This year was the first year the world celebrated Mandela Day since Madiba's passing. It was a bitter-sweet day for many people, and we wanted to show our support for his legacy. In Cape Town, our head office made 67 hot dogs and gave them to the Beth Uriel Centre in Woodstock and ABC Gardens donated dog food to the SPCA. ABC Bryanston and Sandton campers donated a huge amount of pet supplies to PETS JHB - Pet Empowerment in Townships, and ABC Norwood, through a series of different activities, managed to raise a whopping R50 700 for the Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services!
Every year from 25 November - 10 December, people around the world raise awareness about the negative impact of violence on women and children and fight to stop the abuse through the 16 Days of Activism campaign. At ABC, we turned 16 days into 60 days by raising funds during the 2013 October and November camps. We supported the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Cape Town and Usindiso Ministries in Johannesburg. Without centres like these, many women and children would have no safe place to turn to and sadly there is often not enough financial support to enable these centres to fulfill all their needs and requirements. We wanted to make it possible for these centres to purchase items on their wishlist. Through a series of drop-ins across the country, an option to donate R10 when registering for camp, and amazing initiatives from campers and trainers, we managed to raise a total of R162 214.30. R82 730 went to Usindiso Ministries and R79 484.30 went to the Saartjie Baartman Centre. Without the assistance of such generous people, this gift would not have been possible!
In 2013, all our camps across the country decided to do something in order to show support for Mandela Day. Due to time and traffic constraints, we couldn't really make each class 67 minutes long, and so we had to be creative! Some camps did 67 second sets, instead of the usual 60 seconds, and others came up with different exercises and movements to do with the '67' theme. Additionally, ABC Sandton and Bryanston held a collection for some baby charities on the day, and ABC Houghton and Illovo campers ran 67km (10 ladies ran 6.7km each) in the Kaya FM Relay for Mandela Day!
In 2013, Cape Argus riders could register to ride as a 'Big Issue Bird'. These riders then needed to find sponsors who would sponsor them per km that they rode. After the race ended, the sponsors were notified and all funds were deposited into the Big Issue's account. To bring more attention to the cause, Adventure Boot Camp sponsored the Big Issue flags that the 'Birds' had on their bicycles on the day!
In 2012, during camps 8 and 9, ABC focused its efforts on raising funds for the Eikehof and Keurboom Interim Homes. Interim Homes provide accommodation, meals and transport to out-of-town cancer patients while they are receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These homes serve as a lifeline for patients and their families, as it eliminates travelling hundreds of km’s for treatment and provides patients with the nourishment they need to overcome this disease. We had CANSA tins at camp, optional R10 donations when registering, ABC's first ever Bring a Boy to Camp, a R2 donation for every person that liked our Facebook page during the month of October and special drop-ins held across the country. All of this would not have been possible - and would not have been such a huge success - were it not for the dedication and passion of our trainers and campers. We were truly humbled and amazed at how everyone came together to support this initiative and we can't thank you enough! Handovers were held for each Interim Home - Keurboom Home recieved R155 607.55 and Eikehof Interim Home received R95 355.10.
In 2011, ABC Houghton banded together and raised R58 000 for CANSA. In 2012, they decided to focus on CHOC and were determined to beat that amount! Using the same strategy as last year, these remarkable women and their trainer, Michelle Rozowsky, raised R60 000 in a matter of days. Each camper was asked to get as many people as possible to 'sponsor' them while they had to do certain exercises. Everyone went above and beyond,
hence the phenomenal amount!
ABC Kyalami assists the Cornucopia Charity
Cornucopia is run by a group of young, energetic people focused on doing great work in the community. ABC Franchise Owner and Trainer, Chirene Wiid, has been involved with the charity for some time, including assisting with their Golf Days, Bingo Evenings, Christmas Parties and etc to raise funds and awareness for their various projects. Chirene and her campers got together and donated money and goodies to the people of Sonop Caravan Park in Benoni, who are disadvantaged. They made hampers which included food, toiletries and cleaning products and also made everyone hotdogs and gave them cooldrink. The day was a huge success and is something that ABC Kyalami would like to continue!
In May 2012, ABC Polokwane Owner and Trainer, Anita Gerhardt, invited all her campers to bring along their husbands, brothers or sons for a ‘Bring a Boy drop-in’ – a very popular activity that lets campers show the men in their lives what they get up to and prove to them that camp is not for the faint hearted! The only condition was that they bring along a present to be donated to the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home. ‘The hour we spent training was filled with laughter and fun, although the men suffered a bit as the women have become quite fit by now. After the training we handed over more than 50 presents to the children’s home. These presents varied from sleeping bags, cellphone airtime, toys, toiletries and beauty products,’ says Anita. Anita had seen the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home Christmas wish list on the internet and decided she wanted to make a difference. All of her campers were very eager to help out as well! The presents were handed over to Karien van der Merwe, a representative of the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home. According to Karien, donations of this kind are always welcome, as the children don’t have the opportunities children from ordinary households have.
In March 2012, ABC Kempton Park Owner and Trainer, Hermien Mostert, and ABC Edenvale Owner and Trainer, Adriaan Mostert joined together with their campers and participated in the CANSA relay for life which took place at the Boksburg City Stadium. With over 3500 attendees in total and 155 teams registered, a total of R1 million was raised! Adventure Boot Camp received recognition for being the best dressed team.
