David Grier

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In many a way I think that this is one of the most important factors that I have had to come to terms with, the realisation that everything and everyone around us is evolving, changing at such a rapid rate. In order to keep pace, one has to have the ability to evolve with it.

Starting in Kashmere, in the foothills of the Himalayas at the most northern temple I began this epic run down India, traveling through 10 provinces which in the end felt like 10 different countries.

Ultimately each journey will etch a scar of life as it passes. As I fought the twisting path of this journey, a path that has sent me on so many unplanned detours, I look back at the many different stages and how everything has panned out, they are far from the original path.

What does the future hold for us? Is there hope in the future for our country?´. We have undergone such massive change over the past 15 years and in order to carry on with this process, there must be a reward. To David that reward is hope and the knowledge that this country is going to be a better place.

Through this run I had to personally deal with life threatening situations and life changing decisions, ultimately realizing that in order to continue with my journey I had to embrace change and evolve. I found out how important it is to be able to change as we travel our personal journeys through life to ultimately meet success.

David Grier is a Chef by profession and a Humanitarian by passion. Extreme Adventurer, Bestselling Author, and Inspirational Speaker. Fueled by a passion to make a difference in the lives of children born with clefts and in need of  life changing corrective surgery, David turned to extreme adventurism to create awareness and raise fund for […]

David Grier is a Chef by profession and a Humanitarian by passion. Extreme Adventurer, Bestselling Author, and Inspirational Speaker.

Fueled by a passion to make a difference in the lives of children born with clefts and in need of  life changing corrective surgery, David turned to extreme adventurism to create awareness and raise fund for this cause and assist with their corrective surgery.

He has become the first person to have run the length of the Great Wall of China in both directions and since then has gone on to 6 more arduous, breath-taking adventures, each one adding to his life’s lessons which have now been crafted into a talk. “Back to the Wall”.4 of the journeys have been captured in coffee table books that David has written.

David Grier has run The Great Wall of China West to East (4200 km in 93 days) in 2006 and then in 2019 East to West in 78 days, the entire coastline of South Africa (3300 km in 80 days), paddled from Africa to Madagascar (500 km in 12 days), run the Island of Madagascar (South to North; 2700 km in 67 days) The length of India North to South in 93 days, 4008 km. Thailand 1000 km in 20 days. Cuba 2300 km in 38 days, down the length of the UK (from John O’Groats to Lands’ End); from South to North in Ireland, followed by a run along Hadrian’s Wall.

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My feedback however, is that I thought he was outstanding! In the two years working at The Eventful Group.

I think he was one of our best guest speakers (and I have seen many!). David Grier presentation was brilliant in all aspects – from the way he spoke (felt like he was speaking to each person individually), his humility – he felt very real and “human” and humble – and therefore relatable to the audience, I LOVED his slides – the pictures, videos and music kept our attention and transported us to other places.

As a producer, I also really appreciated that he had researched who the audience was and had added some “Maintenance” references and pictures into his presentation – this demonstrated how professional David is and I think the audience felt event more respect for him that he had made an effort to “talk” their language.

His book we used as gifts for our speakers was also just awesome and very well-received. We will definitely be using David again in the future and I will definitely recommend that we use his book as a gift for the speakers.

Nevenka RisticConference Producer

While running the great wall, David Grier was constantly in awe of the beauty surrounding him. The beauty of the planet and its magnificence, but constantly in the back of my mind was the reminder of the paradox, how can this beauty of our planet also be the home of such pain and suffering experienced by our children”

Children born with such facial disfigurement that they are ostracized by those around them, struggle to speak, let alone eat.

To me the final measurement of the success of my journey can only be measured by the children that I can help realise their simple dream of a god given right to a smile.

With a simple operation of some 45 minutes a Child’s life can be changed forever. Since we started this foundation, we have been instrumental in helping some 54 children, who during the run received facial surgery in Empangeni in Kwazulu Natal.

Having been involved in the inaugural mission in South Africa we are now busy with our next fundraising adventure in order to continue with this worthy cause.

Looking back

On David Grier return to South Africa he made a trip up to Empangeni with his daughter (who is a volunteer for Operation Smile) to meet some of the children, a moment that I will never forget, to see all those beautiful faces, radiating their new smiles. I am proud to be associated with Operation Smile.

The second of David Grier adventures, the joint run around the coast of South Africa has had massive response and we have raised over R 2 000 000-00 The highlight of this project was being able to finally attend a surgical mission, (a group of operations)

In the Transkei during the run, I witnessed life changing operations on some 10 children, 30 were done in total. An experience that David Grier – Inspiration Motivational Adventure will never forget ,and which makes every step of my journey count being able to help make a difference in the lives of children in my country.

The solo Madagascar Journey I have raised in excess of 1,2 million rand.

Returning to the island 4 months after the event as part of the operation smile mission, I was witness to 180 children receiving reconstructive surgery. It make my journey count and every painful step worth it.

Through the Miles For Smiles foundation together with Operation Smile South Africa, over 1000 children’s lives have been changed personally by David Grier.

Our project has reached beyond our borders and the project has been involved in the following countries; South Africa, Madagascar, Swaziland and we are looking at Mozambique, Namibia and the DRC.

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