NPO shortlisted for international award

LOCAL non-profit organisation Thanda has been shortlisted for a prestigious global award from global sports for sustainable social change pioneer, Beyond Sport.

Thanda was among 35 shortlisted projects worldwide and was shortlisted in the category Sport for Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The shortlist was selected from over 400 applications from more than 100 countries and covering 53 sports.

According to Beyond Sport spokesperson Karen Asare, the shortlist recognises the “standout work” of organisations who are creating positive social impact in communities around the world through sport.

On September 12, representatives of each of the organisations will attend the 10th annual Beyond Sport Global Awards ceremony at One World Observatory at One World Trade where the winners of each category will be announced.

She said that this year the foundation will award more than $350 000 to organisations that are using sport to help make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality.

All shortlisted organisations will also receive a custom business support package from experts in the business, sport, and development sectors to help strengthen their organisations through mentoring and fundraising tools.

“On behalf of the Beyond Sport Foundation and our judges, congratulations to our 10th anniversary Beyond Sport Global Awards official shortlist. This year’s group was especially competitive, so the organisations and individuals should be very proud of their achievement. We are grateful to be able to provide the opportunity to not only promote sport through our Global Awards, but also to continue to bring like-minded people together as resources for each other and to share ways that sport is and can be used to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality,” said Nick Keller, founder and president of Beyond Sport.

The 2018 shortlisted projects encompass 33 countries, 23 sports and 10 categories — from challenging injustice, racism and violence through football; to using basketball to improve health; to cleaning up plastics from oceans through sailing; to providing women with economic opportunities through sport tourism; this year’s shortlist represents some of the most exciting, innovative and inspiring ways sport is being used to change lives.

Thanda’s partnership and marketing manager Shannon Vaughan said the organisation was overjoyed about the announcement.

“We are very excited. The sport we have been shortlisted for is skateboarding, and how we use the sport and our programmes to support the Mtwalume community,” she said.