LIV Village

LIV Village is found in the heart of Durban, and they are the most incredible organisation.

I had never been to LIV Village and I am so glad that I did! It is such a special place, and the children are so amazing I have asked to be more involved in the future. I believe everyone should go visit and see the amazing work that they do there.

We recently collected Easter eggs at our Easter Secret Sunrise and our fabulous Secret Sunrise family came through! We were able to donate to two baby homes as well as to LIV village. We also donated pre-owned running shoes from my Shoeperstars campaign and the kiddies were so excited! LIV village creates a safe home for 181 children right now. They pair children with a mom in their own home and together with 3-5 other children, they become a new family. The facilities they have are amazing. There is a clinic with a doctor, a dentist, a psychologist and an occupational therapist. They eat really healthy nutritious food, so their illness rate is drastically reduced as well. They have a school that ranges from Grade R to Grade 11, with the Grade 11’s becoming the first Matric class next year. They have started giving jobs to those in the communities surrounding the village, and have taught these people amazing skills. There’s a factory where they sew products, a welding school, agriculture where they farm veggies and moringa, LIV labels, LIV flowers, LIV culinary school and they are part of LIV cleaning as well! Sadly, recently, other members of the surrounding communities rioted and protested outside LIV wanting jobs. They caused enormous damage which is going to set back the village in their efforts to create more jobs for the community. It costs roughly R2 million a month to run this amazing facility, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably thought twice about donating because you have the misconception that they’re so well supported because they’re always on social media with sports stars etc. Only after I visited and spoke to Caitlyn about it did she bring it up that a lot of people think that, but their costs are so high.

 

They’re currently launching a £1 campaign where they’re asking people to donate £1 a month. That’s R20, the cost of a cappuccino. Doable right? I’m committing to donate R20 a month this year and I’m challenging you as well! If we can get 1 million people around the world to donate £1 a month, that would be their target and they can take in even more vulnerable children!

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My whole feeling from being at LIV is that it is such a happy place! The kids are growing up in an incredible environment and to see how many kids are being helped is just heart warming.

If you’d like to shop online and buy their products check out their website here. I have had the coffee and it is really good! They also have amazing woven rugs in their store at LIV so pop in and support them sometime and grab a coffee at their coffee shop too!

 

If you would like to use zapper to donate anything from R20 towards helping them rebuild or support the kids then scan this code. You can also use zapper to donate monthly if you like!

If you’re more old school and prefer eft or online payments then you can donate here.

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If you would like to donate anything to LIV for the rebuilding please feel free to use this Zapper code.

 

Have you been to LIV Village before?

I hope you’ll join me when we do our special Mandela Day Secret Sunrise event. We have launched the event on Facebook and you can find all the details here

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How daring are you? Its time for the Daredevil Run!

Be prepared to spot a Speedo-clad Daredevil or a few hundred as they take over Durban roads on Friday afternoon, are you ready?

 

Things are going to get heated in Durban on Friday as the city’s most daring men prepare to run cancer outta town at the Hollard Daredevil Run. The Run aims to raise awareness of male cancers and the importance of early detection by encouraging men of all ages, shapes and sizes to run (or walk) along a five-kilometre route in support of the cause.
The Daredevils of Durban will set off from Your Communications College Rovers Rugby Club in Kings Park Stadium, running through peak-hour traffic, past lush greenery and along the stunning Snell Parade Beach promenade on a five kilometre route as they make their way towards the finish line.
“We are thrilled to be able to spread the Daredevil spirit throughout the country to encourage support for this important cause,” says Warwick Bloom, Marketing Communications Manager at Hollard. “The Hollard Daredevil Run has seen such tremendous support and turn-out in the past, and we challenge every man of any age and shape, to join the fight against cancer – and have a little fun in the process!”

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Cancer stats to scare the pants off you

While the Run has had a remarkably positive impact on cancer awareness around the country, statistics indicate an alarming increase in male cancer incidences in South Africa. According to research from the National Cancer Registry, there has been a 32% rise in prostate cancer cases in the past year alone, with one in 19 men at risk of developing prostate cancer in their lifetime. 

