Himeville – The beaded bangle that all KAP sani2c riders receive is one of the most prized possession taken away from the event and the Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation has played a critical part providing the race with these iconic beads throughout the 12 year history of the race.
The Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation (HNO) is a non-profit welfare that serves a wide variety of people from men, women and children, the elderly, sick, former prisoners, school children as well as mentally and physically disabled children in and around KwaZulu-Natal.
Despite their wide variety of programmes and projects, the one that serves the KAP sani2c mainly is the initiative that incorporates people from the Bulwer area who create the famous beaded bracelets that the riders receive at the start of the second day of the race.
“When the sani2c came along and asked us to do the bracelets, we were very quick to jump at the chance and it has been a huge help to us ever since!,” central administrator of Hlanganani Ngothando, Conny Spiers said. “We have five people that make these bracelets for us and it brings in an income for them as well as some extra funding for HNO.”
The sani2c policy on community aid is not to issue donations but rather to offer various worthy institutions the opportunity to add value to the event, in the process raising funds for themselves as well.
KAP sani2c covers any costs that are incurred by these activities and also pays the beneficiaries a pre-determined amount of money for their service, an added boost for HNO.
The race finds this policy works well as projects are self-driven and beneficiaries are highly motivated and passionate about the event.
Regardless of the small group of people taking on the responsibility of creating the bracelets, HNO have a number of other initiatives that they are responsible for, all geared towards empowering the people that they have in their care.
“We run a small crafting project where unemployed women make cushion covers and other bead crafts which they sell at markets around the community and beyond.
“We also work in the community, assisting people where we can in areas such as health counselling, distribution of resources, a monthly feeding scheme, assistance with stroke rehab, transport to clinics, etc.,” Spiers added.
As with most organisations of this kind, HNO is always in need of assistance and the help that the sani2c provides is always welcome.
“HNO receives some funding from the Department of Health due to our work with the disabled. We are, however, mainly reliant on private donations to get us through and so the assistance that we get from sani2c is invaluable!
“Being able to give these people an opportunity to contribute while also making some money is a great way for them to empower themselves.”