Speedy Swartz shows he is up to mountain challenge

FAST MOVER: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University vicechancellor Professor Derrick Swartz makes record time climbing 18 storeys in a stair challenge held on campus yesterday. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
FAST MOVER: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University vicechancellor Professor Derrick Swartz makes record time climbing 18 storeys in a stair challenge held on campus yesterday. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

BARELY breaking a sweat, NMMU vice-chancellor Derrick Swartz made record time running up 18 storeys at the south campus yesterday.

The event at the university’s main building saw Swartz, members of the #climb4nmmu campaign’s corporate sponsors and university staff take on the mammoth task.

The campaign will see Swartz climb Japan’s Mount Fuji next month, starting on August 6.

It will form part of NMMU’s 10-year anniversary events and aims to raise funds for needy students.

“Success is built on the sacrifices of previous generations . . . I studied at university because of the bursary support I received from people I never knew personally. My bursary was a gift from the past to the present,” Swartz said.

“I strongly believe that this is our generation’s responsibility too. We can give back in thousands of different ways.”

Clocking in at two minutes and three seconds, Swartz was the first to reach the 18th floor.

He was followed by Andy Vogel from Investec and Bongani Basho from Standard Bank.

Swartz said he was determined to reach the summit of Mount Fuji to ensure the pledges made by his sponsors would bear fruit.

“I hope to do justice to the campaign.”

So far R700 000 has been raised from sponsors.

Swartz has added an additional R54 000 and hopes to raise at least R1-million.

-Devon Koen

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