Corporate Social Responsibility
Children are the future of South Africa and because not all of them have equal opportunities in life we have to at least try and make a difference.
At GibConsult we are committed to support children and young people; be it to sponsor a special day for children with life-threatening diseases in conjunction with the organisation Reach for a Dream, supporting Jumping Kids, a non-profit organisation that provides mobility to children with leg amputations or to assist with or to assist with proper dental care for children in remote rural areas.
We are privileged to lead normal lives, we walk and run and participate in any sport we like, because we have the ability to do so. That is why we are committed to supporting and improving the lives of those who would also like to get the chance to run, jump, get active and participate in sport. Given mobility, these children are really excelling, not only in sport but in life itself.
And where better to support than helping children with disabilities and illnesses and providing them with opportunities to be active, participate in sport, or have a dream for a day – just be children. We have the ability to walk, run or participate in sport.
Jumping Kids is a non-profit organisation that facilitates access to the latest technology prosthetic solutions for children without legs. In doing so, the kids get the chance to run, jump, get active and participate in sport. Being healthy and active is not a given for children without legs.
Getting Ntando to Paralympic Games in Rio
The story of fourteen year old Ntando Mahlangu is probably one of the most inspirational stories to come out of the Jumping Kids Foundation.
Born with a congenital condition known as Hemimelia, where the lower part of the leg does not fully develop, Ntando spent most of his young life in a wheelchair. In 2012, the youngster from Mpumalanga was fitted with his first set of Jumping Kids sports prostheses, also known as blades.
Within weeks he was running and, subsequently, created quite a stir on the local, and international, junior para-athletics scene.
At this year’s Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled (March), Ntando set the track alight by setting a 400m World Record (53.19s) to add to his African Records in the 100-, 200-, and 800 meter races.
He followed this by stunning spectators with a bronze result in the under-16 400 meter event at the ‘able-body’ Athletics South Arica (ASA) Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior and Under-23 Championships that took place in Germiston (April). He also formed part of the Gauteng North under-16 relay team that won gold.
Based on his superb performances over the past two years, Ntando received an automatic entry to the 2016 IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport) World Under-23 Games that took place in July in Czech Republic’s beautiful city of Prague.
With his entry sorted, all Ntando now needed was to actually get to Prague. Having collaborated with Jumping Kids before, GibConsult decided to get involved.
“We believe in giving back. Partnering with Jumping Kids over the last few years has given us the opportunity to assist children, like Ntando, to access something we take for granted every day – the ability to walk, get active, participate in sport, and attend mainstream education,” says GibConsult managing director, Stefan Műller. “Ntando and I have an agreement. He will stick to the short distances and not compete against me in ultramarathons”, Stefan added.
By sponsoring Ntando’s travels to and from the Games, GibConsult assisted him to do what he does best, excel on the athletics track.
Ntando started his IWAS campaign with 25.88 second result for gold in the 200 meter race and followed that with gold, and new World Record (2:06.70) in the 800 meter event.
Then, chasing his own 400m T42 time, Ntando dashed to the finish in 52.61 seconds for an even better world mark. He added another gold in the 100 meter item, as well as the Best Athlete of the Games award, to wrap things up in Prague.
“We are so proud of Ntando and would like to thank GibConsult for helping to make his dream a reality. He is proof that, with access to the correct equipment, rehabilitation, and a solid support system, there is no limit to what children living with leg amputations can achieve,” says Michael Stevens from Jumping Kids.
Ntando will be representing South Africa at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September.
Getting Ntando to Paralympic Games in Rio
Paralympic athletes Mpumelelo Mhlongo and Ntando Mahlangu from the Jumping Kids foundation discussing strategies with Stefan Müller.
A challenge to give mobility to children
At the beginning of October 2014 Stefan Müller participated in a 1250 km relay run with his team from his running club from Centurion in Gauteng to Laingsburg in the Northern Cape, and then completed the 80 km Karoo Ultra Marathon with 21 members of his athletics club to raise funds for Jumping Kids. Two Jumping Kids beneficiaries, Bongani Mahlangu(18) and Ntando Mahlangu(13), joined the runners on their way to Laingsburg. The kids have a determination and passion for life that is inspirational. Then Stefan Müller, Managing Director of GibConsult South Africa decided to raise funds once again.
With a few days left before the start of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a 7 day multi-stage self-sufficiency race
over 250km taking place the first week in November 2014, a letter was sent out to clients, suppliers and partners challenging
them to support Jumping Kids, as GibConsult did, while Stefan is running the extreme marathon for the kids. As healthy people
who can walk, run or participate in any sport because we have the ability to do so, the gift of mobility should go to those children
without legs by making a donation to Jumping Kids. Specifically during the festive season this would be a gift of goodwill and
thank you that we lead normal healthy lives.
Jumping Kids is a non-profit organisation that facilitates access to the latest technology prosthetic solutions for children without legs. In doing so, the children get the chance to run, jump, get active and participate in sport.
Our clients and suppliers took up the challenge and donated amply. The total amount raised will help to aid the kids to gain mobility, get the necessary rehabilitation and counselling and ensure that they have the best chance for continued optimal development.