Thatu is delighted that the BITC Youth Advisory Panel has confirmed that they will once again attempt the gruelling 10 mile bike ride around the world famous Richmond Park in Surrey, in order to raise much needed funds for Thatu projects in South Africa. Marcel Reid who is the lead organiser of the event said "last year was tough - most of the team had not cycled for the best part of a year and the ride was a real test of stamina and resilience on what must have been the hottest day of the year".
For 2017, there will be a two-pronged approach to raising funds on the bike ride! We are inviting friends and family to sponsor us through our MyDonate page and you can find out more about this here - http://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thatufunride2017 .
We are also inviting anyone who enjoys cycling and would like to support the cause , to come along and ride with us on the day. All you will need is a suitable road bike (we suggest a mountain bike) and your donation of £5 to participate, for which you will receive a Thatu insignia that will be secured appropriately to your attire making you easily identifiable on the course. It will also ensure you receive well-deserved light refreshments as a thank you from Thatu at the end of the challenge. Meet the team outside the Bike Shed at Richmond Park at 10:30 hours Sunday 1 October 2017.
"What a Sunday. Lots of drama, lots of pain and effort but a great fun day had by all." Gloria
£800 was raised by our wonderful supporters who rode on a hot Sunday in September to raise funds for Thatu.
The cyclists were members of the Business in the Community Youth Advisory Panel (http://race.bitc.org.uk/membership/YAP): Marcel, Valerie, Mustafa, Ozzie, BeAnna and their Manager and one of our Trustees, Gloria and Jan (a neighbour of one of our Trustees).
Thank you from all of us at Thatu!
L to R: Jan, Marcel, Valerie, Mustafa, Ozzie, Gloria and BeAnna
Dee Wakefield, a generous friend to Thatu celebrated her 70th birthday
in style at two lunches and one dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge
Club. She requested that her hundreds of friends not give her a
personal present, but a cheque which she will donate to Thatu and
Medicins sans Frontieres.
In 2016 we will help five hard pushed and overcrowded rural and peri-urban schools to grow food, improve literacy and numeracy, and improve the environment.
The Home Food Gardening programme in the Cape Flats has expanded now to 18 impoverished communities. The 12 month programme results not only in families having much needed nutrition, but also skill development and also employment opportunities for some. In 2016 we are happy to be able to help another 800 home gardens to be developed on small wind swept plots, whilst also providing occasional support to 600 existing home gardeners.
MMEP, one of the projects Thatu has been funding for some years now, continues its good work in the Howick area of KwaZulu Natal. It has continued to work with schools to develop their food gardens and this year has added two more schools to its list!
With high levels of poverty in the area and so many HIV/Aids orphans, knowing how to grow your own food is not just a satisfying thing to do, it’s of real practical help. Good nutrition for a child benefits that child throughout its life.
The schools have a fun time when MMEP comes to visit, with quizzes, nature walks, stories and other activities – it’s not just hard digging!
This year has seen the start of another Thatu supported project – The Superbug Club. This is a group of 10 – 12 children selected by their teachers who meet monthly with a Superbug from MMEP. These children have all experienced trauma of some sort. They do different exciting things at each meeting but at the same time have an opportunity to seek support and help with their problems. The Superbugs will give them guidance and refer them on to other organisations when appropriate. The children sign up to this for one year and the aim is to help the children cope with the difficulties in their lives.
Thatu is proud to have supported MMEP in these ways. The area that MMEP works in is a very rural and impoverished area of South Africa, worlds away from the sophistication of Cape Town or Johannesburg. We know that our funding makes a difference to many young lives.
In 2015 Thatu has continued supporting the expanding Soil for Life Home Food Gardening programme in the Cape Flats. By mid-year only 5% of the 250 new home gardeners in seven different districts had dropped out. Considering the fragility of many peoples lives, this small loss points to the continuing success of the programme. As well as getting their first produce from their home food gardens, most of them have started compost heaps, and some even mini-nurseries. 10 existing home gardeners have had refresher training, as have also 11 new assistant trainers.
We have also supported the developing Health and Wellbeing Programme. By June 185 people had attended workshops in six districts. This programme is an important extension of the objective to equip people in these areas with the knowledge and tools to improve their own health and wellbeing.
Thatu raises funds to help improve the health, education, nutrition and life-chances of some of the lowest-income communities in South Africa.