Friends Inspired by blind adventurer – Hein Wagner

Friends Edrich Fivaz (33) and Steven Dimond (37) from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town have announced their plans to take on the legendary Absa Cape Epic in 2015 to raise funds for The VisionTrust.

Founded by adventurer, businessman and motivational speaker Hein Wagner, the organisation has worked tirelessly since 2007 to assist people living with visual impairment to find meaningful employment and live fulfilling lives.

One of the greatest barriers to enter employment for blind and partially impaired people is the high cost of specialised, assistive computer software. The team hopes to present one laptop computer customised with specialised software to a deserving blind or partially sighted person at the end of each of the eight days of the race.

Hein Wagner and his passion and commitment to The VisionTrust inspired the team. Wagner was born blind, but despite this sightlessness has a string of accomplishments to his name. An avid sportsman, Wagner enjoys abseiling, running and cycling; he’s won the World Cup Cricket for the Blind, sailed the Cape-to-Rio yacht race, completed the grueling Ironman triathlon, finished the legendary Absa Cape Epic mountain biking race, completed the extreme Antarctic Marathon on the South Pole and recently accepted the role of Honorary Patron of the Imago Maris, the only ship in the world to be manned by a blind and partly sighted crew. Wagner is also the current holder of the land speed record making him the fastest blind driver in history.

“Our decision to ride the Absa Cape Epic for The VisionTrust started with a desire to give back. We wanted people to understand that disability doesn’t differentiate between race, gender, religion and any other disposition and we both feel so privileged to be living our dream.” says Dimond.

Fivaz understands that while he is unable to give a blind person the ability to see by his participation in this race, he hopes that by riding to raise funds for The VisionTrust he can help to bridge the communication barrier between sighted and blind people. The team is planning a range of activities to raise funds for The VisionTrust.

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