Make A Difference Adventure Tours For those passionate about living and giving…
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
Booker T Washington
Every adventure philanthropy expedition we create has a giving mission. A mission we choose from careful criteria.
Our mission is to work long term with these projects to develop sustainable, positive-change projects our expedition members fund as part of the whole process.
Depending on the country we look for projects that meet our aims.
Our main focus is on Education for as David Rattray said …
“Without Education there is no hope
and without hope there is no future”
Our charity adventures, are all united by their sense of adventure and passion for the cause.
The David Rattray Foundation was established in 2007 and has been toiling ever since to support education and reconciliation in Kwa-Zulu Natal – and in South Africa in general. Funds raised on this motorcycle adventure will go towards the cost of building and equipping a new preschool in rural Magaga, an area neighbouring rural Nqutu in KwaZulu Natal and overlooking the Anglo-Zulu battlefield of Isandlwana.
The greatest challenges for schooling in South Africa lie in the more rural and least affluent regions, one of which is the northeasterly province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the low income groups of this region, 80% of children walk to school every day. In the remote villages around Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana children from pre-school ages travel many kilometres to receive a basic education. The journey to and from school is made all the more challenging by adverse weather conditions such as extremely high – and low – temperatures and lightning storms, rough terrain, river crossings and the possibility of encountering dangerous snakes and other animals on the way. Imagine a young child making this journey, having to concentrate on a day’s schooling, and then, exhausted making the return journey home. The need to build more schools in the area is clear.
In 2013, only 11% of children had ever attended pre-school in KwaZulu Natal, mostly due to an almost total lack of local pre-schools. After concentrating initially on Primary and Secondary schools, 2013 saw KHULA expand its operations into Early Childhood Development and build its first pre-school in the Rorke’s Drift area. This school, Isisekelo, now runs with great success.
Results from a recent study show the impact that attending a pre-school has on young learners. When looking at Grade R entrance test results, learners who attended KHULA’s Isisekelo preschool have significantly higher pass rates compared to the under 30% achieved by those who came straight from home. Children currently living in the Magaga area are too far from any preschools to be able to attend and thus all fall into this category. The cost of building a new preschool is approximately R1,250,000 – by no means an uncostly venture. With your contributions the plan to building a new preschool can be realised straight away, leaving more and more children in a position to receive the education that they deserve.
Western Desert Health Care Project
The Western Desert Kidney Health Project – launched in October 2010 in Kalgoorlie – was a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal health, medical and community development workers and artists aiming to reduce disease and diabetes by 20 per cent over three years in 10 Aboriginal communities representing six language groups.
There is a high preponderance of kidney and renal failure amongst the indigenous peoples of the Western Desert and to enable early stage detection in the field UWA wants to purchase and equip two Toyota Landcruisers with diagnostic equipment, which will be operated by graduates and students. Each one of the diagnostic machines cost over $10,000.
Our aim was to raise sufficient funds to buy at least one of these machines.
Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.
Today, the Royal Flying Doctor Service provides the finest care to more than 270,000 Australians each year, on the ground, in the air and on call.
That’s one person every two minutes.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world. It was founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008 with two aims:
- To provide care and rehabilitation to rescued sun bears: and
- To increase awareness of sun bears internationally.
These aims work to ensure the absolute right of every bear to live in the forest.
They promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, education and research…
Giving captured sun bears a better home and restoring their right to live in the wild.
Bicycles For Humanity
Despite their commitment to education, thousands of children in south africa find it hard to get to school every day because of the long distances they have to walk.
In rural kwazulu-natal, one of the poorest and least developed regions of south africa where 80% of the population lives below the poverty line, some children walk 5-10 kilometres from their villages to school.
The vision was to gather 100 people who will donate au$100 to cover the cost of shipping the container.
To do this responsibly and effectively, the zulu bicycle project worked with an established organisation at each end.
On the african end we worked with the David Rattray Foundation whose mission is to help provide education and care for children in the poorest areas of rural Southern Africa.
The foundation’s goal was to give these children the chance to lift themselves out of their extremely disadvantaged background by working to improve educational facilities, standards and care.
The Australian partner was Bicycles for Humanity, a grassroots, volunteer run organisation focused on simple, sustainable empowerment in the developing world. They do this in the most transparent and practical way by sending refurbished donated bikes from the developed world to partner organisations in countries in need.
They know that a bike can mean not only access to education, but also to health care, fresh water, economic opportunity and community. Breaking the cycle of poverty by providing sustainable transport for one child impacts not only their life but also the lives of their families and communities.
Creating better access to education is what the bicycle project is all about.