Bubbles and Grog – and the winner is…

26 June 2012

Okay, okay I’m sorry to have delayed the draw – I wanted to give as many of you a chance to “tata your chance” by paying up. There are still a number of people who have not yet paid their pledges – please make payment if you still want to so that I can wrap up this exercise and get the money to the people who need it.

The banking details are:

Investec – Grayston Branch Code 580105

Acc number 10011077125

Acc holder DBD Jones

REF: “YourName KYP”

The total pledged stands at R205 000! I cannot believe that we have breached this level and once again offer my humble thanks to everyone who contributed.

Now for the exciting news – the winners of the lucky draws are:

Bottle of Veuve Cliquot Wynne Westaway

Chivas Regal Gift Pack Craig and Lauren Kennedy

I will personally deliver your prizes to you; well done and thank you again for your support.

That’s it for now. As always, thanks for reading this and for your support. It’s still not too late to make a donation if you still want to.


8 June 2012

I have been both inspired and humbled by the generosity of my friends. Words cannot properly express my emotions at this point. The race is done and the pain will fade, but your kindness and support will remain forever. Thank you.

I have been dreading writing this update, because I failed in what I thought was my primary goal, the achievement of a silver medal – I finished the race in 7h56, not even close to the 7h30 target. The honest truth is that I am shattered – frustrated, disappointed and generally confused – by what happened last Sunday. I had a perfect build up to the day, did the hard yards in training and felt good on the morning. The truth is that I couldn’t get it done and have no excuses.

A couple of days’ perspective has lead me to the understanding that, in fact, Sunday was about way more than my finishing time:

· Firstly and most importantly, together we raised more than R170 000, and we are not done – it is not too late to make a contribution!

· Then, I had the privilege of running this incredible race, something so few people will ever get to experience.

· And finally I made some lifelong friends along the way; to Brad and Dave, for whom I have the utmost respect as people and runners, congratulations on achieving your silvers. It could not have happened to two nicer or more deserving guys. Iano and Lauren, we know a little more about what’s required and I remain steadfast in my determination to wrap my sweaty hand around one in the future. Geoff, to have you come all the way to support me meant so much, and then you had to watch me tank! Thank you all for sharing your journey with me.

In reality, though, this was never about me, or Comrades, it was about the youth of Kliptown. And boy, do they have their “gold”, thanks to you!


So now is the time to make good on your pledge; if you haven’t already paid (and thanks to all who have) please transfer the funds into this account:

Investec – Grayston Branch Code 580105

Acc number 10011077125

Acc holder DBD Jones

REF: “YourName KYP”

Please don’t forget the reference, I need it to track things.

S18A Certificates

Each and every person who makes a payment will receive a S18A receipt in their name, for the amount paid. You can use this to claim a tax deduction.

The Library

I have some ideas for the design of the Mobile Library and can’t wait for you all to see the final version. Sneak peak: if you make a donation, you will be featured!

The Bubbles and Grog

I will be doing the draw for the Veuve Cliquot and Chivas next Saturday (June 16). You have to have made payment by Friday, June 15 in order to participate. Remember, each R100 donated gets you one ticket!

Thank you again for your time, your emotional and financial support and for your encouragement in this journey. It truly has been a privilege.



30 May 2012 (4 days to go)

Well, there are only 4 days to go and the training is officially done after tonight’s gentle trot. Part I of the plan is done, and done well, and now all that remains is to execute Part II: run my guts out between ‘Maritzburg and Durban on Sunday! Sounds pretty simple, really!

Who are KYP and why should we care?

I thought you might want to know a little more about the Kliptown Youth Program. KYP’s mission is to eradicate the poverty of mind, body, and soul and to fight against the disadvantages imposed on the children of Kliptown, by providing educational support and after school activities. It seeks to develop young and dynamic individuals who are willing to contribute effectively for the betterment of their community. Read more at www.kliptownyouthprogram.org.


I am delighted to tell you that we have breached the R120 000 mark through your ongoing generosity. I believe that R200 000 is now within reach. This will mean that we will be able to buy more than one library!

The Travelling Library themselves have committed an additional R100 worth of books for every kilometer I run on Sunday – that’s R8 928 worth of books for the KYP library!

I have agreed with Wildlands to cap their receipt to R15 000, which is more than either they or I anticipated they would get, meaning there is more than R105 000 going straight to KYP

I am still hoping to sell the CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP rights – branding, naming, etc. on the unit. There’s been interest, but still nothing confirmed yet. I am confident that we can accommodate up to 4 different CORPORATE SPONSORS, each with their own branded Travelling Library. KYP’s needs are such that we will not run out of

Don’t forget that each R100 contributed earns an entry into the draw to win one of a bottle of Veuve Cliquot or a Chivas Regal 12YO gift pack.

Tracking your runner on the day

You can track runners in one of 3 ways:

1. Online via the Comrades Website. Here you can enter up to 10 numbers and you can then watch their progress throughout the day.

2. SMS the race number to 38132 and you will receive 5 messages throughout the day, tracking the runners progress. This costs R10.00 per runner (one race number per SMS)

3. Online Video Streaming. You can watch the race live on the Web by logging onto the race website

My race number is 41774.