In January 2011, Donna Davids, ABC's Events and Projects Coordinator, heard about Mrs Japhta's Haven for Kids and wanted Head Office to get involved. Whenever there is a case of domestic abuse or drug use, or if parents are incapable of looking after their child/children, the SAPS bring these children to Mrs Japhta. Here they are safe, loved and cared for by Mrs Japhta and she provides as much as she possibly can, with little help. A box was placed in the office and filled with non perishable goods which were then taken to Mrs Japhta each month. Each staff member then chose one or two children to buy Christmas presents for (including essentials such as toothbrushes, flannels and stationery) and in December, a Christmas Party was arranged for the children. There was plenty of food, a jumping castle, dominoes, Father Christmas and more, and the kids had an absolute blast! It was a brilliant day, especially as we could really become involved with these children and the amazingly unselfish and giving Mrs Japhta.
In October 2011, ABC aimed to raise R40 000 for CANSA.This would fund 10 mobile clinics, which perform free breast examinations, pap smears and other important tests in disadvantaged communities and a breast model, to be used for educational purposes. CANSA tins were placed at every camp location across the country and each location held a drop-in session, all proceeds of which went to CANSA. ABC Houghton and the Franchise Owner and Trainer, Michelle Rozowsky, went the extra mile and masterminded a simple plan which produced amazing results. Michelle challenged all Houghton campers to get companies and individuals to sponsor them. They then had to complete a 20 minute 'Challenge' and once completed, their sponsors would 'pay' the campers. The initial aim to raise an additional R5000 for CANSA, turned into a phenomenal R58 000! Campers really took the goal to heart and went beyond everyone's expectations. In the end, the total amount raised by ABC and its campers was R102, 851.15! Thanks to each and every one of you - we are so proud!
In August 2011, ABC George hosted a Drop-in Hike in support of the SPCA. The weather played along and the ladies enjoyed a challenging hike in the beautiful Outeniqua mountains with family, friends and fellow campers. A total of R580 was raised for dog food and blankets for the local SPCA. The event was lots of fun and a great success and there are plans for similar events in the future! Thank you to everyone who participated and for your generous contribution.
ABC Sandton donate much needed supplies to Kitty & Puppy Haven
In August 2011, a desperate plea went out in the region from Kitty & Puppy Haven who were low on supplies. Sandton ladies dug deep to collect a variety of cat and dog foods, blankets and toys at their camp at George Lea Park. These were handed over to the extremely grateful ladies who manage the shelter, which is just off Corlett Drive. Some of the Sandton campers spent some time playing with the shelter animals who are always keen for a scratch or a snuggle.
In August 2011, ABC Houghton hosted a Bring a Boy Drop-In, with all proceeds from the day going to LifeLine Johannesburg. Established 43 years ago and as a non-profit organisation, it exists to facilitate the emotional wellness of individuals and communities – and to make a difference in the Greater Johannesburg communities that it serves. It supervises, debriefs, trains and pays stipends to 52 victim supporters stationed at 15 police stations across Soweto and Johannesburg. On average, this dedicated group of women and men attend to 850 victims every month.
The Bring a Boy Drop-In raised a total of R3 400, which has gone towards Lifeline's basic wishlist to empower victims - nappies, formula, baby porridge, sanitary towels, soap, flannels and groceries. Congratulations to Michelle and all who attended!
ABC Somerset West & Paarl support Bosom Buddies!
In June 2011, Juli Geldenhuys and Miena van Zyl lead the Somerset West and Paarl campers in a Booty Beach Day and raised R1350 for Bosom Buddies. Bosom Buddies is a Christian, non-profit organisation who help new mothers and babies by providing them with basic sanitary and clothing needs as well as the knowledge and understanding of being a mom. Mothers are assisted in correct breastfeeding techniques and the weekly ante-natal classes are aimed at empowering women, offering spiritual help and support.
The event turned out to be a great success! Juli and Miena guided the 20 ladies and turned the beach into a Booty Burning Battlefield with different leg exercises and cardio everywhere - using steps, bushes, domes and good old fashioned running in the sand!!
Thank you to Frances Fuchs, Project Manager for Bosom Buddies, whose mission and passion for the organisation inspired this event.
In October 2010, ABC & Derek van Dam embarked on a fundraising drive to raise funds for Breast Cancer, an illness that has affected most of us in some kind of way.
CANSA collection tins were distributed to all the camps across South Africa, Drop-in camps were held with all proceeds going to CANSA and the Cape Town ladies had the unique opportunity to buy raffle tickets and stand in line to win a date with ETV’s hunky weatherman, Derek Van Dam.
We are proud to announce that with our campers’ help, we managed to raise an astounding R22 000 for CANSA! This just goes to show that a little change can make a huge change when we all come together.
In October 2010, ABC staff and Derek van Dam got their hands dirty at ThembaCare Grabouw, a facility that looks after terminally ill patients.
We managed to raise R4070 towards the day and through great teamwork we applied a much needed new coat of paint even though rainy and windy conditions tried to hold us back! It was great to see adults and children all coming together and giving up their time to paint the building, a great extra for the many patients who are cared for and supported in the community of Grabouw.
ABC pays a visit to the Langa Love Life Centre Pre-Primary
In September 2010, ABC visited the Love Life Center in Langa, where the amazing Thelma has been running a pre-primary school for over 100 children for the past 30 years. It was impossible to not leave without feeling inspired by the amazing work she is doing in her community. In conjunction with Balls for Poverty we spread some cheer, entertained the kids and clothed them with ABC Tshirts.
In August 2010, ABC and Outward Bound celebrated Women’s Day with 21 amazing women in Sedgefield, Knysna. Outward Bound is one of the world's leading international non-profit experiential education organisations & we were proud to be able to work with them on this event.
We facilitated an Amazing Race for 21 ladies from disadvantaged communities and goodie bags were given to each of them filled with luxurious pamper products ranging from bubble bath to moisturiser. This day was a truly unique experience with women from humble beginnings that made us truly grateful for things we tend to take for granted. We commended them for their spirit and for reminding us that a little goes a long way! Visit their website and see how you can get involved.