David Grier – An old-school hero

David Grier – An old-school hero

Remember your childhood stories about heroes who’d go on adventures for the well-being of others?

Well, as it happens, trustee and ambassador for the Cipla “Miles for Smiles Foundation”, David Grier, is someone just like that. His adventures through “Miles for Smiles” help the non-profit medical service organisation “Operation Smile” create awareness around children born with cleft lips and palates. They also raise funds for corrective surgery.

Who is Mr Grier?

Born on the 16th of January in 1960, David comes from a Cape wine-farming family in South Africa. Given his early exposure to beautiful landscapes and his family’s business, he unsurprisingly grew into a life-long lover of food, wine and the outdoors.

Professionally, David’s interests have always informed his ventures, beginning with the decision to study hotel management. That led to him starting a string of successful restaurants, with the most recent of them earning a place among the top 100 in the country. He also has his own range of food products.

What about those adventures?

The “Miles for Smiles” initiative looks to inspire and challenge individuals to make a difference in other people’s lives by challenging themselves to achieve the impossible. Always one to test the limits of human potential, David’s adventures are remarkable by any generation’s standards.

As things stand, he’s run the entire coastline of South Africa (3300km) in 80 days, as well as the Great Wall of China (4200km) in 93 days. He’s also run the length of India (4008km) in 93 days, the island of Madagascar (2700km, north to south) in 67 days, and paddled from Africa to Madagascar (500km) in 12 days.

Read more about his adventures here.

His message

David has moulded some of the experiences from his adventures into a series of inspirational talks. They revolve around his message of hope, and making a difference in people’s lives through change, positivity, the right attitude, recognising opportunity and never giving up.





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