Victim of petrol bomb attack planning to scale Mt Everest

Victim of petrol bomb attack planning to scale Mt Everest

William Baartman is one of a dozen climbers hoping to raise money for children who suffer from burn wounds. The plan to scale Mt Everest later this year.

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However, William's story is special. He was a victim of a petrol bomb attack 45-years-ago. Protesting students attacked his house because his father taught Afrikaans.

William sustained burn wounds over 75% of his body and lost his sister, Grace, in the fire. The burns left him disfigured and without fingers but this has not deterred the brave man from making a difference.

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“I was too afraid to leave the house because I was scared of what others might think and now I’m wanting to climb Mount Everest! I hope to send a message to those hiding from the world‚ that there’s hope for them‚ hope they think doesn’t exist‚” he said.

William and the other climbers are working in collaboration with the Smile Foundation and are planning to reach Katmandu before the end of April.

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So far they have raised R411‚793 of the R2-million they have set as their target on crowdfunding site Back-a-Buddy.

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