Local adventurer completes 251 km sand marathon in the Sahara for a good cause

An adventurist at heart, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Lee den Hond premiers her documentary film 'Inspire' which tracks her journey through the majestic Sahara desert in Morocco.

This inspiring South African took on a grueling 251 km endurance race in one of the world's inhospitable terrain to raise funds and awareness for her Field of Dreams Children’s Centre that she opened in 2015.

Den Hond has also summited Mount Everest to raise funds for the organisation.

I believe we have one life and it is important to live it to the fullest and I love to challenge myself.

Lee den Hond, Founder, Field of Dreams Children’s Centre

Last year in February I found out about the 251 km race across the Sahara desert, also known as the toughest terrain in the world. I was very successful in doing that, crossing the finish line and raising awareness and funds.

Lee den Hond, Founder, Field of Dreams Children’s Centre

It was the toughest thing I'd done. It was over seven day with a total distance of 251 kilometres. Temperatures some days reaching as high as 53 degrees. The Sahara desert is very unforgiving because there is nothing there except sand.

Lee den Hond, Founder, Field of Dreams Children’s Centre

Den Hond says she met the kids she works with in November 2005.

The Schaumburg community consists of approximately 850 shacks, housing on average 8 people each, so the estimated population of this area is about 7 000 residents, explains den Hond.

She says most of the inhabitants are migrant labourers or people who were displaced from neighbouring countries and are therefore not eligible for government grants.

Listen to Lee Den Hond's full interview in the clip below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Local adventurer completes 251 km sand marathon in the Sahara for a good cause


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