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JGC Handstand Challenge

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THE HANDSTAND CHALLENGE

Stand up. On your hands. For a small business, you love. To keep it standing.

While the world is on pause, we can stay active. And while small businesses have ground to a halt, we can make a stand for them…with a daily handstand.

The JGC Gymnastics club, a small gymnasium in Johannesburg has launched a new challenge to the world…

Do a Handstand a Day or donate to keep small businesses that you love standing.  

It’s your encouragement they need more than anything and your belief to match theirs that while the world has been turned on its head, that we can still wave our feet in the air…

HOW TO DO A HANDSTAND

I bet you’ve always wanted to learn how to do one. Here’s your chance. 

  1. Take a video or photograph of yourself doing a handstand 
  2. Share it on social media with the hashtag #KeepUsStanding, tag the businesses that you are pledging to support and nominate a friend to do the handstand challenge
  3. Go onto https://www.backabuddy.co.za/handstandchallenge to donate to small businesses to help keep them standing.

By donating money, you can keep their business standing, 50c a day, £1 or $20…turn over those cushions on the couch check through all your pockets in the wardrobe or just do a handstand and see what falls out! 

In a world that’s been turned upside down, turn yours upside down with a handstand for a great cause!

HOW JGC WILL SPEND MONEY RAISED

Property Maintenance

Salaries for 17 coaches and 8 general staff for the next 3 months. 

Rental and municipal account payments for the next 3 months. 

To subsidizes fees for parents who have lost their income.

Any additional funds will go into our international training fund (to expose our gymnasts who can’t afford travel and accommodation to international gymnastics - when the borders re-open!). 

*All funds raised will be transferred directly to the JGC Gymnastics club from where it will be managed.*

Donations

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "great gym! Need to keep it going! To handstands " - Melissa Hillen

  • Jul 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Stay save, stay strong, stay fit🦾" - Marco

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "JGC- Inspirational, motivational. Thank you for all that you do for both Zayana and Leeyah " - Rabia Variava

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Looking forward so important for teenage girls

    " - Gemma /Vivienne

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "great gym! Need to keep it going! To handstands " - Melissa Hillen

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Darin the magician" - Carmen

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "We will win...JGC Always win !!!" - Nafiesa

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Looking forward to the magic show!" - Carolyn

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Looking forward to it " - Brent

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "#KeepUsStanding" - Anonymous

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Looking forward to the magic show!" - Lily

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Almost at our target..." - Keira S

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Have fun" - JC

  • May 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "great gym! Need to keep it going! To handstands " - Melissa Hillen

  • May 13, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Once part of the JGC family, always part of them! What an honor to contribute something small to assist. Thanks for all the hours, the love and the commitment in our childrens lives

    " - Julie Pieterse (Leone en Elrisa)

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "great gym! Need to keep it going! To handstands " - Melissa Hillen

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "

    JGC - Our OUTstanding gymnastics club that has amazing results and the biggest hearts

    " - Variava (credit card)

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keep going cousin, you're an inspiration to many" - Fiona

  • Apr 23, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Stand tall and do all to keep what you love

    " - Annelie Gildenhuys

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 160.00
  • "JGC for Life Miss our JGC Family so much " - Heldsinger & Mravlijak

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "HANDSTAND, Well done on this initiative Keep Growing" - ME LLALE

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Wish you all the best in your future endeavours. JGC has always meant so much to me. " - Christina

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 534.45
  • "Well done on this great initiative! Standing strong!" - Celia

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Incredibly proud to be part of this amazing team" - Aqeelah

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "You WILL do it! The seeds you have sown are ready to be harvested! " - Finette Britz

  • Apr 20, 2020 - USD $ 26.67
  • "Loved training with you guys at Christmas. Best of luck with your fund raising. Love Belle x" - Belle Vorster

  • Apr 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "To JGC and its coaches. Thank you for what you do for my grand-daughter Vania! " - Maria

  • Apr 18, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "This too, shall & will pass. Keep shape and keep faith." - Mohau Shikwane

  • Apr 18, 2020 - R 350.00
  • "I will always JGC very close to my heart. Let's keep you standing JGC." - Julie Lourens

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "For my grandkids Kiersten and Tamlyn" - Trevor Modlin

