The Southern Lodestar Foundation (SLF) was born out of a need to improve the lives of impoverished children across Sub-Saharan Africa. Through education and nutrition, the SLF aims to create meaningful change, foster hope and deliver sustainable transformation to enhance the long-term health and development of individuals and nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
To achieve this, the SLF implements breakfast and nutritional programs at underprivileged schools, providing thousands of disadvantaged school children with a nutritionally balanced meal every day, in the form of a scientifically formulated fortified breakfast porridge. The SLF’s passion is to feed, nurture and grow communities through knowledge and nutrition as they believe that no-one can reach their full potential on an empty stomach!
Founded by three ultra-distance runners, the SLF aims to use running as a tool to inspire change at grass roots level.
The SLF has developed a team of individuals with a passion for running, committed to challenging themselves and determined to succeed. These individuals inspire the champion in each other and those who look up to them as role models.
Through projects that focus on nutrition, nutritional education and inspiring children to be healthy and active, we hope the see the children of Southern Africa nourished, educated and inspired to change our country, and beautiful continent for the better.
The partnership between KK100 and SLF came to life soon after the inaugural KK100 in 2017, when the role players in each organisation recognised they shared similar dreams and goals and that something as simple as putting one foot in front of each other, over and over again can inspire people to do more, as well as the belief that they too can achieve great things.
In 2018, the SLF launched the 1Run, 1Life project at the Karkloof100.
How does it work?
Very simply, for every runner who crosses the start line of KK100, one school child will be fed every day, 5 days a week for seven years!
So just by starting this race, participants contribute to improving a child’s life!
Keeping it real…
Nontu Mgabhi took part in KK100 in 2018 and following the event she went along with the team to Khiphinkunzi Primary School to do one of the handovers of breakfast porridge.
Watch the impact this experience had on her, and of being a part of this initiative as whole, here:
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In 2019 1 Run, 1 Life has been brought closer to home as we have identified three schools in the Karkloof as beneficiaries of this years’ event. At Triandra, Hawkstone and Yarrow Primary Schools the breakfast programme has been implemented, as well as Nutritional Education training and awareness.
The race route goes right past one of these schools, Triandra Primary School, making it all the more tangible for runners, for them to be able to really grasp how their participation will be helping change lives.
Participants of the KK100 training camp, which was held on 20 – 21 July, had a special opportunity to become even more connected on a personal level. One of the training camp aid stations was positioned at Triandra Primary School and runners gave of their time to assist in establishing a vegetable garden and painting interactive games before getting back onto the trail.
By signing up and lining up at KK100 is the biggest gift. Thank you from us at KZN Trail Running, the SLF and the children of Triandra, Hawkstone and Yarrow Primary Schools!
But nutrition is only one of many challenges faced by impoverished communities. Just imagine what can be achieved if each and every individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential!
If you would like to do more and contribute further, please contact Carla van Huyssteen on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are able to donate any items off the wishlist, these can be dropped of at the KZN Trail Running offices at Lifespark, 2 Boston Road, Howick.