Watch me rise

Our Mission

Helping people move forward by setting personal and professional goals to build the life they truly desire.

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Video of co-founders, Daniel van der Merwe and Gareth Kropman, explaining their vision for Watch Me Rise and where it all started.

Our Story

About Us

Watch Me Rise was founded in 2016 by Gareth Kropman and Daniel van der Merwe after they decided to branch away from their long-time careers in IT to focus on a more worthwhile cause. They wanted to help people fulfill their truest potential by living not only their full length of life but the width of it as well.

Watch Me Rise is a platform intended to transform Gareth and Daniel’s joy and passion for helping, leading, and motivating into a global movement to raise awareness around mental health and to help YOU develop the best version of yourself.

Run for a cause

DJ Run

DJ Run is our annual running event. It is part of our campaign to create awareness of the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

As of 2020, the DJ Run is hosted as a virtual event to allow as many participants as possible from all over the world.

Tools to rise


At the heart of Watch Me Rise is our passion for people. This is why we plan to release regular content on various topics to provide you with the tools you need to rise.

These blog posts are in no way comprehensive and we will keep adding more over time. Therefore, we ask you as readers to please let us know what content you would like to see so that we can prioritise those topics.

You can check out all of our blog content by clicking the button below.

Kickstart good habits


If you need help getting a kickstart on your good habits – or if you want to challenge yourself for a change of pace – have a look at our available challenges. We will be releasing these regularly for you to download and take on.

You can check out all our challenges by clicking the button below.

Run for a cause

Run for a cause

Run for mental health and suicide awareness, check out our annual DJ run event. Please post on social media and use the hashtag #WatchMeRise and #DJrun to help us grow.

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Donate to a cause

Donate to a cause

We are raising funds to donate to SADAG (The South African Depression and Anxiety Group) through Backabuddy a South African Crowdfunding platform. They do amazing work and if it is on your heart to give back, it would be greatly apreciated.

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worthwhile causes

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved or support a worthwhile cause, we have two options.

Run for a Cause

Our annual event, DJ Run, is a virtual event to help spread awareness of the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Even though it is called a run, any form of exercise is welcome.

Donate to a cause

You can donate to our fundraising campaign for The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). They do amazing work and provide support to many South Africans on a daily basis.