The Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy
The Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy changes the lives of talented youths in KwaZulu Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills, one of South Africa’s most impoverished and socially challenged regions. Multi-sports champion, Martin Dreyer established the Academy in 2008 and has trained members to become champion canoeists and coaches.
Martin has also extended the academy’s reach to greater numbers of children in the valley by introducing a school running league and a high performance mountain biking team.
Nemato Change a Life
Nemato Change a Life was established by Jan Blom as the Nelson Mandela Township (Nemato) Rowing Club in 2005. Initially it focused on teaching township youths to swim and row in the Kowie River. Over the years, the club expanded its development programme to include other sporting codes, daily homework classes, a feeding scheme and the development of further education and employment opportunities for its athletes. Change a Life supports the club’s youth empowerment and education project, including an early childhood development centre.