In 2006, Braam Malherbe and David Grier achieved a world first by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China (4218km) at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days. This expedition funded the inaugural mission for Operation Smile in South Africa, an international charity that providing corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate disfigurements. Only two years later in 2008, Braam and David completed another world first by running a ‘Smile around South Africa’, following the entire coastline from Namibia to Mocambique (3278km). Through these achievements, over R2.5 million was raised for Operation Smile. Braam is an Operation Smile ambassador, a presenter on SABC2’s nature programme 50/50 and he was named the ‘Men’s Health Unsung Hero for 2010’. www.braammalherbe.com
In this talk, Braam looks at aligning causes with expeditions and how having a cause ‘greater than yourself’ gets you through tough times.