The Timothy James Harlow Foundation

The Timothy James Harlow Foundation

The Timothy James Harlow Foundation

An inspiring and quirky invitation from Braam Gericke, Viticulturist & Wine Maker at Wildekrans, to get involved with The Timothy James Harlow Foundation.

Compliments of the season to you. 2018 is ticking away and when I look around I have noticed how quickly the guys in Red Suits are replaced by bunnies. We will be eating hot cross buns and “kerrie vis” soon with images of Christmas trifle in our memory taken recently. Time is the only thing I reckon that don’t wait, ask questions or explain. So let’s tackle 2018 and all her challenges. Treat everyone like our equal and live every day at 120km/h in a 60km/h zone.

One goal of mine this year is to raise more awareness for a Brother our Wildekrans Family have lost in April of 2013. Timmy. I can sit and write for days if needed about this extraordinary person I had the privileged to meet and call my friend. Like some of you, I have met Timmy when my journey began on Wildekrans 10 years ago. Some of you might have heard about the TJHF (Tim James Harlow Foundation). NPO that focus and look at the needs of those less fortunate. I work with the guys from Botrivier every single day and I can tell you stories. Stories not always needed when an image will paint you a picture of a thousand words. Sad pictures but pictures with hope.

The TJHF focusses on those images and needs not only in our community but where needed. There is no boundaries being passionate and showing that you care for your fellow man.

I need some help when doing this. Steve Jobs said “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do”. Well if that is the measurement for crazy I am freaking bananas. The crazy part is not the idea or will but when it comes to the aid/tools of achieving this. I this case the tool needed is money. I know what you might be thinking and that similar feeling one get when the ‘Stormers’ loses at Newlands. Guys please see the following link before closing the email or excuse of getting another cold one. Some of you even all of a sudden have some errands that jumps to mind…… Hahahaha:

I have combined mountain biking (something I love) with the TJHF (something I love) to raise awareness. I am probably the best example if proof is needed about what I have said today. People believing in you, people supporting you, people giving you that second chance. I do not think any of us are better to the guy in need of a blanket sleeping outside. The kid in need of guidance, love and education. We are in the positions of making this happen. I my case Mandy and Gary have been there creating this solid platform being the ones believing in me. My family, my Wildekrans family, my community and my friends all have been there supporting from the pavilion. Great feeling. Awesome feeling. That is the same feeling we need to duplicate by believing and supporting the cause of the TJHF. It is not a complicated plan. It is a plan of compassion. Realistic goals set by realistic people with hearts as bigger as Kimberley se gat.

I will be riding the Absa Cape Epic this year. This made possible by Mandy and Gary. Aim is to ride as thought Tim is riding next to me. Telling the people of this Legend and the TJHF.

I ask to consider making a donation towards the Foundation. I am standing here knocking at your door selling the dreams and future of people and not cookies or basaar tickets.

So think of this. You are not buying season tickets but you contribute to the permanent chance to that of another person. I am attaching the banking details below should you want to contribute. May I please ask that you forward this to your friends and contacts for consideration.

Distance of the Cape Epic this year is 658km. So I will make a deposit of R658 to show my support. This just an idea and every little bit helps. If you do make a deposit the reference should be EPIC with your surname (company name) if ok. Do want to thank you personally for contributing and add you to our newsletter (that will be launching 2018).

Thanks for taking the time reading this.

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Braam Gericke
Viticulturist / Wine Maker at Wildekrans.
Braam Gericke - The Timothy James Harlow Foundation


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