Many of you will have heard about us. You might have seen us in one of your local newspapers, or you may have heard one of us being interviewed on the radio. Or you may have seen us sweating it out riding our bicycles down to Durban.
 

But do you know who we really are?
 

It all started in 2005 when a group of fun-loving, yet concerned, dads got together and decided to try and make a difference to the lives of others, but at the same time, enjoying ourselves and working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Hence, the concept of the Dads´ Charity Challenge.

 

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Joburg 1km

 

Standerton 150km

 

Newcastle 300km

 

Estcourt 400km

 

PMB 500km

 

Durban 668km

 


The Whole Story

Many of you will have heard about us. You might have seen us in one of your local newspapers, or you may have heard one of us being interviewed on the radio. Or you may have seen us sweating it out riding our bicycles down to Durban. We are the DADS Charity.


It all started in 2005 when a group of fun-loving, yet concerned, dads got together and decided to try and make a difference to the lives of others, but at the same time, enjoying ourselves and working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Hence, the concept of the Dads´ Charity Challenge.
The idea was conceptualized in the only way possible – over a few beers on a Saturday morning. The plan was to ride our bikes from Johannesburg to Durban and raise money for charity – our first year target – R10 000! Not only did we sweat, pant and curse with every pedal stroke, but we also managed to raise R25 000 in aid of charity!
Since then, the group has raised in excess of R5 million in aid of our various charities. We were well aware that the global economic meltdown has been tightening up many a purse string, but we are adamant to continue meeting our objective of raising an annual sum of R400,000.


Five days on a bike, cycling from Johannesburg to Durban? Downhill all the way? Right! But it is not just our efforts on the bike that help raise the funds. Over and above that, we have been actively involved in a number of other fundraising initiatives since the first Dads´ Ride, and we have hosted several dinners with the legendary Phil Liggett to boost our fundraising efforts, and other fun evenings like Quiz Nights and Comedy Nights and Golf Days.
As far as our ride to Durban in October is concerned, we leave Johannesburg on the Wednesday leading up to the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Cycle Classic and arrive in Durban on the Sunday by taking part in the Amashova Durban Cycle Classic as out fifth and final day of our cycle tour.

In 2018 we relaunched our brand to DADS to embrace the support and participation of both moms and dads and others in general in our fundraising efforts. So to keep a sense of our origins, we kept the name "dads" but changed it to an acronym. DADS stands for Dedicated Ambassadors Delivering Support ... to children in need.

2019 will be our 15th Cycle Tour and it promises to be a special one!

Our request to you is that you become involved in our initiative by either riding the tour and raising donations or in the form of sponsorship of either a rider or the cycle tour. We have had some fantastic sponsors on board in the past, and they have gone a long way to making our dream the success that it deserves to be.
For more information, email info@dadscharity.co.za.


Where Do The Funds Go?

The Dads´ Charity Challenge is a registered non-profit organisation, and BEE Certified Level 4.

The monies raised will be divided primarily between our chosen charities, plus we have created our own various Bursary Schemes / Scholarships / Outreach programmes for needy children.

We are also involved in a number of other initiatives, such as supporting The Maloney´s Eye Rural Primary School, St. Anne´s Home in KZN, which relies purely on donations for all its needs, and supports 45 young girls aged between 6 and 14, all of whom come from impoverished backgrounds.

We support a number of school children with the full payment of their school fees in their primary school years. Most of these children are not even aware as to where the funds come from.

Children with life-threatening kidney disease often experience great difficulty in living normal lives due to the tremendous impact that their illness has on them and their families. The Kidney Beanz Trust was established to provide comprehensive support services to these children and their families.

www.kidneybeanz.co.za

The Gauteng Down Syndrome Association, established in 1980, is run by parents of Down Syndrome children on a voluntary basis. The DSAG explores ways of improving the lives of those with Down Syndrome and runs numerous outreach programmes for young families with Down Syndrome children.

www.dsag.co.za

The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a country wide voluntary organisation bringing together the parents of children who suffer from all varieties of cancer or life threatening blood disorders.

www.choc.org.za

The Fulton School for the Deaf is one of the very few schools catering for children with hearing disabilities in the Province of Kwa Zulu-Natal. Due to the lack of funding and government curtailment, the school finds itself having to lean heavily on outside assistance.

www.fulton.org.za

Kids Haven opened in 1992 to serve the homeless (street) children and children in crisis in the Ekurhuleni region, South Africa. Everything they do is focused on protecting these children and giving them a future through the three main pillars of care, viz. (i) pre-care, (ii) in-care, and (iii) after-care

www.kidshaven.org.za


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