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Jordan, beautiful performance from a beautiful girl " - Bernie Nackan

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "The world is upside down but your handstands are not ! I have loved watching all the handstands and your coaches messages. " - Lilys granny

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep this super club going.. " - Akira Bhika

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "What a great fundraising idea!" - Nikki’s favourite Auntie

  • Apr 16, 2020 - USD $ 65.00
  • "Thank you Ilse and team. " - Yoli Sangweni

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 520.00
  • "

    support #fundraising #donate #community #sponsors #youngatheart #jgc

    " - Gemma Levitz

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Lots of love " - Nikki's Granny

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Well done to everyone " - The Ally’s

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great initiative everyone!! Donating for Vania who absolutely loves JGC!! " - Natalie

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Keep up the good work Ilsa and team" - Clare-Anne and Denise

  • Apr 15, 2020 - USD $ 109.49
  • "." - Cheesy cousin

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Make every handstand count!! Good luck everyone : )" - Hannah Randera

  • Apr 15, 2020 - USD $ 27.37
  • "Family forever. You will always be in my heart " - Leigh and Carley

  • Apr 15, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Hierdie plek is so spesiaal!

    " - Marnel

  • Apr 15, 2020 - USD $ 109.49
  • "Go team JGC! " - Indiana Ayuk Mealia

  • Apr 14, 2020 - USD $ 11.07
  • "So proud of you! " - Issebel

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "JGC keep up the good work. Brilliant handstand Leah Weir! " - Elisha & Neave Mylod

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "To an incredible club!" - Jenna Heslop

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "Keep standing and stay strong guys! " - Jeanri

  • Apr 13, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Keep going JGC, your commitment to our little ones is commendable " - Matiisetso

  • Apr 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "" - Alicia Nortje

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "Keep standing. Keep handstanding. " - Gigi de Jong

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 31.03
  • "Anything to keep JGC standing!" - Chanica

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Grateful to be part of the JGC family" - Amina

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Nkazi and Qhayiya Matyolo from Avile and Sante Maja" - Avile & Sante Maja

  • Apr 11, 2020 - USD $ 27.67
  • "Thanks for all the hard work and loving care " - Megan, Christel and Dane'

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "Well done! " - Claudia

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "This club was instrumental in getting my granddaughter to a great level whilst she was a gymnast!! Thanks to you and your team Ilse" - Mildred Frank

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Love Always " - Chanel Moonsammy Theron

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 300.00
  • "

    Home since Ilse was a gymnast with Janet many moons ago!

    " - Elsie Pritchard

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Lily loves you guys! All the best!" - Alex

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Glad I can help." - Ilana

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Stand Strong

    " - DJS

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 262.00
  • "

    Keep on making us proud and remember to have fun

    " - Sue

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "So much love for the place and sport that changed my life forever ️" - Michele

  • Apr 08, 2020 - USD $ 54.47
  • "We support you all the way" - Crete Namibia

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "JGC is a family; it is the best; keep going.. we are with you" - Jasmine Backes

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good Luck JGC. Thanks for all that you do for our athletes!" - Amanda Bowden

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "JGC "raising the bar" for sure!!! Best club" - MG

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "

    For future greatness

    " - Veda

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Chin up and stick, God will see us through." - Brenda Matyolo

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "JGC is a home close to my heart ️ " - Leeland

  • Apr 07, 2020 - USD $ 26.51
  • "Gymnastics was such a large of my life as a teenager. Happy to support this initiative to ensure the same for the current generation." - Pauline

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 3 150.00
  • "Forever grateful to JGC and all the amazing people involved. All the best x" - Elana

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "JGC- My fondest childhood memories. Wishing you the best x" - Maxine

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Lifetime memories xxx" - Karin Cardoso

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "WORK HARD,BELIEVE,DREAM BIG,[email protected]" - ProudJGC

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "This has been our home since we were babies! It's an absolute pleasure working alongside our colleagues and all the gymnasts. We love you JGC " - Candice And Paige

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Once part of the JGC family, always part of it - let’s keep this club’s success going !! xxx" - Danelle

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Great work guys, in particular Lily" - Isla Maclean

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Handstanding together to keep our club and wonderful coaches supported." - Keira S

