“Blade Warriors” conquer race three

warriors-bigMidrand, 12 May 2013 – At the third Warrior Obstacle Race of 2013, young beneficiaries of the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund again lined up to prove that physical disability is merely a challenge – nothing more.

The Warrior 3 Bratz race took place at the Big Red Barn in Olifantsfontein this weekend and included eight obstacles along a 500m course that the group of lower extremity amputees had to conquer.

‘Jumping Kids’ – a non-profit initiative that provides high-tech prosthetics and rehabilitation to children – is one of the charities selected to benefit from this year’s Warrior Race series.

Proceeds from the Warrior ‘charity race’ at the end of the year will be divided among the chosen charities and will help ensure that more young South Africans living with amputations receive the gift of mobility.

The Jumping Kids Bratz team was accompanied by Change the World volunteer, Michael Stevens. Stevens was recently named as one of twenty representatives selected by the Vodacom Foundation to help drive its 2013 Change the World program.

As a bilateral amputee himself, Stevens has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by children living with amputations. It was, therefore, an obvious choice to name Jumping Kids as the charity he aims to assist during the next twelve months.

“It is exciting to be associated with an event that has our Jumping Kids doing what they should be doing – being kids and having fun! I hope to see an increase in the number of Jumping Kids participating in the Warrior Race series in future, and aim to help make that happen,” says Stevens.

Apart from the Bratz team, Jumping Kids also entered a Rookie team consisting of able and disabled members that took on the Warrior Race to show their support for children living with disabilities.

“We are honoured to be chosen as one of the Warrior Company’s 2013 charities. Jumping Kids is about having fun, pushing boundaries and proving that those living with amputations can lead full and active lives. The Warrior Race series provides a perfect platform to illustrate this”, says Johan Snyders; founder of Jumping Kids and chief executive of Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics.