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I'm a 64 year old extreme adventurer training for a second trip to swim 2300kms (1430) miles down the world's most dangerous river - the mighty Zambezi.
We will be filming some important issues en-route as a 3 x 52 minute TV series for international networks.
I’ll be going through 7 southern African countries, swimming past 180,000 crocodiles, thousands of hippos, killer rapids and Zambezi sharks. On land, I’ll encounter lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, poisonous snakes and landmines.
The aim is to raise awareness about children living in abject poverty including numerous health issues amongst children orphaned because their parents have died of either malaria, TB, AIDS or landmines and I'll also showcase orphans along the way as I was one too. Some of these very young orphans as young as 4 years are complete alcoholics.
Another issue I’d like to help with is orphaned children between the ages of 10 – 17 living along the banks of the river with no food, medicine, clothing or shelter.
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They scavenge the land for anything they can eat even though they plant vegetables for prison staff in Lusaka.
These children have been jailed for selling marijuana to tourists and sentenced to 5 years. They serve 4 in jail and the last at the vegetable station. If they eat any of the vegetables, they are back in jail for an additional 5 years. All of them have been raped and traumatized and even though they sleep under makeshift plastic shelters, they are happy to be free.
I did this very same extremely dangerous trip in 2000 raising awareness about soiled water and education amongst the very poor tribal communities.
Sponsors, I can give you brand exposure in a book that will emanate from the series as well as branding opportunity exposure on gear, transport, or the Glider itself and on my website.
A Place called Melville – 12 May 2014 Guests:
Louie Greeff then Eldie Bongers. Podcast of Louie's interview on Radio Today.
13 May 2014 - Radio interview about Zambezi Challenge on 702 Talk Radio
Louie Greeff, Extreme Mad-man adventurer first time swimming the Zambezi river.
He will be swimming the Zambezi river at age 63yrs for the second to raise funds for causes in Africa.