When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges.
For 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on Earth. But we are not a run-of-the-mill environmental organization; we are more like a human organization. We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature, and that when we work to save nature we are really working to save ourselves. CI has a staff of over 1,000 employees working in more than 30 countries to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
On September 25, 2016, David Barnard will take on the Grand to Grand Ultra in honour of the END Fund and the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. By participating in this extreme multi-stage race, David has committed himself to raising awareness and funds to help the over 1.6 billion people worldwide whose lives are affected by NTDs.
Established in 1998, HEARD - the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division - has a global reputation as a leading applied research centre that brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems as well as train the next generation of African health leaders. HEARD is a self-funded organisation based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) that conducts research on the socio-economic aspects of public health, especially the African HIV and AIDS pandemic.