10,000 Metre Great Peaks Challenge
by Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK
raised by 65 donations
of €10,000.00 Target Goal
€10,000.00 Target Goal
Hiking, running, climbing, and possibly even sleeping for student access! South Africa has the highest youth unemployment rate amongst the G20 nations, with 64% of youth between the ages of 18 and 24 not having any form of employment. Nelson Mandela understood that the employed youth could make South Africa a prosperous nation, “The working youth is critical to our future. The economy depends on you. With your hard work and efforts at improving your skills, you can make ours one of the most prosperous nations in the world.” He also understood, that one of the clearest ways to breaking down the barriers to work was to educate the youth, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. In March 2020 I took a bold step in defining my own career, launching Saltwater Consulting – when I started my business, I knew that success in the business was not just about making my own dreams come true but also to build a vehicle of change for the young people of South Africa. My success would be their success. I set out a plan that created a milestone of when I could set aside a portion of my operating profits to be donated into a bursary fund that will open access to education at Stellenbosch University. I was fortunate to reach that milestone towards the end of 2021 and in 2022 the first donation was made in support of a student studying a postgraduate level degree in Data Science through the School of Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University. Why specifically support Data Science? The School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University is training young South Africans with the ability to enhance South Africa's competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is in this field that the highest yield in employment amongst the youth will be achieved. Hi, I am Allan Boyle from Saltwater Consulting in Dublin, Ireland, and I will hike/climb several great peaks during the year to reach a collective 10,000 metres. I am inviting partners, families, and friends to join me in the pursuit of widening access to education in South Africa at Stellenbosch University by donating to this bursary fund by sponsoring me for every metre I climb. Throughout this year I will be embarking on various personal challenges to raise awareness about the plight of youth unemployment in South Africa and now you can partner with me in supporting students at Stellenbosch University to gain the right skills so that they can enter the workplace and make a difference. So join me and lets raise €10,000 in 2023 and make a difference. *I commit to matching the first €5,000 raised € for €. Peaks Climbed, 10 000m accomplished! * Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m) on 4 March 2023. * Carauntoohil in Ireland (1038m) on 17 March 2023. * Lugnaquilla in Ireland (Highest peak in Leinster) (925m) on 16 April 2023. *Slieve Donard in N. Ireland (850m) – Highest peak in Ulster, Northern Ireland on 30 April 2023. *Croagh Patrick ‘the Reek’ (764m) – Connacht, Ireland on 27 May 2023 *Mweelrea (814m) – Highest peak in Connacht, Ireland on 28 May 2023 *Scafell Pike (978m) – Highest peak in Cumbria, England on 8 September 2023 *Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) (1085m) – Highest peak in Caernarfonshire, Wales on 10 September 2023 *Table Mountain, Western Cape, South Africa (1086m) - on 11 November 2023 *Helderberg West Peak, Hottentots Holland Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa (1003m) - on 12 November 2023
Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela, awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University, 1996. In 2004, Mr. William Frankel OBE, a friend of the university, established the Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK as a registered charity in the United Kingdom. To create an avenue where friends, as well as alumni, could donate to the furthering and advancement of education in South Africa through Stellenbosch University. The charity is registered with the Charities Commission. The success of a university depends greatly on the participation of its alumni and friends. The Stellenbosch University Foundation allows for alumni and friends of the university, based outside of South Africa, to financially support the many projects that enhance the educational offering at Stellenbosch University. Remain connected, be involved and help to make a change in future Maties, in South Africa, in Africa and the world! About Stellenbosch University: Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the Winelands of the Western Cape, South Africa, creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University. The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country. SU is cementing its reputation as a world-class institution. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. With 18 research chairs under the NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi), the University is regarded as a leader in the fields of biomedical tuberculosis research and management, wine biotechnology, animal sciences and mathematical biosciences. Another SARChi chair, in the field of invasion biology, is shared between SU and the University of Venda. This constitutes but one of SU's many partnerships, both local and international. As a preferred research partner, SU also participates in various international academic networks. SU has ten faculties: AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology.