"No Pain No Gain" - How to Follow David During the Gobi March in China

This is a very special year for everyone associated with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) as we celebrate a significant milestone - our 25th anniversary.

One of our main activities this year is the annual SANGONeT "No Pain No Gain" fundraising campaign. Now in its third year, this is our biggest and most "challenging" campaign to date.

SANGONeT's Executive Director, David Barnard, will be running three self-supported multi-day desert footraces on three continents - Namib Desert Challenge, Namibia; Gobi March, China; and The Last Desert, Antarctica - a total of 750km, in support of the campaign and as part of SANGONeT's fundraising activities for the year.

Having completed the Namib Desert Challenge in March, next up is the Gobi March from 10-16 June 2012 in China.

To follow David's progress during the Gobi March, and support the "No Pain No Gain" campaign, please refer to the following websites and links:

# Gobi March 2012 Official Race Website

# "No Pain No Gain" Campaign Website

# "No Pain No Gain" Facebook page

# "No Pain No Gain" on Twitter #SNPNG

# Read David's blogs before and during the race

# E-mail a message of support to David during the race

# Endomondo - follow David "live" on his daily runs through the Gobi Desert - km by km (if there is cellphone reception)

# Make a donation -  EFT or secure online credit card transaction

# No Pain No Gain Gobi March Press Release

The objectives of our 2012 "No Pain No Gain" campaign are two-fold:

Firstly, we aim to raise R1 million during 2012 linked to David's successful completion of the three desert races. Money raised will be used to expand key SANGONeT services such as NGO Pulse, the Prodder NGO Directory and SANGOTeCH in support of NGOs in South Africa and other parts of Africa. All these services are already making an important contribution to the NGO sector, but we need more support to reach a larger number of NGOs with a wider range of services.

Secondly, we will use the campaign to raise awareness about the work of NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa. Over and above our ongoing work in support of the sector via various strategic projects and services, we will also start publishing detailed weekly profiles about NGOs on NGO Pulse as of 22 March 2012 until the end of November 2012. Daily profiles will be published during each of the three desert races to maximise our awareness-raising efforts in support of NGOs in South Africa.

We would like to encourage you to support our "No Pain No Gain" campaign with a donation, and where possible, also share this request with your friends, colleagues and clients.

The “No Pain No Gain” campaign started on 22 March 2012 and we will continue to accept donations until 30 November 2012.

As a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), all donations to SANGONeT are tax deductible in South Africa under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.

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