Extreme South African adventurer, David Grier, and running partner Andrew Stuart, plan to run 1,500km along the coastline of Portugal to raise funds for Operation Smile.
Through the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation, the pair aim to provide safe surgery for children born with cleft conditions in Mozambique.
In Mozambique, around 14 000 children aged 14 or younger live with untreated clefts. Funds from this adventure will be used to support an Operation Smile surgical programme at Nampula Central Hospital in 2024.
David Grier is the first person to have run the length of the Great Wall of China in both directions in 2006 and 2019. Since then, he has gone on to run six more arduous adventures around the world, all in support of Operation Smile.
“I’m often asked, “are you not too old for this?” says David. His reply is that if you have purpose in life, it gives you the resilience to deal with difficult situations.