All the best


PS Please follow me on Twitter: @dougbjones. Trending on #helpmehelpKYP.


25 May 2012 (9 days to go)

Hi again,

Since there’s only 9 days to go to the big race I thought you might be interested in an update. So far in training I’ve run 1 871kms since 1 Jan and worn through 3 new pairs of shoes. I feel great and can’t wait for the big day, but am pretty grumpy around sick people right now!

I am delighted to tell you that together we’ve pledged just over R90 000 for this wonderful cause and words cannot describe how grateful I am for the pledges and donations received so far – your generosity is amazing, thank you. If you haven’t yet made a pledge, it’s never too late. We’ve smashed through our original target and I am confident we can get past R150 000. I will account to all of you that donate on how we finally allocate the funds, and each of you will receive a S18A receipt in your name.

There are quite a number of people who have placed an additional amount on my achieving a silver medal, and I will gratefully accept that challenge. It’s not like I need any more motivation, but I am happy to do my bit.

I am still looking for a CORPORATE SPONSOR to buy the branding rights on Travelling Library. Your company will get full exposure from this fantastic initiative, as well as naming rights for the project. Please don’t be shy in forwarding this to anyone or any business you think might be interested – I’m calling all pockets on this project and so far the response has been amazing. So far we’ve had pretty good coverage via email, Comrades themselves and on Twitter (follow me on @dougbjones and we’re trending on #helpmehelpKYP).

EXCITING NEWS – FRENCH CHAMPAGNE TO GO – I have a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne to give away, as well as a limited edition Chivas Regal gift pack consisting of a bottle of the good stuff (12 YO) and some glasses. Each R100 gets you a ticket to the draw (R1 000 for corporates), and everyone who’s made a pledge to date is already entered!

More updates to follow. (Sorry, there’s no unsubscribe option, so you have to suffer through them!)



3 May 2012 (30 days to go)

Hi there,

As you probably know, I am training for my 5th Comrades. I will run 90km between Pietermaritzburg and Durban as part of what they call “The Ultimate Human Race”. It is a tough event but certainly something that anyone can do with a reasonable amount of determination and commitment. I am keenly aware that this is a very selfish endeavor and that it is only by the grace of those around me that it is possible for me to indulge my dreams.

When I ran my first Comrades you helped me raise funds, and together we made a very real difference in the lives of some children who will most probably never be able to run. Mthimkulu Stimulation Centre in Soweto cares for a number of physically handicapped children, and together we helped in a small way. I have not tried to raise money since that run, in 2008.

(There’s a point to this mail, so please keep reading.)

I recently met a couple of young leaders, Thando Bezana and Monwa Baleni, who together with some of their teenage mates, started the Kliptown Youth Project in 2007. KYP is a non-profit organization that offers free after school tutoring and personal development to the disadvantaged children of Kliptown. Today they impact the lives of nearly 400 children within the tutoring program, and also provide one balanced meal per day for each child. If they had the means, there are more than a 1 000 kids that would benefit.

Kliptown, the oldest residential district of Soweto, is home to around 44 000 people. There are about 50 taps with clean running water. For 44 000 people. That’s not a typo. There’s a KYP profile attached to this mail. Take a moment to read it, please.

Like you and me, KYP values integrity, passion, commitment, and professionalism (they are a registered NPO and subject themselves to an annual audit, for example!) Unlike most of us, they live their values every day despite enormous challenges. We have a chance to help them inspire hope, alleviate poverty on a sustainable basis and make a real difference to the children of poverty. To be able to do this through a sport is a privilege.

I’d like to help Thando and Monwa and their team in their mission. Specifically, they are building a library and I would like to buy them books to fill it. Andre Venter from The Travelling Library, and their outreach program Masixhasane, has committed a R20 000 donation towards the purchase of a lockable library cabinet that contains 800 high quality books (I’ve checked them myself!) and a multimedia centre consisting of a TV and 3 computers. (See http://www.masixhasane.co.za/downloads/Masixhasane_Brochure.pdf)


My invitation to you is to support me by sponsoring me in my Comrades run. No amount is too small (or too large!)

Please follow me on Twitter @dougbjones and #plan2012 or #helpmehelpKYP.

Our target is R80 000 for KYP, and I am sure that we can get there. I have committed to allocating 50% of any excess above R80 000 to Wildlands’ Green Champ fund, in support of the Wildlands Green-preneur projects. Please visit http://www.wildlands.co.za/our-work/what-we-do/green-preneurship for more on these very, very worthwhile projects.

If you’d like to help these guys, please reply to this email with the amount you’d like to pledge. I can arrange for S18 tax invoices for any corporates or individuals that require one. If you’d like to make your deposit now, banking details are:

Investec – Grayston Branch Code 580105

Acc number 10011077125

Acc holder DBD Jones

REF: “YourName KYP”

…and I understand if you’d prefer to wait until I stagger in to Durban on June 3rd before putting your hand in your pocket!

Thanks for taking the time to read this mail. I value your support and look forward to sharing with you our progress.

Finally, please be assured that I will not be offended if you choose not to support me. I know there are an enormous number of similar requests and not all can be granted.



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