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 800.00
  • "My second home. my family ! Couldn’t be more grateful for this place and it’s people ! " - Caitlin Rooskrantz

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 3 150.00
  • "From the Proteas in us to the Proteas to come. " - Nads n Malik

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you Ilse and JGc. Prayers for your continued success! " - Anon

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "JGC- our OUTstanding gymnastics club that has amazing results and the biggest hearts ️ " - Variava

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "The impact of this special Club goes far beyond gymnastics!! All the best to you and your amazing team and Club Ilse Xox " - Megan Rogers

  • Apr 06, 2020 - USD $ 107.85
  • "I believe in JGC, Ilse and all the team! Stay positive, motivated and most of all stay together! Because “together we are stronger”" - Martine George

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "The best gymnastics club in SA! Ilse and the coaches... keep doing what you’re doing!" - Claudia

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Together, we got this!

    " - Ilse Pelser

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 750.00
  • "

    We are in this together!

    " - JGC Gymnastics

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    We have to keep the family (hand)standing!

    " - Lynette

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Awesome dedicated group of coaches and gymnasts

    " - Nicola Scheepers

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Together, we got this!

    " - Ilse Pelser

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Inspired to donate by the awesome Hillens. :)" - Jenna and Odd

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 600.00
  • "Home away from home for Lila! A truly amazing special place for our girls!! " - Lisa du Plessis

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "My favourite gymnast calls me aunt. #Jean Mari " - Liza

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "This is for all the hardworking coaches and gymnasts at JGC whom I admire so much. " - M de Jager

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "This is for all the hardworking coaches and gymnasts at JGC whom I admire so much. " - M de Jager

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 10.64
  • "Keep up the amazing work, Go team! Go Leah! " - Adel Sammons

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "I love my gym and I would like ppl to help keep it going. Thank you all." - Haylee van Rensburg

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 53.22
  • "You got this!" - gymfan

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Ilse & Team - Stay strong through the struggle - you will prevail. " - Leigh Watson & Family

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Stay strong ,stay focused,stay fit ,stay on your hands " - Popsie

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 30.00
  • "For Lea Weir and her amazing gymnastic team. " - Erasmus Family

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for sculpting our future champions!!! " - Kristen

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 29.95
  • "I may be far away in distance but JGC will forever be in my heart. Keep fighting JGC! The world needs you " - Liezl Miller

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Give back to a club that has sculpted so many!" - Maris

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 60.00
  • "Thank you for everything Ilse and JGC " - Bottger

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "JGC has been family my entire life and I absolutely love you guys️" - Anishce

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "The best club in the Country." - JC

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 5.32
  • "For the love of the sport " - Elizma

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Go girls" - Anonymous

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep strong!!!" - Matiisetso

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 2 625.00
  • "We just need to remember to chin up" - Nenette van der Linde- Barket

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Stay strong" - Janet

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 150.00
  • "My home away from home " - OhBloy

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "great gym! Need to keep it going! To handstands " - Melissa Hillen

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "A place I call home!!! What would I do if I couldn't return home???" - Anke

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 52.50
  • "An incredible team that help our kids reach their dreams! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "JGC is such an amazing club led by Ilse and her whole team who are full of love and passion. Ilse has a heart of gold. Here's to Tokyo2020ne! " - Robyn

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Hope to this you guys standing on hands again!" - Pranya Naidoo

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Let's keep this club open for our little champs" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Help Ilse and her team keep creating chanps" - Anothernonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Support these wonderful people" - Anonymous

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 5.71
  • "Keep it up(side down)!" - Rob

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Go JGC! What an amazing Gymnastics Club this is. Definitely my favourite small business. " - Thurlow Moore

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Donations to date

R 77 169.30

Fundraising target

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The amazing small businesses and not for profits that keep us healthy - the small sports clubs with their amazing coaches who live pay-check-to-pay check are not going to come through this still standing. Take the club we’d like to ask you to support first.   JGC Gymnastics Club in Newlands, Joburg. JGC has produced international medal-winning gymnasts like Caitlin Rooskrantz and Claudia Cummins.  But it is the impact that it has on every kid from Westbury to Westcliff that makes it one of Joburg’s most special places.