David Barnard, executive director of Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), taking fundraising to a new level as he competes in the Sahara Race from 2 to 8 October 2011 in Egypt to raise money for South African NGOs.

The Sahara Race is a seven-day, six-stage, 250km footrace across the hottest desert in the world, with average daily temperatures expected to reach 50°C. It is an extreme human challenge and participants must carry their own food and equipment for the duration of the race.

Barnard is participating in the Sahara Race as part of the 2011 SANGONeT “No Pain No Gain” fundraising campaign.

The objectives of the 2011 “No Pain No Gain” campaign are two-fold. Firstly, it raises money for SANGONeT in support of expanding key services for the NGO sector such as the NGO Pulse Portal,the Prodder NGO Directoryand the SANGOTeCH technology donation portal. Secondly, it raises money and awareness in support for four other NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa, including the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Starfish Greathearts Foundation and SCORE.

The campaign will also raise awareness about the work of TechSoup Global in Africa.

“The aim of the “No Pain No Gain” fundraising campaign is to raise at least R1-million, which will be shared equally between the participating organisations,” says Barnard.