Our Wines2Whales race – to support literacy in South Africa
- By: Bryan Austen & Stephen Smith
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/our-wine2whales-race-support-literacy
As a Trustee of Signature of Hope Trust, I am passionate about making the biggest single difference to the life of a child.
I was moved to action when I learnt that 29% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa are illiterate, while 58% cannot read for meaning. Without the ability to understand what they read in English, learners are unable to engage with what is being taught and as a result are ‘silently excluded’ from many aspects of their schooling careers. From 2010 to 2015, only half of the learners who started school in Grade 2 reached Matric. Although there are several other factors that contribute to the high dropout rate, illiteracy is one of the main contributors.
Reading is a powerful tool to address poverty and inequality in South Africa. Signature of Hope will be aiding in the fight against illiteracy by setting up independent literacy centres at underperforming schools to support Grade 1 to 3 at-risk learners in reading, writing and speaking skills.
I along with my riding partner Stephen Smith will be devoting every kilometre of the Wines2Whales race to the fight against illiteracy, keeping in mind the difference the gift of reading will bring to a vulnerable child.
I ask you to join me and help raise R30 000 to make every kilometre travelled an epic one. Your support and encouragement will help me get through this gruelling challenge, all the while knowing that my efforts will be greatly rewarded.
A small donation to my cycle race, eg: R2 per kilometre travelled per day = R140 per day (I am cycling 70km per day for 3 days) WILL make a big difference to the life of a vulnerable child.
Become an agent of change. Be part of this journey and help me reach my fundraising goal.
To contribute, please select the DONATE BUTTON next to the barometer!
- Nov 01, 2017 - R 1 010.00
- "Well done for cycling for such a great cause!" - Gary & Sharon Leih
- Nov 01, 2017 - R 51.41
- "Well done! We are proud of you." - Alandri
- Nov 01, 2017 - R 102.82
- "Well done guys, very impressive." - Anonymous
- Oct 31, 2017 - USD $ 26.30
- "Well done on your efforts so far and all the best with what remains!" - Andrew Moore
- Oct 31, 2017 - R 210.00
- "Go for it Bryan!" - Duane
- Oct 31, 2017 - R 205.64
- "Good luck Bryan and Stephen, you guys are inspiring!" - Lynn
- Oct 26, 2017 - R 514.10
- "Good luck Bryan" - Rashay Makan
- Oct 18, 2017 - R 205.64
- "Have a great race and enjoy it. " - Craig Saunderson
- Oct 13, 2017 - R 1 028.20
- "Good luck with the "Luxury Tented" accomodation (plenty of vaseline). Well done." - Anonymous
- Oct 05, 2017 - R 510.00
- "Good luck!" - Colleen Tissink
- Sep 29, 2017 - R 500.00
- "Good luck & Enjoy the experience!" - Peter Tissink
- Sep 28, 2017 - R 514.10
- "Good luck chaps, great cause!" - Paul Quinton
- Sep 26, 2017 - R 10 282.00
- "Very proud to know these boys I went to school with. " - Jason eyre
- Sep 19, 2017 - R 1 000.00
- "Good luck pal, see you out there" - Mike Fannin
- Sep 16, 2017 - R 2 570.50
- "Bryan. Tough times dont last pal, tough people do. Best of luck but knowing you you dont need luck!!" - Craig Featherby
- Sep 15, 2017 - R 310.00
- "Good luck guys! Enjoy the race.." - Chris
- Sep 14, 2017 - R 500.00
- "Good luck - it's all about getting through day 1!" - Graeme Austen
- Sep 14, 2017 - USD $ 38.02
- "All the best bud!" - Paul Swanson
- Sep 14, 2017 - USD $ 5.93
- "Lets go Bryan and Stephen!" - Jeroen
- Sep 14, 2017 - R 1 028.20
- "Great cause!! All the best." - Moira s
- Sep 14, 2017 - R 78.08
- "Lets go Bryan and Stephen! " - Marvin Zoetemelk
- Sep 14, 2017 - USD $ 10.52
- "Thank you for the inspiration. " - Christina