07 Nov 2013

Spotlight on….Bhubesi Pride

Spotlight on….Bhubesi PrideWelcome to our very first ‘Spotlight on’ feature where we’ll be chatting to some of the latest charities to sign up to MyDonate’s free fundraising service.

This month we caught up with Richard Bennett, founder and director of sports development charity Bhubesi Pride, to find out more about their inspiring mission to support rugby and community development in schools and communities across Africa.

“Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can.”

Nelson Mandela

From its humble beginnings in 2011, as a series of projects, Bhubesi Pride has grown into a fully established charity, inspiring change across Africa.

Working across ten African countries, the charity now has three key aims. It unites African children through rugby, addressing health, education and life skills. By providing equipment, resources and training, it aims to empower local teaching staff. As a lasting legacy, the charity inspires sustainable development by developing young leaders and building relevant relationships.

On the ground, Bhubesi Prides assembles highly qualified teams of coaching staff to drive through Africa on annual six-month expeditions, supporting rugby and community development in schools and community centres across the continent.

This year’s mission saw the team embark on its second expedition, crossing central Africa, from Addis Abbaba in Ethopia to Cape Town, South Africa. Visiting no fewer than ten countries, the team engaged local schools in week-long training sessions and tournament days alongside lessons in health and safety, and life skills.

Fundraising for ongoing projects

Richard explains funds raised will be used directly for the delivery and implementation of Bhubesi Pride’s ongoing projects. In particular, funds are needed to provide African staff and pupils with relevant equipment and resources (such as balls, bibs, cones and education guides).

In the long-term, resources are needed to develop international relationships with schools in Africa, identify further areas for development in the long-term, such as improved classrooms, sports pitches, education and training centres, and fund many more initiatives.

Richard believes MyDonate’s free fundraising service offers the best value for their fundraising programme.

He said: “As per ‘Money Saving Expert’, MyDonate offered us the best value – it seemed a logical choice for us, a new charity. And we are still finding our feet, I cannot make any comparisons, but the indicators are good and based on existing charities that use MyDonate, we hope it will work for us.”

Bhubesi Pride is a charity that is really going places. In fact, they have been shortlisted for ‘Community Programme of the Year’ at the prestigious Rugby Expo Awards 2013. To find out more about their pioneering work please visit their website. You can also see their new fundraising page here on MyDonate.

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