David Grier - Hope

After studying Hotel Management, David started a string of successful restaurants.

Always pushing the boundaries in the food industry, he slowly began to make his mark in the industry with his most recent
restaurant rated in the top 100 in South Africa. His success has led to television, brand exposure and his own range of food products.

David is also a trustee and ambassador for the Cipla Miles for Smiles’Foundation, raising money through adventure for the non-profit
organisation, Operation Smile to perform reconstructive facial surgeries on underprivileged South African children.

David’s achievements
In October 2011, David and his fellow team mates, Nick Heygate and Andrew Stuart accepted the Cipla Miles for Smiles
Foundation challenge –

To run the length of India in one attempt. It had never been done before and was deemed ‘madness’. His mission and inspiration was to raise funds to create awareness for Operation Smile
In one month, David had succeeded – running, climbing and even crawling his way across treacherous and weather-battered terrain. This sent David into the record books, becoming one of the first people to run the length of India from the most Northern Temple in Srinagar to the most southern temple, Kanyakamari.
His journey was riddled with problems, sickness, hospitalisation, and military arrests. This did not stop him from reaching the  Southern tip of India, completing the run of 4008 km in 93 days.
“Thank you India for giving me the opportunity to realise a dream”

In June 2012, David (along with his support team, Darren Swartz and Andrew Stuart) completed the next Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation challenge. They ran the entire length of the United Kingdom (North to South) in one attempt.
In his running shoes, David battled the weather-battered terrain of Scotland, Wales and England. Both the Indian and the United Kingdom challenges raised a further R2million for the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation.

David’s other challenges

David ran the great wall of China – 4200 km in 93 days

He ran the entire coastline of South Africa – 3300 km in 80 days

He has paddled from Africa to Madagascar – 500km in 12 days

He has run the Island of Madagascar (South to North) – 2700 km in 67 days

David has just launched a new project –
– a fire-resistant structure for the shack settlements in South Africa. David hopes to create awareness through this project –

I am sure you are all aware of how these communities are ravaged by fire on a daily basis causing massive personal losses and worst of all death and terrible burns through these fires. 2000 – 2010 80-000 shacks burnt down. Worst of all 9 children die every day through shack fires in SA