Dr. Vie SuperKids launched in memory of South African elite cyclist, Carla Swart. The free program helps children around the planet to “dream big & make it happen” (Carla’s motto), through healthy lifestyles and the support of global role models. The program was founded by Dr. Vie, an ex-patriot South African and sponsor of Carla Swart in the USA. Barry Austin, Carla’s coach at the time of her accident, and his current Team Bonitas, led by South African legend Malcolm Lange, are key ambassadors for Dr. Vie SuperKids.
Dr. Vie, a natural health scientist, created Dr. Vie, Inc., in Canada in 2005 in memory of her father Vie, a South African business icon whom she lost to diabetes, and following the recovery of her mother from breast cancer. The women’s company focuses on research & development of natural vegan health foods, products and educational programs. A majority of their time & funds helps children to optimize their true potential in life. “Through giving love, we receive love. Love is free & limitless. Healthy kids benefit from ‘happiness-hormones’ which are crucial to their future successes. We are humbled by our partnership with Team Bonitas as we together forge ahead with helping our South African children & kids around our planet through the free program,” says Dr. Vie, after returning to South Africa from a month of trekking & meditating in the Himalayas & mountains India.
Malcolm Lange, South African cycling legend, ex-olympian (1992) & author of “Is Winning Everything?” is the owner of Team Bonitas. He is one of South Africa’s leading sportsmen and an inspiration to children around the globe.
“I am very proud to be part of the Dr. Vie SuperKids program. This initiative is extremely important in the sporting world and specifically in cycling. The memory of an amazing female cyclist, Carla Swart, must live on forever. Carla was on the path of becoming one South Africa’s cycling greats!!! I am proudly South African and believe in building a stronger, cleaner sporting nation. I am a father of two very active kids, who have big dreams to be great in the sporting world. I would love for them to have a much better passage to reach their goals and the Dr. Vie SuperKids initiative will assist. I believe the fundamental break down in society these days is the lack of communication. This project motivates young athletes to interact and communicate and reach their goals,” says Malcolm Lange.
Dr. Vie interviewed Team Bonitas cyclists Luthando Kaka & HB Kruger in Johannesburg recently. “These young men & their team are inspirational to all kids,” says Dr. Vie. The Team Bonitas in South Africa & France are role models for Dr. Vie SuperKids program.
Alison Testroete, Dr. Vie’s first athlete & close friend of Carla contributes from Italy. Jasmin Glaesser, Dr. Vie’s sponsored youngster since 2009, a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics track cycling event is one of the 3 Canadian role models for Dr. Vie SuperKids. It was Carla’s dream to race at the Olympics. “Carla was a special person who loved her sports. Her memory & achievements will live on & help millions of kids through Dr. Vie SuperKids program,” says Deon Swart, Carla’s father in Atlanta, USA.
“Carla was an exceptional athlete & wonderful, caring person. She was an inspiration to me & everyone on the team. She juggled school, training & traveling for races while giving 100% to her sport,” Lisa Hunt, former manager, Vera Bradley Women’s elite cycling team, San Francisco, USA.
Close to the 2nd anniversary of Carla’s demise, the South African sports community mourned the loss of another great athlete, Burry Stander, a close friend of Carla. Dr. Vie SuperKids program hopes to continue the dreams of these amazing athletes in the aspirations and successes of its member children.
Barry Austin, manager of Team Bonitas, was with Carla at the time of her demise. “I have worked with young athletes for a long time now and have seen so many times how sport has opened the window to life for them and they have jumped through it to become all they can be. Through this partnership with Dr. Vie SuperKids I hope we can inspire thousands more to not just dream, but to step into that dream and live it by following role models who have done so already,” says Barry.
Kids can register online for Dr. Vie SuperKids program. They can directly post questions to their role models, interact with them, follow their lives around the globe, meet them in their communities and benefit from free health & development training online & locally and world wide. We hope to stimulate drug-free, bully-free, poverty-free, healthy, confident & happy kids around our planet. Our kids are the future adults, let us treat them well.
If you are below 19 years of age please click here to register into Dr. Vie SuperKids free program.
If you know of any children who would benefit from the program please refer them to the link above.
Click here to learn more about Team Bonitas in South Africa.