|IN OUR MARCH EDITION:|
And then to our runners…. Thank you to the 50 odd runners who tackled the Old Mutual Two Oceans half marathon in the rain and in the dark! (6am in March is dark!!) Thank you for the awareness and funds you raised for us and for your spirit and enthusiasm.
And lastly our heroic walkers …. Covering over a marathon a day for 5 days straight while nursing all sorts of injuries (☺). And the little side line that they raised R170 000 through their efforts…. Unbelievable!
Already term 1 is over! It has been a wild start to the year but a start I am feeling very proud of. Our projects are now ticking over nicely, our facilitators are receiving incredibly valuable training and on site support, we’ve managed to monitor our children’s reading age and spelling ability (to be repeated twice more during the year) and we’ve already upgraded 2 of our school venues. All our children are eating nutritious meals and already I can see a difference in their well being.
So if I say so myself…. GO ANNA FOUNDATION GO!
3 R's: Focus on Reading
The Three Oaks At It Again
In 2013 the “The Three Oaks” walked from Tulbagh to Stellenbosch and raised a considerable amount of money for us in the process. Last year the men decided it was time for another big walk. The "Walk in the Park” was planned for 7 March 2016 and would take the men from Saldanha to Cape Town over a period of 5 days.
Struan Buchanan, Pete Hofmeyr and Mark Westcott shared their fundraising intentions with friends and the support started rolling in. Unfortunately, Struan was forced to withdraw at the last minute due to an emergency bypass operation but Bob Jones-Davies stepped in to complete the walk on Struan’s behalf. After 150km of walking on beach and through bush, the men reached the Mother City on Friday afternoon. Their final fundraising barometer has exceeded R170 000!
What an impact this money has made in the Langeberg! We have been able to provide academic support, improve the children’s overall well-being through clothing and food, invest in our facilitators and upgrade some of the school facilities at our Langeberg projects. And this is just the start. Thank you Struan, Pete, Mark and Bob for all that you have done for us.
Absa Cape Epic Action
This was our 3rd year as one of the proud associate charity partners of the Absa Cape Epic - also known as the Tour de France of mountain biking.
We were involved in a number of ways including having three teams taking part. Our team entries provide us with an valuable opportunity to raise funds and our riders were fantastic ambassadors and looked great in our kit. We're very proud of Team White Inc - Nic White and Adrian Enthoven - who came 2nd overall in the Masters category!
With the help of volunteers from Somerset College, we offered face painting and other kids activities at the Race Villages throughout most of the 8-day event giving us valuable exposure. Some of our children visited the Race Village at Boschendal and had a great time having faces painted and cheering our riders on. They also managed to get a photo with the overall race winners from Team Bulls causing much attention on social media. A great experience for our keen bike enthusiasts and for the Anna Foundation too!
Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon
This was our first year involved with this extremely popular race and what an experience! With 50 charity entries for the half marathon for us to sell, we are extremely grateful to those who chose to raise money for us through this event: Adi van der Walt, Francois van Greunen, Deon Bougardt, Quinton Anthony, Rabia Ghoor, Erica Schemel, Romy Nomis, Lynette Bannatyne and Glen Ho.
Top Fundraisers: A special mention to Erica Schemel, Romy Nomis, Lynette Bannatyne and Glen Ho who managed to raise over R18K on the fundaising website, GivenGain! #SoletoSoul
A Half Marathon Up North in Support of the children down South: Hayley Poutiainen bought one of our entries for the the Two Oceans half marathon but discovered she was unable to fly back to South Africa from Finland. As she had already started fundraising on GivenGain, she decided to run her own half marathon on the same day as the Cape Town race... in the snow! Read Hayley's blog about how she outdid her own fundraising expectations and the 'slightly different' running conditions she faced. She has raised over R11K for us.
Thank you to all who have supported us this month!