Even though figures for testicular cancer have declined, the number of men diagnosed with the disease is still alarmingly high. However, testicular cancer and other cancers can be treated if they are detected early enough.

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Registered Daredevils over the age of 40 will also be able to have a free Prostate Specific Antigen test done on the day of the event, having to endure just a tiny prick to the finger to check for any signs of prostrate cancer. All proceeds from the Run will go to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to fund cancer awareness programmes as well as its MANVan initiative – a mobile health clinic which travels across the country providing free cancer testing to underprivileged communities.

Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO says, “Following the success of the 2016 Hollard Daredevil Run, we were able reach and screen an impressive 8,112 men throughout the country. We encourage all men to take part in the Hollard Daredevil Run to not only help raise awareness of male cancers, but also to help save lives.”

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Men of all ages, shape and Speedo-size can enter by visiting https://daredevilrun.nutickets.co.za/ to register. They can also nominate a friend, relative or colleague to join them in running cancer clean outta town.

Runners are welcome to bring their loved ones and fans to cheer them on from the side-lines on the day, as the run is restricted to Speedo-clad men and boys. Donations in support of the cause can be made here.

 

Have you registered yet? It’s THIS Friday at 3pm so get online and register!

 

Hey guys, here’s a video you should watch!

Visit the Event Facebook page for more info!

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Planet Fitness Cyclethon

Planet Fitness is hosting a cyclethon tomorrow in aid of The Smile Foundation. We caught up with Denise who is the founder of the charity cyclethon in South Africa.

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What got you started in spinning?
I was in USA in 1996 at a converence and that’s where I saw Johnny G. He knew spinning wasn’t in South Africa and was keen to introduce it. He eventually worked on it, met people he could do business with and eventually got a few bikes imported to our country. I was one of the first six people who started training and am a Masters Instructor and then started a business with my partner.

 

What was the response when you first started it in SA? Were people skeptical?
People loved it; we started off with two classes, one at night and the other is one in the morning. It became such a hit that we had to increase the classes to six per day.

 

Spinning is now a huge part of the gym environment. Did you expect it to have grown so quickly and to be in so many gyms 20 years later?
Yes I did, I have been in sports all my life and saw the potential of spinning when it started, I knew it would be an instant hit.  It’s great because you can do it indoors and outdoors.

 

What is your favourite thing about spinning? 
I love the vibe and energy around it, the fact that you can’t get injured if your bike is set up correctly and the music. I also like spinning because it works well for heart rate training.

 

How did you come up with the idea for the charity cyclethons?
I have been doing Cyclethons for charities since 1996 every year. I started with Hospice Wits whom I still support and now also the Smile Foundation. I also do Kiddies Cycle races for charity. The Cyclethon has gone National. PE, JHB, Cape Town and Umhlanga, KZN. My dad had cancer so that was enough motivation to get me started to give back.

 

Tell us a little about the cyclethon for The Smile Foundation 
I think combining things you love for a good reason is always a great idea. I have always been active and I fell in love with spinning the minute I tried it and that’s why I took started teaching it. As said my dad had cancer and I guess giving comes naturally to my heart. I started small with Hospice Wits who I still support. I then started with the Smile Foundation and have been working with them ever since. There are a lot of children who get helped by the foundation and I think any little help that is possible.

 

How can people get involved by cycling or donating to the cause?

People can buy tickets on www.webtickets.co.za or just donate and not cycle.

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If you would like to join them tomorrow be sure to book your ticket now!

 

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Movember Sunrise

It’s Movember which means it is time to raise funds for men’s health this month! We are doing a special Movember Sunrise tomorrow and you still have time to grab your tickets. Donate an extra R20 and we will match it with R20, donating R40 of each Share the Joy ticket to Movember charity!

Come and dance and raise funds for a great cause!

For more information check out the Facebook event

Tickets are available here!

