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Traffic officer takes on the Impi Challenge for RETT girls

16 November 2017
Rean Nel is taking on the Impi Challenge this weekend.

Rean Nel is taking on the Impi Challenge this weekend.

A Kouga Traffic superintendent will tackle the Cape Town Impi Challenge this Saturday to help raise funds for children born with RETT Syndrome.

Rean Nel, a superintendent at Kouga’s Driving Licence Testing Centre, will be joining his brother and four friends to take on the Impi Challenge, described as an “adventure obstacle trail run” which is contested over 5km, 10km or 20km.

“We’re just a group of six crazy average Joes, trying our best to raise awareness for RETT Syndrome,” Nel said. “The Impi Challenge seemed like a good platform for us to do so. Our aim is to raise R50 000 for Cure RETT South Africa, the only organisation in the country that supports families affected by RETT Syndrome.”

There is currently no cure for RETT Syndrome, a neurological disorder which affects mainly girls. It is believed that one in 10 000 girls across racial and ethnic groups is born with the condition, which is often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy or other non-specific development delays.

“RETT affects children’s ability to learn and talk, as well as their sensory sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, and even their ability to chew, swallow and digest food,” Nel explained.

It is believed that there are hundreds of RETT girls in South Africa whose condition has not been correctly diagnosed because they do not have access to proper healthcare or because many healthcare practitioners simply do not know about RETT.

Nel and his Impi team mates have started a raffle at R50 a ticket. Prizes include a pair of 9ct white gold diamond stud earrings and a two-night weekend stay at any Holiday Inn Express in South Africa. For further information visit their “back-a-buddy” page at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/run4RETT.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen wished Nel and his team all the best with their endeavours.

“It is wonderful to see municipal employees getting involved in projects aimed at bringing about positive change in people’s lives,” she said.