#theheartofyachting - A Father's Journey

By Conrad Callow

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Hello world, we would like to introduce you to Christo van Wyk.

Christo became a father a mere 5 months ago to baby boy, Michael. Sadly Christo has been dealt a bad card pertaining to the health of his child. With no medical aid, Michael was born at a state-run hospital in Port Elizabeth which is where his story began.

Michael was diagnosed with a heart defect. The very first 3 days of Michael’s life he was given a broad spectrum antibiotic for an infection he contracted while in hi-care. After two weeks in hospital, Michael was in the clear and could be taken home. It was explained that Michael would need to grow and gain some weight before any surgery could be done. While at home, Christo and Talita noticed baby Michael was having trouble breathing and running a temperature when feeding.

On the fourth attempt trying to get medical attention, baby Michael was diagnosed with ‘failure to thrive’ and was admitted and placed on a feeding tube. After contracting a viral infection in the hospital, Michael’s heart went into cardiac failure. Christo was determined to get his son the best medical care possible but had burned through all their savings while trying to care for their son.

While in the PICU, Michael contracted a fourth infection. At this point, Christo rallied on social media to get Michael to the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town and fund their journey.

While they have made it to Cape Town and Michael is finally getting the proper treatment at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Christo, as the breadwinner for his family, realized the journey had only begun due to the serious debt they incurred and an urgent need to plan for his family and Michaels future.

That’s when we met Christo. After hearing Christo’s story, we felt compelled to help him pursue a career in the yachting industry as a way to provide for his family & child who has a congenital heart defect.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

We at Certified Superyacht Academy have decided to cover the costs of Christo’s training, which he begins this very week. The certifications Christo gains will make him eligible for employment,

but we do still need your help ...

We need to assist Christo and the van Wyk family recover from their debt incurred and rebuild their depleted savings so that Michael’s future healthcare never has to be compromised.

You can join us

To achieve this, we are turning to the yachting community and various other communities to raise funds for:

  • Debt recovery
  • Rebuilding savings for Michael’s future medical needs

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Team Members

Conrad Callow

Christo van Wyk