On 18 July 2020, Mandela Day, 67 young people from the inner city of Johannesburg committed to a City of Courage Tour: 30 young men from Fight with Insight led by well-known gender activist, Luke Lamprecht, ran across the city to major historical landmarks associated with Nelson Mandela and Human Rights. The objective was to draw attention to Gender-Based Violence, through dialogue, action, and fund-raising for key projects. 30 young women participated in a workshop following the run.
The NFDI partnered with the organizers, the Inner-City Community Action Network, with three Foundations providing on-air contributions alongside well-known activists who work on combatting Gender-Based Violence in the inner city.
Beneficiaries of the project included: Women and Men Against Child Abuse; Fight with Insight – a boxing academy focused on training young men on management of aggression and stress through boxing, psychosocial and physical health, and group activities; Twilight Children – the 3-decades old shelter and community center in Hillbrow; and Afrika Awake whose focus is on xenophobia. Partnering with the NFDI on the project were the Angel Network of South Africa, Jazriel Foundation, Ingelosi Foundation and SAMSOSA (South African Male Survivors Opposing Sexual Abuse), with sneaker donations by the young creative social entrepreneurs of Sneakers4Change, and watering stops provided by Makers Valley Collective and CAN, food from NOAH CAN and various other community-based organizations.
Click Here to Read the Press Release of the Mandela Day Run in aid of Inner City GBV. With the support of the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative 17 July 2020
Click Here to Watch the City of Courage Tour – Mandela Day 2020 Video