Black Swan charity walk raises much-needed funds for at-risk children

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At Black Swan, we passionately believe in the importance of working with charities to deliver a positive social impact.

We recently shared some details of the fantastic work our local charity The Magpie Project have been undertaking in recent weeks, and how we were able to support the cause by supplying ten new smartphones to help mums provide emotional and practical support to each other during lockdown.

Our latest charity challenge took place last week, and this time we were raising funds for great causes further afield.

Every year, in conjunction with our friends at NMG, we undertake a walk to raise money for charities that run several children’s orphanages in South Africa.

The charities work to support more than 250 at-risk children in the Johannesburg and Cape Town areas. Each orphanage runs a centre to house, feed, clothe, educate, and rehabilitate children who have been neglected, disabled, abused, orphaned or abandoned.

The charities we support include:

  • Tembisa Child Welfare – Tembisa houses more than 100 children between the ages of one month and 20 years old in two centres and has given a generation of orphans and vulnerable children a fighting chance in life
  • Uviwe – Uviwe’s programmes are implemented at individual child, family and community level and they work on a preventative level to prevent crime, abuse, and neglect of vulnerable children
  • Elundini Educare – Elundini provides a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment to more than 65 mentally and physically challenged children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years.

As far as our challenge is concerned, the target is for each member of the Black Swan team to walk, run or otherwise exercise at least 80 extra miles in 80 days. The company then doubles all the money raised by the team and donates it to support the valuable work in South Africa.

On Friday 28th August, as part of this year’s challenge, our intrepid team headed to Stratford in London to participate in a charity walk around the Olympic Park, and on the various canal paths to Hackney Wick.

The walk was interrupted by a torrential downpour, but our brave (and soaking wet!) team pressed on with the walk, right to the end. So far, the team have walked a total of 2,763 miles – about the distance from London to Tehran – and hope to raise at least £2,000 for this important cause.

Please visit our JustGiving page if you’d like to make a donation and to support the vital work of these charities.


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