Dear Philip

Please accept my deepest sympathy, and know that you are in my prayers. A tragic and shocking loss. Elmer was my age and I cannot stop thinking about how close to home this feels to me and I have never met him or you.

I remember looking at Elmer's site last week thinking that I would like to be able to attempt the Dakar one day too, and respecting everything Elmer has achieved.

Please advise on where the funeral will be, If I cannot be there at least I could spare a moment of silence for a real hero.

Sincerely yours
Etienne vd Merwe