand over that cheque.”
“I feel privileged to be able to continue to compete in these sorts of events in order to raise money and improve someone's life somewhere. Aquaterra Energy has supported me before and their sponsorship of me taking part in this event means the world to me and I thank them for all of their help and support.”
Patrick Phelan, Managing Director at Aquaterra Energy, said: “As an international company, Aquaterra Energy seeks to provide support for charities in different parts of the world. Cliff’s outstanding efforts in Ironman 4 the Kidz and all of his other fundraising activities are truly remarkable. We all admire his determination and modesty. It’s wonderful to be able to provide him with the company’s full support for this outstanding event; Cliff’s enthusiasm for helping others is extraordinary and we are is looking forward to seeing what he does next."