Walking across South Africa to raise money for Limpopo schools

first_imgSocial entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is leading a group of South Africans on an endurance walk across the country, from Giyani, Limpopo to Cape Town, to raise money and awareness for disadvantaged schools in Limpopo.Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is undertaking an epic walk across South Africa to raise money and awareness for schools in Limpopo during February and March 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe 40-day, almost 2,000km walk began on 26 February 2017, with Manganyi and his team reaching their 500km milestone, Johannesburg, on 6 March.This is not Manganyi’s first walk for charity. In 2014, he walked from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein for children’s charities, and in 2015, he embarked on a longer trip from the Free State capital to Port Elizabeth for cancer research.Manganyi says his social entrepreneurship was first inspired by a friend in need, telling the New Age newspaper: “I had a friend who was diagnosed with bone cancer and they had to amputate his leg. It was at that moment that I realised how fortunate I was and wanted to give back to the community and show gratitude to God.”Hearing about various similar charitable walks around the world, particularly one by a man who walked from Europe to the North Pole in under a month, Manganyi decided “right there and then…that next year on my birthday I’m walking to Bloemfontein. I didn’t know how but I knew I had to do it.”Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is undertaking an epic walk across South Africa to raise money and awareness for schools in Limpopo during February and March 2017. (Image: Facebook)The Giyani to Cape Town trek is specifically for the community of Giyani, in particular schools in the area. Manganyi says schools here need urgent funding to rebuild libraries, revamp bathrooms and buy uniforms for more than 700 students.“We might be able to raise funds that could cover beyond the schools that we are looking to fund,” he told the Citizen newspaper on 28 February 2017, hoping to help out a few needy schools in Mpumalanga as well.Manganyi, a prominent church leader in his community, is also using the walk as a personal spiritual journey, a mission to spread the word of God. He and his team of walkers will visit schools and community centres along the way to speak about using God-given gifts to build and not destroy:“(We will be) working on the spiritual progress of people, (teaching communities about) what it takes to give and what it means to give to others. It’s about enlightening people about where they are coming from and who they are and where they are going,” he told the newspaper.#Giyani2CapeTown TweetsManganyi is using social media to spread the word of his journey, offering regular updates via his Facebook page and inviting anyone along the route to join the walk or offer assistance.“We are trying to do all of this to raise money so…anyone can join us (or sponsor the walkers) for 5km (at R100 per kilometre)…We currently have about 200 people joining us on the road.”But Manganyi says, above all, the walk is about meeting and talking to South Africans from all walks of life and changing lives along the way. “It’s not (only) about the money; it’s about playing your part with the little that you have.”Back in Giyani, the community is eagerly following his progress on social media and on the local community radio station, Giyani Radio.Station manager Prenomen Chabani says the work of Manganyi and his team of walkers is inspiring. “We are monitoring him every day so he can tell us where he is and what the challenges are that he is facing. We also help them with food and all that they may need for the trip.”For more information on Manganyi and his walkers’ journey through the country, and how you can contribute to the cause, check his Facebook page. Source: GoodThingsGuy and CitizenWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

A helping hand for our youth

first_imgPastor Babongile Moto has dedicated her time and energy to helping youth in Port Elizabeth fulfil their potential and overcome some of the challenges they face. It is this selflessness that earned her a seat among our Play Your Part ambassadors.Pastor Babongile Moto, founder of the Changing Young Star’s World faith-based organisation, joins our group of Play Your Pat ambassadors. (Image: Babongile Moto, via Facebook)Play Your Part ReporterWith a strong passion for helping young people to grow on many levels, it is no surprise that Pastor Babongile Moto has been selected to join an already impressive line-up of Play Your Part ambassadors.Moto discovered her passion for helping people during her six-year stint as a member of the Bisho Community Church Youth Ministry, where she got the opportunity to help members of her church and community.While studying for her BCom degree in business management at the University of Fort Hare, Moto became the first female chairperson of the university’s Student Christian Organisation. During her time there, she pioneered a number of youth development programmes.In recognition of her achievements both academically and as part of the student organisation, Moto received a scholarship to study for a diploma in theology in the United Kingdom.On her return, armed with her degree and diploma as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, Moto set in motion her plans to have a positive effect on the lives of even more people.Changing their worldWith the help of her colleagues from the Student Christian Organisation, she set up the Changing Young Star’s World organisation (CYSW).She says the aim of the organisation is to “holistically develop young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, starting with their spiritual wellbeing and permeating through to each gift, talent and acquired skill.“We believe that nothing is impossible, thus we seek to help young people in finding a way out of their current adverse situations to full progression in life.”CYSW has four programmes, each aimed at addressing different issues that Moto and her colleagues have identified as areas of concern.These programmes are:The Give a Child a Future Project, aimed at supporting learners to access better schools and tertiary education institutions.The Youth Mentorship Programme, which looks at developing the life skills of high school learners.The CYSW Community Development Project, which offers spiritual and social support to a number of communities in and around Kwamagxaki in Port Elizabeth.The Kingdom Advancement Network, which develops young people who show a passion for preaching, praise singing and counselling.Moto says that by focusing on these four areas she hopes that the organisation can make an ongoing difference in the lives of the youth with whom it works.Like all our ambassadors, Moto actively plays a part in making South Africa a better place for us all. She is a great example of how active citizenship can help us overcome the challenges we face as a country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more