The first time Steve Maliszewski visited the campus of Ethembeni School in South Africa, he knew he wanted to get involved.
The school, established in 1984, houses and educates 300 physically disabled and visually impaired children from all over Zwazulu-Natal. Kingdom of the Zulu in South Africa, helping them to become independent and responsible citizens of the community. Its name means “Place of Hope” and operates under the motto “Phila Ufunde” – Live and Learn.
“The first time I visited South Africa and the school and (was) taken on a tour of the campus, I immediately knew that this was something that I wanted to become a part of,” said Maliszewski, a software architect at HCSS. “At Ethembeni, 300 beautiful children live, learn and give us joy and hope.”
But Maliszewski is not one to just throw money at situation and call it day. Rather, Maliszewski gives it his heart, his soul, and his body.
At the end of May, Maliszewski will travel to South Africa to compete in the Comrades Ultra Marathon, the world’s oldest and largest ultra marathon with 23,000 runners battling time, elements, their bodies, and the race itself for 56 miles. The race alternates annually between the “up” run on the terrain and the “down” run. That’s a little misleading, however, as there are plenty of ups and downs in both versions. This year’s race is an “up,” though, and Maliszewski is ready. This will be his fourth time competing in the 90-year-old race, and he averages about 25 races per year, ranging from 5Ks (3.1 miles) to 135 miles each.