For a while now, I have had the privilege of knowing the man called Songo. He is a gentle man, who has that urgency to look after those who have no choices. To give them options.
This weekend, I am taking more goods to Songo. They have more kids than they can handle at times and any bit helps. I have a few people coming along as well and if you were so inclined, please join us on Sunday at 1:30pm at Kyamandi Police Station where we will take a ride out to Jonkershoek with the kids and the team from Songo will show us around their area, sharing what they are achieving there.
If you have not heard of Songo.info here are the details: Songo.info is a social development program that provides sport and recreational activities to children, offering a safe place to play and grow, establishing values of accountability and responsibility, teaching goal setting and instilling in children the ability to dream and go out and achieve their goals.
The songo program works closely with the children to instil our values including:
Trust: Trust is at the core of our program including building trust with our sponsors, our donors and with the children so that they know they can rely on the program and that the program respects and values each child.
Accountability: We strive to instil accountability for everyone who partakes in the program by demonstrating through example, taking responsibility in the program and teaching the children to take responsibility for attending the program and looking after the resources they are provided with. We seek out and develop leaders in our community who lead through example.
Consistency: In the township world there is so little consistency, we try to create a buffer for the children to not experience the up’s and downs of a Not-for-Profit organisation and only promise what we can honour building trust with the children where they can come to rely on services and facilities being available to them.
Availability: As far as possible we try to always be there for the children in the services that we offer, in the need for contact and support. Our goal is to have the program running effectively so all bikes, equipment, training and races are always accessible to the children.
There is a real sense of purpose with the guys at Songo. So come along this weekend and if not, there are 2 fundraising dinners in the next few weeks for you to get involved in as well. Those details follow here:
We are really excited to once again be holding our songo.info fundraising events on Wednesday 09 November 2011.
We will be following a similar format to last year where riders can join Christoph Sauser, Burry Stander and Dan Hugo for a fun ride on Table Mountain. This year will be taking a different route, starting from the Deer Park Restaurant and heading towards the Block House.
The evening event will entail a cocktail function to be held at the Reeds & General Motors Showroom in Culemborg from 7pm. It will include Christoph and Burry sharing insights from their Cape Epic win, as well as Christoph sharing his experiences of winning of the Marathon World Championships. Dan Hugo will be sharing insights from his experiences in the US including racing against the 7 times Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong.
The evening is an opportunity to listen to the champs talk about their Absa Cape Epic win and all the successes and tribulations during the summer racing season.
Deer Park Cafe (next to YUM)
Deer Park Avenue
R150 per rider
Details of Event:
Meet at 15h00
Ride starts 15h30
Distance approximately 30kms
Plenty of parking available
Reeds & General Motors Showroom
Corner of Oswald Pirow and Jack Craig Street
(Kindly note cash bar)
Details of the Event:
Evening starts 7pm
Cocktail and fundraiser evening
Plenty of parking outside the Reeds showroom on Jack Craig Street or across the road
The evening promises to be interesting and insightful as Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander share insights into their win of the 2011 Absa Cape Epic as well as their experiences racing the US and European Season and Christoph’s win of the Marathon World Championship title.
Dan Hugo will be sharing insights from his experiences in the US including racing against the 7 times Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong.
We have incredible auction items including Tour de France rider, Fabian Cancellara’s World Champs timetrial suit and IronMan winner Chrissie Wellington’s running shoes! We also have a Maurice Lacroix watch and stunning Addidas Hampers.
We really hope you will be able to join us at both or just one event!
Bookings available through: www.songo.info/cpt
The same event is taking place in Johannesburg on the 29th October. Full details are available on their website at www.songo.info/.