Projects - Sports DevelopmentRecent studies have indicated an alarming trend among children - that sedentary activity like excessive indulgence in television, play stations and mobile phone games and chatrooms are resulting in a lack of exercise, impacting on the long-term health of children.
In 2005, we made a humble beginning in promoting sports development and supported one team with a volleyball kit. In 2006, we supported a few children’s and adults teams with soccer kits. In 2008, we supported the establishment of a soccer tournament over Easter with 12 teams participating in the tournament held in Pietermartizburg. All the trophies and the entire event were sponsored by GOTG. Also in 2008, an underprivileged athlete was sponsored to take part in an international world karate tournament overseas. A local cricket team from
In 2009, we decided to pour more resources into our Sports Development project, because of the increasing pressures our children have to endure. Firstly, we sponsored the Jive 10km Big Walk in
The karate kids at
GOTG sponsors International Kanazawa Cup, April 24-26, 2009
Gift of the Givers has supported the SKISA (Shotokan Karate-Do International South Africa) International Kanazawa Cup held in Durban from April 24-26, 2009.
This R250,000 contribution includes the sponsorship of six specialized 100 square metre karate floor mats, sponsorship of the International Kanazawa Cup Tournament including 45 medals, 1,000 certificates, the Kanazawa Cup for the Best Male Team, the Kanazawa Cup for the Best Female Team, sponsorship of three athletes to the World Karate Championships in Greece who will be representing South Africa at the Olympic Stadium in Athens in July 2009. The sponsorship also includes the funding of five underprivileged children for a whole year of karate training.
Left: The GOTG team hands over The R250,000 sponsorship cheque to SKISA. From left is Ayesha Sooliman, Manabu Marakami Sensei, Prof LGB Ndabandaba, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Emily Thomas and Kyosho Sonny Pillay. Right: The SKISA Women Team 2009 took the Kanazawa Cup as the Women's Champions of IKC 2009. Team consisted of (from left) Janine van der Merwe, Tina Lee Singh (Captain) and Elishia Naidoo. Pictured with them are Dr Imtiaz Sooliman and Ayesha Sooliman.
GOTG sponsors NFA tournament in KZN, April 10-13, 2009
Gift of the Givers is working towards the promotion of sports development in
In this spirit, Gift of the Givers sponsored R30,000 towards the National Football Association’s (NFA) tournament held in
The NFA tournament was held at the Hillview Sports Arena, Newholmes in Pietermaritzburg and attracted teams from around
The tournament was fun for the whole family. GOTG and Careline had a stall amongst the food and clothing stalls on display. The beadwork and sewing display, from our entrepreneurship project, attracted a lot of attention and appreciation.
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The Orient Heights Football Club was sponsored by GOTG.
Nedbank National Championship for the Physically Disabled, April 3-9, 2009
Gift of the Givers sponsored the Adelaide Tambo Sport Team for the Nedbank National Championship for the Physically Disabled held at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth from April 3-9, 2009. GOTG accompanied the 22 athletes to the event where they gave their all in the various events.
Left: Mbalui Madondo (Adelaide Tambo School) achieved a Silver Medal in Long Jump. Right: Sibongile Seshube (from Adelaide Tambo School) representing Central Gauteng, took away the Gold Medal in Shotput.
Jive 10km Big Walk, February 25, 2009
In February this year, we were one of the major sponsors for the Jive 10km Big Walk. This annual community walk held in Cape Town attracts 20,000-strong crowd. Proceeds of the walk go towards the Red Cross Children's Hospital and the Islamic Library.
Said Dr Imtiaz Sooliman: “It was a pleasure for us to be included in this symbolic 10th anniversary walk. We decided to get involved because it was a fantastic opportunity to give back to the people of Cape Town who have so generously supported our relief efforts in Gaza and over the past 16 years. The walk itself was a pleasant experience and had fantastic spirit. We hope that it gets bigger and bigger each year and hope that more people of other faiths will join the walk to show a united Cape Town and a united South Africa. The event is also great for building family spirit which is the cornerstone of building strong societies.”Left: Enjoying the walk was (from left) Johannesburg Branch Manager, Allauddin Sayed, Sherage Davids, Bahia Essop and Dawood Essop. Right: The Walk takes place at the scenic Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town.
Tears Pride Football Club sponsorship
In 2006, GOTG sponsored the Tears Pride Football Club from Dambuza, Pietermaritzburg.