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SANGONeT’s No Pain No Gain Campaign to raise funds for CANSA

SANGONeT’s No Pain No Gain Campaign to raise funds for CANSA

The Southern African NGO Network’s (SANGONeT) Executive Director, David Barnard, took fundraising to a new level when he competed in the Sahara Race 2-8 October 2011 in Egypt to raise money for CANSA and 3 other South African NGOs. Read more and donate…

Barnard participated in the Sahara Race as part of the 2011 SANGONeT “No Pain, No Gain” fundraising campaign. Download NoPainNoGain Brochure… 

About the Sahara Race

The Sahara Race is a seven-day, six-stage, 250 km footrace across the hottest desert in the world, with average daily temperatures expected to reach 50°C. It is an extreme human challenge and participants must carry their own food and equipment for the duration of the race.

The “No Pain No Gain” campaign began on 1 July 2011, exactly 100 days to the last day of the Sahara Race on 8 October 2011, and will continue until 3 November 2011, the last day of the 2011 SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference.

How You Can Help Raise Funds for CANSA:

The Objectives of the 2011 “No Pain No Gain” Campaign:

Firstly, to raise money for SANGONeT in support of expanding key services for the NGO sector such as the NGO Pulse Portal, the Prodder NGO Directory and the SANGOTeCH technology donation portal.

Secondly, to raise money and awareness in support of four other NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa, including the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)Starfish Greathearts Foundation and SCORE.

The campaign will also raise awareness about the work of TechSoup Global in Africa.

“The aim of the “No Pain No Gain” fundraising campaign is to raise at least R1 million which will be shared equally between the participating organisations”, states Barnard. Photo right: David prepares for the race…

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

The organisations participating in | benefitting from the Campaign:

Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) (www.sangonet.org.za)

Established in 1987, SANGONeT continues to support thousands of NGOs and other development agencies in South Africa and the wider Southern African region through strategic technology, information and advocacy services. Increasingly, SANGONeT provides a strategic entry point to news and information for and about the NGO sector in Southern Africa.

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa by offering a unique and integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer.  As a leading roleplayer in cancer research, the scientific findings and knowledge gained from the research are used to realign its health programmes and strengthen its watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. CANSA’s wide-reaching health programme includes prevention and education campaigns, patient care and support.

“We’re excited to be partnering with SANGONeT and with other worthy non-profit groups. David’s journey will be tough, but this journey helps to raise awareness of CANSA’s commitment to connecting people facing cancer with the information, day-to-day help, and emotional support they need”, says Rachel Wall, CANSA’s Chief Business Development Officer.

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)

EWT fills the key niche of on-the-ground conservation action. Its specialist programmes and large team of skilled field staff are deployed throughout southern Africa and focus on applied fieldwork, research and direct engagement with stakeholders. It supports the conservation of species and ecosystems, and recognises the role that communities play in successful conservation programmes.

“The EWT is honoured to be one of the organisations inspiring this unique, 100% South African fundraising campaign”, highlights Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Starfish Greathearts Foundation

Starfish Greathearts Foundation aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to children who are orphaned and/or made vulnerable by HIV and in southern Africa. Its vision is to ensure that every child left orphaned or vulnerable throughout South Africa has equal access to basic sustainable services.

Belinda te Riele, CEO of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, adds: “We encourage individuals to join our Greatheart’s campaign to help raise funds for children left orphaned or vulnerable through HIV/AIDS. David Barnard is the epitome of a Greatheart; taking on this extreme marathon to make a difference in the lives of these children. We are delighted to be working together on the “No Pain No Gain” campaign with SANGONeT, CANSA, SCORE and EWT. Please support David in his great adventure, and help make a difference!”

SCORE – Changing Lives Through Sport

SCORE specialises in community development through sport and recreation. With its origins in South Africa in 1991, SCORE staff facilitates the development process by training local sports leaders who implement activities and drive the sport and development process in their own communities.

Stefan Howells, Executive Director of SCORE, adds, “David’s slogan of “no pain, no gain” resonates with most sports people, but his race through the Sahara pushes way beyond the physical challenge, as he aims to achieve what most of us think is impossible. What makes David’s effort all the more amazing is that he’s doing this for others. That is extraordinary.”

TechSoup Global

TechSoup Global is a leading international non-profit organisation which was founded in 1987 on the belief that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. TSG is working toward a time when every NGO on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.

Queries “No Pain No Gain Campaign”

Nicolle Beeby
Tel: 011 403 4935
Mobile: 083 379 5551
E-mail: nicolle@sangonet.org.za

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