When people come together, amazing things can happen.

Take a look at a few campaigns that have been highlighted on the Backabuddy Impact Village as well as in media publications across South Africa this week. 


Featured Campaigns 

Read our latest blog posts featured on the BackaBuddy impact village this week.



Dalan Holton Marks 50th Birthday With Chilly 7.5KM Robben Island Swim to Fund Memorial Scholarship


Dalan Holton, a 49-year-old director at Debella Finance from Morningside, Sandton, is embarking on an extraordinary journey as he approaches his 50th birthday on March 1, 2024.

Unlike the typical ‘midlife crisis,’ Dalan jokes, which might lead one to indulge in luxury or travel, he has set his sights on a challenge that is as symbolic as it is daunting—the swim through the shark-infested waters from Robben Island to the mainland at Bloubergstrand. This endeavor is not for personal glory but for a cause close to his heart.


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Pietermaritzburg Teen Aims for U.S. Tour with Support from Celebrated Academic Cousin, Nhlakanipho Mkhize


Nhlakanipho Mkhize, a distinguished 33-year-old academic originally from Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg, and now residing in Springs, east of Johannesburg, embodies the belief that education is the key to unlocking boundless opportunities.

Now, he’s embarked on a mission close to his heart: to pay forward the transformative power of education to his cousin, Busiswa Kuzwayo, aged 14. His goal is to provide her with a chance to broaden her horizons through an educational tour of the United States in September 2024.


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Self-Taught Piano Prodigy, Jason Haas (15) Dreams of Owning His Very Own Grand Piano


Jason Haas, a 15-year-old musical prodigy from Springs, Johannesburg, embodies the transformative power of music.

His story unfolds from the early age of four, when the melodies of his grandmother’s old piano captivated him, sparking a passion fueled by his mother’s love for music. This love nurtured his talent, leading him to master his first piece, Canon in D major, by ear—an early indication of his extraordinary musical intuition.


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In the News

Take a look at campaigns featured in various media publications this week.



From Tragedy to Triumph: Mhlengi Gwala to Inspire at Paris 2024 Paralympics


Mhlengi Gwala’s journey from a brutal attack to representing South Africa at the Paris 2024 Paralympics encapsulates resilience and triumph over adversity.

Media Source: Good Things Guy


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School Shoe Fundraiser for Children Killed in Gaza


Durban — Ten thousand schoolchildren in South Africa are to receive a new pair of school shoes in remembrance of the children killed in Gaza.

Media Source: IOL


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Leading SA Robotics Team in Pinelands Wins WC Regionals Soon to Compete at Nationals


Texpand, a Cape Town community robotics team ranging in age from 12 to 17, based in Pinelands, is the first South African team to win the first-place Think Award at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) world champs last year, and are the front runners to win the SA Nationals to be held on Saturday 17 February.

Media Source: News24


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