Man turns retrenchment despair into 365 ‘Ubuntu’ walks up Table Mountain, raises over R300K for charities

When Capetonian Andrew Patterson was retrenched it seemed his world had come tumbling down around him, but instead of curling up in a heap of despair, he walked up Table Mountain every day for a year to raise money for charity.

Speaking after taking some time out after his final walk on Dec 31, Patterson told News24 that when he heard the axe was going to fall at his job at a big beverage company, he was terrified.

“It was nerve wracking. It was the worst time of my life,” said Patterson.

Deep down he knew he was not getting anymore satisfaction out of the corporate world, but he was stuck in a cycle of just working to keep his salary.

To fill his soul he had started volunteering for charities, and had spent the previous three years leading small groups up the mountain in his spare time.

Stuck in traffic near the Good Hope Centre, with eight days left to final severance in 2017, he had an epiphany.

He decided he was going to walk up Table Mountain every day, and he was going to get people to sponsor him for charity while he did it.

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