Africa carries a story of journey and of humanity. It is the birthplace of humankind and the starting point for the migrations that resulted in the distribution and variety of people we see today. We are all a part of that original African diaspora.
Africa also has a legacy of grand expedition, intrepid exploration and voyage into the undiscovered. This is why we as Team South Afristan have put ourselves on this journey. We hope to bring a message of “Ubuntu – the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”, to those we meet on our journey and to celebrate our cultural and ethnic diversity. We are privileged that 2014 marked the first time that a generation of South Africans that were Born Free were able to vote in our country’s elections.
JP and Rich at Ratang Bana in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa
We are a proudly South African team, we come from a country of cultural and ethnic diversity, and Ubuntu is part of our heritage and within our spirit. For us this is not just an extreme adventure, it is an opportunity to partner with our chosen charity Gumboots and help inspire underprivileged African children to follow their dreams, and to meet as many people as possible in the countries we visit and get to experience their cultures as well as share our love of our country with them.
Leaving the planet in a better place than we found it is close to our hearts and the charitable component of the Rally is very important to us.
The official charity for the Rally is Cool Earth and each team is required to raise a minimum of £500 for this charity. Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction and provide sustainable alternatives for their livelihoods. Check out http://www.coolearth.org/
In addition, each team must raise a minimum of £500 for a charity of their choice. Our chosen charity is Gumboots.
Gumboots works to make a positive impact to South African communities who struggle each day for a better future. We plan not just to raise money for Gumboots but to partner with them in a meaningful and personal way. The reality in South African is even for those who are lucky enough to get a good education there is a very high level of unemployment. One of the Gumboots’ projects is developing leadership skills for high potential underprivileged teenagers. All of our team members are entrepreneurs who seize opportunities as they arise and dream big dreams. We will visit these kids before the Rally and share with them what our plans are and form mentorship relationships with them. We then plan to write personal letters to them from each of our destinations to share our experiences with them. When we return we will visit them again to tell them of our adventures and to share our learnings which perhaps they could leverage in developing their own leadership skills. Our hope is to personally inspire some of these kids to dream big, follow their dreams and believe it can be done!