Durban - While most people might have spent Sunday morning sleeping in, volunteer medic Mark Basson, was up with the lark to run the Illovo Sugar 15km Christmas Challenge in 30kg of firefighting gear.
A health and safety officer by trade, 35-year-old Basson’s passion lies in emergency medical services (EMS).
He has spent 10 years volunteering in the field, first as a firefighter and later with medics.
The New Germany husband and father of two is a unit commander and training officer with Rescuetech.
Running several kilometres in heavy firefighting gear may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but Basson took up the challenge to raise awareness around EMS workers and the work they do over the festive season.