My 13th consecutive swim for Hospicare
I am participating in Women Swimmin' for the thirteenth consecutive year. This year, I am dedicating my swim to my beloved father, Daniël (Danie) Geldenhuys, who died on October 29, 2018 at the age of 99 years and 5 months. My dad was born in 1919 and was the third of eight children. As a child growing up in South Africa during the Great Depression, he and his siblings worked hard from a young age to help the family stay afloat. Free public schooling ended at 8th grade at the time, and he was only able to attend high school because he won a merit scholarship. After high school, he started working as a court clerk. Over time, he worked his way up to become a prosecutor and then a magistrate (criminal court judge). At the same time, he studied for and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees, studying late into the night after work. I was the youngest of three children and was born three weeks after he wrote his last law school exam. He took early retirement as a judge and launched a successful career as a criminal defense attorney, which he continued into his 80's. My dad was also a phenomenal athlete. He played rugby in his younger years, tennis into his 70's, and switched to lawn bowling when he was close to 80. Most importantly, my dad was a gentle, compassionate man, known for his fairness on the bench and in all aspects of his life. He never raised his voice and exerted a quiet authority that commanded respect. My dad never judged others but instead tried to understand their life circumstances. His own difficult childhood gave him compassion for everyone who struggled and he quietly helped countless people whenever he noticed a need. My dad's mind was sharp for his entire life and he took a lively interest in world affairs. I had to check the latest U.S. news before our frequent phone calls so that I would be ready to discuss the latest political developments with him and answer his questions. He had a mischievous sense of humor and a subtle, sharp wit. I will always remember his slight smile and the sparkle in his eyes when we shared a private joke. My dad was the rock of our family. Now it is up to us, his descendants, to manifest his countless wonderful qualities in our own lives.
Please join me in supporting Hospicare. Their services make it possible for patients to peacefully transition, without pain, and in the presence of the people closest to them. When you support Women Swimmin', you help ensure that everyone who is in need of hospice care, palliative care or bereavement services will receive them, regardless of ability to pay. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
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