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  • On the 22nd and 23rd of January, twenty nine swimmers took to the water to achieve a new feat in South Africa: a twenty four hour swim to raise funds. The event was organised by Madswimmer, a non-profit organisation of extreme sportsmen who complete insane challenges to raise funds for children in need. Check out their website for the full story… THANK YOU Madswimmer! You raised R62 173 for the children of Ga-Dikgale, Limpopo. The funds raised will be used towards the construction of a building for Konoto Creche, an Early Childhood Development Centre in Dikgale village….

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  • We would like to introduce our Roadies to Samuel. Samuel has been a part of Ranti Grace Drop-in Centre forever. he is a wonderful gentleman with a flair for gardening. Samuel cannot read or write and does not speak any English. In February of 2014, Samuel attended an entrepreneurship course in Ga-Dikgale. He spent the five days listening carefully to each instruction and joining in the conversations. For each exercise, Samuel would find someone to dictate his answers to, who would help him to write his answers in his training book. Samuel used to do welding in…

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  • Last year, we asked our Roadies for some urgent support. One of our families, a Mother, teenage daughter (15 years old) and two younger children (aged 10 and 12) were in trouble. When the girls’ mom passed away, and a week later the teenage daughter gave birth to a child of her own, we had a Child-headed Household with a 15-year old looking after her new-born baby and her two siblings. This child-headed household has no grant, no income and no family able to assist. Thanks to the outpouring of love from you, our Roadies, all four…

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  • On the 19th of July, we celebrated Tata Madiba with the first Mandela Day since his passing in December 2013. A very big thank you to all who came out to join us for our incredible day of fun and celebration in Ga-Dikgale, Limpopo. We had such a great response that we had to split the team and hold two fun days, for a total of over 500 children! A very special thank you to our friends at the Munnik Meerkat, a local cycling organisation who used the profits from the race to provide over R10,000 worth…

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  • On November the 28th, 2013, we officially launched our Coffee Table Book, “The Lonely Road”. The launch was held at the Intermission Gallery in Joburg City, towering 18 floors up with a spectacular 360 degree view of the city and an incredible light show, courtesy of a Jozi thunderstorm! The photographer of the book, John Ross and his wife Yumi were able to join us from the UK for the event. A number of John’s prints were on display and were available for limited edition purchase. We would like to thank the team who put the event…

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  • A big thank you to our two celebrity supporters, who raised over R10,000 between them in November 2013! Zak Patel, winner of Strictly Come Dancing SA 2013, allowed us to auction off a day with her, including a picnic or dinner, and a ride on Joburg’s Zoo Lake to feed the ducks. Metro FM’s DJ Paul Mtirara allowed us to auction off a day with him, including a trip to the Metro FM studio to see him in action, followed by a movie or Metro FM event and a bite to eat. Thanks for being such good…

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  • Here at Roadie HQ we are starting to prepare for Christmas. We are so grateful this year to have been chosen by Santa Shoebox for support for our 3,000 children in Ga-Dikgale. We would love for our kids to receive support, and we are certain that they will. We therefore ask for your help in any way possible! Please go to www.santashoebox.co.za and help the 100,000 kids in SA who will receive Christmas gifts this year. Just follow the easy instructions to register and pledge. If you would like to support the Lonely Road children in particular,…

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  • On Monday 29 July, we were the astounded and grateful recipients of one of The Dis-Chem Foundation’s Random Acts of Kindness, when we received R120 000 and six trolleys worth of goods on John Robbie’s show on Talk Radio 702. Following the very exciting trolley dash last week, we were told to expect a phone call from John Robbie. Little did we know what the Dis-Chem Foundation had in store for us! “The Lonely Road Foundation supports 3 500 orphaned and vulnerable children in rural communities and has received support from the Dis-Chem Foundation in the past….

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  • Last week, the Dis-Chem Foundation partnered with 702 to hold a trolley dash, with our children as the lucky beneficiaries. Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie and his studio controller, Darius Mothibe, raced around the Dis-Chem at Rand Ridge Mall for 90 seconds. Anything they could put into a trolley was ours to keep. Six trolleys later, the team celebrated and hoped to beat the reigning trolley-queen’s record. Turns out they did, with a total of over R25,000 worth of goods! Have a look at the video to see John and Mothibe from 702 causing havoc in Dis-Chem…

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  • We are thrilled to announce that after almost two years in the making, the Lonely Road Foundation is finally complete. The Book is a result of a collaboration between The Lonely Road charity, John Ross and Browns Editions, the book was conceived as a tool to  raise awareness and funds to change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in rural and underprivileged communities in South Africa. We would like to thank John Ross for his vision and the images he captured, Jon Ellery and his team for conceptualising and delivering a unique and truly engaging book and dg3 for the…

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