#3unfitdads Campaign

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3 unfit fathers

1 common goal:  1 goal to finish their first Two Oceans Marathon representing IESA

12 weeks to get their bodies marathon-ready and raise awareness about Inclusive Education in South Africa

The Story :

Eric Watlington, Andrew Van Der Walt and Nigel Williams are three fathers from Cape Town, who although claim to be unfit, were caught up in the hype of running the Two Oceans Marathon. Unfortunately, because the Ballot process favours club runners, these semi-novice runners, who don’t belong to any running club, did not make the cut. When they found out that IESA was nominated as one of the Two Oceans Charity Entries, they saw it as an opportunity to challenge each other to run their first Two Oceans Half Marathon. They immediately appealed to Inclusive Education South Africa to grant them three charity entries with a commitment to raise funds for the organisation in the spirit of diversity.

This is what they had to say: “We see IESA as empowering others to overcome their barriers. With the ballot process favouring running clubs and previous half marathon runners, thereby excluding three unfit fathers like ourselves, we see IESA as the means to being part of this marathon”.

Because IESA firmly believes in the spirit of diversity and full inclusion we were happy to get the 3 dads on board! Each dad is aiming to raise R 100 for each Kilometer they aim to complete. The target for the campaign is therefore R 6300.00.

Join IESA and the #3unfitdads as they journey the next 12 weeks to get fit and ready to complete their first Two Oceans Marathon and raise awareness and funds for IESA in the process.

Meet the Dads!

Name: Eric Watlington

Occupation: Communications Officer for the Hospice Palliative Care Association 

Age: 37

Hobbies: Playing Soccer, watching soccer and cooking Indian Cuisine

Fun Fact: Terrified of snakes, but my nickname on the soccer field is slow poison…I am slow on the field but beware when I strike I score goals!

Name: Nigel Williams

Occupation: Fitness Instructor for Virgin Active and Bodytec

Age: 50

Hobbies: Hiking and Eating!

Fun Fact: I hate road running!


Name: Andrew Van Der Walt

Occupation: Accountant at Red Bull

Age: 36

Hobbies: Reading and Running

Interesting Fact: I don’t know…I am mostly normal!

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