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Always Keep Playing #LikeAGirl

I’ve teamed up with Always to educate you on their #LikeAGirl campaign! (Sponsored)

 

We all know that feeling. You’ve been wearing a bra all day and you just arrived at the gym, looking forward to changing into your comfy sports bra, only to realise you’ve forgotten it! Again!

What do you do? Do you run out the gym happily  leave the gym unhappy, knowing you’ve missed the chance to workout, or do you suffer through the workout being uncomfortable? We’ve all been there! Some more than others…. It is never comfortable, but some of us wear the bra and workout anyway. It’s NOT comfortable and we vow to never forget it again. Well, did you know that there are so many girls that don’t play sports at schools because they don’t have a sportsbra?

Always are changing that!

As a follow-up to the Always Keep Playing #LikeAGirl campaign, Always will be sponsoring the donation of sports bras to underprivileged girls through its partnership with GOP (Girls Only Project).

“We’re doing this to highlight the fact that many girls cite the lack of feeling comfortable and confident as a reason for dropping out of sports.”

GOP will be handing over the bras to the young girls at Wigen Heights tomorrow and Luthyi School in Hammersdale on Thursday. I’m sure these girls are going to be SO excited! It is going to make such a difference to their lives. Something we don’t even think about. We often buy new sports bras when we see cute ones we like. Of course they have to have support and be comfortable too, but we have the luxury of walking into a shop without even thinking about it. It’s second nature to us to wear a sports bra when we exercise, so we don’t really know what it’s like to have to go without.

So where did this idea come from?

Always ran the third part of its #LikeAGirl campaign around the time of the Olympics, and it highlighted the issue around confidence and sports for girls. They discovered some alarming stats, that by the end of puberty, half of the girls surveyed (51%) will have quit sports. The girls reported that they didn’t feel like they belonged in sports and 67% felt that society doesn’t encourage them to play sports.

“Research done by local organisation Girls Only Project (GOP) shows that another factor related to a girl’s lack of confidence when playing sports is due to not having proper sports bras. The girls surveyed often mentioned breasts as an issue when discussing participation in sport. Because the bras are so expensive, girls simply don’t wear them and either don’t want to play sport because of this, or play but are incredibly uncomfortable and self-conscious.”

Always is on a mission, and it’s a much needed one. Their mission is to stop the drop in confidence that girls feel during puberty. Part of their mission is to educate all of us and make us aware of the shocking statistics and high volume of girls that are quitting sports every day due to lack of sports bras. Sport is so important to boost these girls and their confidence at an age where it is so needed.

Ready for some crazy stats?

  • An Always survey revealed that the start of puberty and the first period mark the lowest moments in confidence for girls. More than half of girls surveyed lose confidence during puberty and many never fully recover.
  • Through its Education Programme – reaching up to 20 million girls, in over 60 countries – Always has been championing girls’ confidence globally for more than 30 years.

7 out of 10 girls feel they do not belong in sports, leading half of them to quit playing sports at puberty – when sports could benefit them most

  • 7 out of 10 girls feel they don’t belong in sports; 67% of girls feel that society does not encourage them to play sports.
  • By age 17, at the end of puberty, half of girls (51%) will have quit sports.
  • 7 in 10 girls say there aren’t enough female role models in sports today.

Because of the critical role of sports in building confidence, Always urges girls to keep playing #LIKEAGIRL

  • Two-thirds of girls agree that playing sports brings them increased confidence.

With that in mind, especially that two-thirds agree that sports brings them increased confidence, it is up to all of us to do our bit to encourage these beautiful girls to stay in sport! Do your bit and be involved where you can be.

 

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I have 5 hampers to giveaway containing Always products to the value of R200 each! Now, this isn’t an ordinary giveaway, because you won’t get these pads. You will be donating them in YOUR name, to a school girl who needs them more than you. All you have to do share the Always post that is on my Facebook page Here!

Please visit Always on Twitter and on Facebook

Follow the hashtag #LikeAGirl

Have you watched the most recent Always video about girls and sports?

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