On the 7th of February 2017 Braam is embarked on a life-changing expedition. He is rowing from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro at the start of the Cape to Rio yacht race.
This will be a totally unassisted row covering a distance of 6,700kms which should take the rowers close on three months to complete. read more…
He’s a highly sought-after international motivational speaker, extreme adventurer, TV presenter, youth developer, and author of the bestseller “The Great Run,” but most of all, he is a no-nonsense conservationist. Braam has an infectious energy that is fed by his life-long passion to protect the environment. He inspires countless others to do the same!
Braam has worked extensively as a youth developer, facilitating outdoor leadership camps where he teaches children about their place in nature as well as survival skills.
Through his guidance Braam empowers them to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. His mottos are: “the greatest gift in life is giving” and “nothing is impossible if you have big dreams”. In 2006 he put his convictions to the test when he and David Grier achieved a world first by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218km, at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days.
This expedition funded the inaugural mission in South Africa for Operation Smile, an international charity organization providing corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate disfigurements.
After serious knee surgery and his doctors saying he’d never run again, in 2008 Braam and David completed another world first by running a “Smile around South Africa”, following the entire coastline from Namibia to Mozambique, a distance of 3278km.
Through these achievements, in excess of R2.5 million was raised for Operation Smile.
Then, in 2011/12, Braam and Peter van Kets raced 768km over 24 days, to the South Pole. The 100th-anniversary race commemorated Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen’s epic journeys in 1911/12. Only three teams finished, with Braam and Pete coming third and, in a show of tremendous camaraderie, assisting one of the British teams to the pole.
Braam has presented extensively on the SABC nature programme 50/50. In his series “Get Connected with Braam”, he motivates the audience to become aware of and appreciate the connection we all have with animals and our natural world.
As one of South Africa’s most sought-after motivational speakers, Braam leaves his audiences not only inspired, but also empowered to embrace change as a process to greater personal fulfillment.
Thank you for the amazing presentation you did for us at our recent conferences. 1200 people exploded from their seats in a roaring standing ovation. What you are contributing to the world is so significant and your humble delivery of your story won the hearts of our people. You are an inspiration. Thank you. Read More
It has certainly been a hard event to pull off with various cultural barriers to overcome and I believe you did an exceptional job. Read More
Braam, your presentation this morning was utterly riveting and I know I speak for all in attendance here today. Read More
Braam Malherbe deserves more thanks – His presentation was like a movie – laughs, tears, drama, the whole shebang!! Read More
Braam's 'Big Blue' Blog - Day 48
(Past) Mid South Atlantic Ocean
Notes from the cabin
Imagine yourself, if you will, being over 2, 800kms from any land, on a very tiny 2.8m rowing boat, in big seas, rowing 1.5hrs on and 1.5hrs off 24/7. Now, see yourself rowing, in pitch darkness because of cloud and rain in a desert of water, having seen less than a dozen fish in over 5, 200kms! Your body is sore, your hands with open blisters and your mind wafting between real and unreal.
Perhaps. But let's explore that word, insanity.
Us humans, Homo sapiens, meaning 'thinking or wise' ape, have wandered this Earth for millions of years, mostly in a primitive state. Then, at the apex of our domination of all life, just a few hundred years ago, we systematically begin the greatest mass extinction of all time! Leaky calls it the 6th Extinction. We are driving species to extinction at an unprecedented rate with excess of 15, 000 species becoming extinct ANNUALLY! And we, the wise thinking ape, do this knowingly! Knowingly, we kill our own children's future! Knowingly, we destroy, forever, over 3.4 billion years of incredible evolution. Knowingly, seal our own fate. And we are doing this with the full understanding that we have no other home RE/MAX OF SOUTHERN AFRICA. And we tell our children that we love them. And we tell them that, by going to school and studying hard, so they can get a degree and a good job, we are securing a future for them. Really?
Now THAT is insane!
We row across this South Atlantic Ocean for almost two months now and it is very sad that we have seen less than a dozen fish in 5000kms!!
No dolphins, no whales.
I row across this South Atlantic Ocean for a purpose in the hope that it may become a catalyst for change; positive change, in that you and indeed everyone, may move from a place of blame and entitlement, to a space of true ownership. To move from a place of 'how much can I get, as quickly as possible,' to a place of 'how much can I give.' A simple but hugely effective paradigm shift!
You see, if I had decided to walk up a mountain or run a marathon, very few people would notice. So, I am hoping, with every stroke I pull, that people around the world will sit up, take stock of the insanity we call 'normal' and change it with courage and great drive...for our children's sake, and all the myriad of life forms that we depend upon.
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