3 June 2013
June 2013 is my last month as Executive Director of SANGONeT and as part of our special focus on NGOs this month, and celebrating the work and achievements of NGOs in South Africa, I will be running my final race as part of the annual SANGONeT "No Pain No Gain" fundraising and awareness-raising campaign.
Now in its fourth year, the campaign has always been linked to my participation in a multi-stage 250km desert footrace in a remote corner of the world – from the Kalahari Desert in 2010 to the Sahara Desert in 2011, and the Namib and Gobi Deserts in 2012.
The 2013 campaign will be based around my participation in a much shorter race, but one which will be as demanding as any of the desert races of the past three years.
On 22 June 2013, I will take on the Fish River Challenge in the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. The Fish River Challenge is a 100km non-stop self-supporting race which runners have to complete in 24 hours. The canyon is rugged, desolate and harshly unforgiving, and runners will be required to conquer thick sand, river crossings and many other obstacles unique to this environment.
It will be tough, but ultimately, very rewarding - no pain, no gain!
As in previous years, the objectives of our 2013 "No Pain No Gain" campaign are two-fold.
Firstly, we aim to raise R100 000 linked to my successful completion of the Fish River Challenge. Money raised will be used to expand key SANGONeT services such as the NGO Pulse Portal, Prodder NGO Directory and SANGOTeCH in support of NGOs in South Africa and other parts of Africa.
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. This will be done through our special focus on NGOs in June 2013 and various other initiatives during the rest of the year.
Click here to view the NGOs which we are profiling during June 2013.
Please follow updates about the 2013 “No Pain No Gain” campaign on Facebook and Twitter (#SNPNG), and remember to make a donation and encourage others to do the same!!
# Also read "SANGONeT Memories" - David's reflection on his 13 years at SANGONeT and the link to the "No Pain No Gain" campaign.