Maximum fun at Max’s fundraising event

Max Kulati (in a wheelchair) has qualified for the International Bodybuilding Federation World Championship in Slovenia. With him are (left) Maureen Pullen, Dr Arnold Johannes and Elvida Klue, who organized a fundraising event to be held on Monday in support of Max.

A fun 5k family run or walk, dance contest, bodybuilding show and performances by DJs Sippy and TBozz are just a few of the exciting events to enjoy on the bank holiday, Monday May 2 at the club. of Uitenhage cricket in favor of a disabled bodybuilder. Macethandile “Max” Kulati who will participate in an international event in Slovenia.

Max, the champion wheelchair bodybuilder from the impoverished Moeggesukkel region of Kariega, has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Bodybuilding Federation (IBBF) World Championship in Koper, Slovenia on June 4 2022.

“We have already held a successful raffle, hike as well as bingo to support Max, and this family fun day on Monday will be our final event to help raise funds for him to represent South Africa at the Slovenia World Championships,” said Maureen Pullen, one of the fundraising organizers supporting Max.

“A portion of the funds went to his muscle building supplements. We cannot send a skinny Max to Slovenia; he needs to improve his physical condition and improve his muscle growth.

According to Max, his preparations are going well, “and my body is responding very well to the exercises and supplements. I like what I do. I will be at KZN this week as a guest poser and to tell my story.

Max underwent unfortunate surgery in 2014 which left him partially paralyzed. He realized that he needed to transform his negative thoughts to be more constructive. To regain his pride, he embarked on powerlifting in 2019 and quickly became South African champion.

In mid-2021, he said goodbye to powerlifting and started bodybuilding. He was crowned SA Champion in his first ever bodybuilding event and qualified for the IBBF World Championships in Slovenia.

According to Dr. Arnold Johannes, Max’s former educator and now one of his loyal supporters, “I’m super excited. Being able to see what one can do in terms of contributing to someone else’s happiness makes my heart glad. Seeing how community support has helped and transformed Max inspires excitement to want to do even more. »

Elvida Klue, another Max supporter, agreed with what Dr. Johannes said. “It’s a passion of mine to help others no matter who it is. It brings so much joy because helping others has a ripple effect and that’s what we need in our community.

  • The entry fee to take part in the fun run or walk is R30 per person and the action starts at 07.30 at the Uitenhage Cricket Club (opposite the Uitenhage Indoor Sport Centre). Other daytime activities include donkey cart rides, food stalls, games, a model show and lots of raffles and prizes. For more information contact Maureen on 073 604 5596, Elvida 072 277 9623 or Arnold 081 270 2631.

Teresa E. Burton