Andrew Christie

Age: 28
From: Kampala, Uganda

This is not an event. And we are not event organisers

I’d say John’s vision for Unogwaja is more of a movement than a single event linked to the comrades each year. Having kept up with and contributed to the Unogwaja challenge over the past 2 years I think it is quite apparent that Unogwaja is a platform to share positivity and hope in South Africa. From the start I have always known that Unogwaja is a journey I need to be a part of.

We all know we live in a wonderful country and we all have ideas of doing some good in this world. Too often we get caught up with our busy lives and we end up not making time. This is my story- I have great aspirations and many things I want to do- but seldom act on these. I’d like to “rattle my cage” in 2017! Unogwaja will help this cause and I believe un-earth some hidden potential within myself at the same time.

How do you think you will deal with adversity or things that don’t meet with your expectations?

I’d say I’m fairly adaptable and open minded to change and difficulty. I’ve had the incredible opportunity of working in six different African countries over the past 4 years. This is an environment where your expectations need to continuously evolve and you quickly learn that success is all about your attitude. I’ve been exposed to a great deal and learned the “tricks of the (African) trade” as far as the need to be “resourceful” goes. I can quite honestly say I am passionate about this continent we live on and recognise it’s potential- something i want remain apart of.

Why I am ready for The Unogwaja Challenge 2017:

I’ve always been a very sporty person. We are incredibly fortunate in South Africa with the wide variety of trail, mountain bike and adventure races that we boast. Being outside of South Africa, taking part in these events has been one of the things I’ve missed most. Not only the actual physicality of the events but the commradrie and experience which goes with them. I have however managed to get back to East London each year and will take part in my 5th consecutive Ironman 70.3 challenge next year.

I’ve labelled 2017 as my race year. I’ve been planning to take part in some of South Africa’s endurance races with the Full Ironman and Comrades high on my racing “to do list.” Returning to South Africa and having more free time on my hands will allow me to get properly fit and tick off a few of my bucket list items in 2017.