Last year I challenged four unfit “chubby yuppys” to take part in the toughest one day endurance event in the world – The Ironman (which comprises of a 3.8km sea swim, 180km cycle and a 42.2km run, all to be completed in 17hours). The challenge was to compete and raise funds for the Signature of Hope Trust.
The Signature of Hope Trust is a non- profit NGO that was set up to empower people to make a real difference and uplift their communities. To date, it has raised more than R2 million for its beneficiaries, which include Special Projects, Zanethemba and African Solutions to African Problems (ASAP).
This is just what ASAP, beneficiary of the Signature of Hope Trust has done by making a difference to Nonceba Tenza’s life.
Nonceba and her sister were orphaned and taken in by their Grandmother when their parents died from HIV/AIDS in the same year. Nonceba, who showed great interest in and enthusiasm for her studies, was attending a school with too few texts books for all its learners. Through ASAP’s support in funding her education, Nonceba has now matriculated and is heading off to the University of Fort Hare to study social work. Her ambition is to return to her neighbourhood once she is qualified, to help others in her community who are faced with similar challenges.
After a bit of brainstorming, I came up with the team name 4FatBoys&Slim. But I must admit, after five months of coaching under the guidance of triathlon coach Steve Atwell from Embark, the “chubby yuppys” are now “Slimmed-down yuppies”. So far Fat Boys and Slim have raised over R218000 for Signature of Hope, which supports girls just like Nonceba via their donations to ASAP. We hope to raise substantially more by the time the IronMan Triathlon is done in April and we would like to encourage others to make a difference.
To find out more about The Signature Of Hope, visit the signatureofhope.org.
You can also Get involved by visiting the Fat Boys & Slim daily blog at www.fatboysandslim.co.za, which will also show you ways to show your support.
Donations can be made via cell phone:
sms “hope1” to 38000 to donate R10
sms “hope2” to 42008 to donate R30
You can also Follow the Fat Boys & Slim action on Twitter: @4FatBoysandSlim.
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