Charities to benefit hugely from 2012 Dusi

2012-02-14 00:00

THE Charity Batch auction linked to The Unlimited Dusi 2012 has already raised more than R360 000, breaking the previous record.

Bidders use the online auction system to sponsor 60 select paddlers who are given a head start in the order of the amounts of money pledged.

A daily head start offers a competitive advantage to paddlers who will have the opportunity to cover more water ahead of the midday sun and avoid congestion at the start.

Paddling pals Nigel Barnes and Kevin Waterston set a new record for the highest ever bid at R41 550.

This will be Barnes’s first attempt at The Unlimited Dusi and Waterston’s 10th.

“We only have two goals for this race,” said Barnes. “One is to complete it and the other is to reach our target bid.”

The Charity Batch paddlers will join 5FM’s Sias du Plessis, his paddling partner, Deon Bruss, and the Ginger Army by donning ginger wigs for the race.

The Ginger Army includes television and radio personalities Liezel van der Westhuizen and Bonang Matheba, who will team up with top paddlers Greg van Heerden and Ant Stott respectively.

The charities that will benefit are The Unlimited Child, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for early childhood development intervention, the SPCA and the Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust.

Every cent raised by The Unlimited Child goes to its operation to train caregivers in crèches to stimulate children from birth to the age of six years and to provide monthly support to these facilities.

The Unlimited Child provides educational toys and caregiver training at underprivileged crèches. It has already influenced the lives of close to 14 000 children and 626 caregivers in over 220 crèches in the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

The organisation aims to reach 25 000 crèches throughout South Africa over the next five years.

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