BENEFITING: Generation Ubuntu
EVENT DATE: Sep 21, 2014
I am asking for your support in helping me save the lives of some extremely important children.
I would never usually ask for help unless I was directly involved in the fund raising myself and in this instance I am totally involved! On behalf of children who were born with HIV in South Africa, and who live alone, abandoned, in a township in Cape Town, I am participating in an Olympic Triathlon on Sept. 21st.
Many of you will know that I worked for a number of years in Johannesburg and regularly in Cape Town as an investigative reporter for the Sunday Independent. During this time I wrote many stories on the lives of children who are thrown at birth into the world with the HIV virus, through no choice of their own. Due to the social stigma of this disease, they are psychologically abused, ignored by relatives and experience their lives in a state of permanent and total rejection. In South Africa there are 333,000 HIV+ children under the age of 15. HIV/AIDS is the leading causing of death of children under five.
Hence the fate of these small beings literally lies in the hands of others: people like us. I am hoping to raise a considerable amount of money so that I can ensure the healthy welfare of these children through the charity Ubuntu Africa. Nelson Mandela defines the word Ubuntu as “That profound African sense that we are only human through the humanity of other human beings.”
This is how every dollar you contribute is put to work:
$100- provide nutritious, hot meals for 10 children
$500 – provide medical supplies for 100 children for one month
$1,000 – provide a fun, enriching outing for 100 children
$2,500 – supports one HIV+ child for one year
$5,000 - provide UBA with a youth counselor to mentor children for one year