DADS Charity

We are Dedicated Ambassadors Delivering Support to children in need (DADS)

Founded in 2005 with a very humble beginning, DADS Charity is a growing community making a difference. Born in cycling, our core mission is about doing what we love and using the resources available to us to make a difference to the people we support.

The focus is children and education through the four main charities we are connected to.

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HAVEN

CHOC

TDSAG

FULTON

WHY do we exist…

People don’t always support WHAT you do… they tend to connect more with WHY you do it. Our aim is to then always connect beyond that by highlighting the WHO.

By connecting our community with WHY we do what we do and for WHO – we are able to connect directly with the part of the brain that controls behaviour.

This is what being part of DADS is all about and we share a common purpose.

Founded in 2005 with a very humble beginning, DADS Charity is a growing brand & community making a difference. Born in cycling, our core mission is about doing what we love and using the resources available to us to make a difference in the lives of the people we support.

Our vision is in our name, being Dedicated Ambassadors Delivering Support to children in need.

The focus of our support is children and education through the 4 main charities we are currently connected to:

  • CHOC – Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa
  • TDSAG – The Down Syndrome Association of Gauteng
  • Kids Haven
  • Fulton School for the Deaf

The DADS community is connected through our WhatsApp group, Facebook page, Newsletters and various events. We raise support through time, money and things – connecting those who have to those who need it.

Not everyone has a budget to spend, but everyone is able to offer a skill, resource or a bit of their time to make a difference.

WHAT we do connects us, WHY we do it defines us and WHO we do it for inspires us to keep doing it. Anyone can be part of DADS Charity – get in touch with us today.

A little history…

In 2005, a group of fun-loving yet concerned dads got together and decided to try and make a difference to the lives of others, but at the same time, enjoying themselves and working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Hence began, The Dads Charity Challenge.

The idea was conceptualized in the only way possible – over a few beers one Saturday. The plan was to ride their bikes from Johannesburg to Durban and raise money for charity – with a first year target of R10 000! Not only did they sweat, pant and curse with every pedal stroke, but they also managed to raise R25 000 in aid of charity!

Since then, the group has raised in excess of R5 million in aid of our various charities and individuals. We were well aware that the global economic strain and donor fatigue has been tightening up many a purse string, but we are consistently dedicated to meeting our objective of raising an annual sum of R400,000.

The Durban Tour happens in October, from Johannesburg on the Wednesday leading up to the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Cycle Classic on the Sunday as our fifth and final day of our cycle tour.

While the Durban Tour has always been our main event, we have been actively involved in a number of other fundraising initiatives since the first Dads´ Ride, and we have hosted several dinners with the legendary Phil Liggett to boost our fundraising efforts, and other fun evenings like Quiz Nights and Comedy Nights and Golf Days.

In 2018 we relaunched our brand to DADS to embrace the support and participation of all genders and all ages to our collective efforts. True to our roots, we kept the name “dads” but changed it to an acronym.

DADS now stands for Dedicated Ambassadors Delivering Support … to children in need.

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HOW do you get involved…

Financial Support:

The clearly defined focus of DADS Charity allows us to connect with many CSI criteria of businesses. As a registered non-profit organisation, and BEE Certified Level 4, we are able to meet the requirements of most of this annually allocated spending.

Time and Community Support:

Not every member of the DADS community is able to allocate funds or join an event – which is why we value their time, ability and resources.

By having an understanding of what people have access to and clearly communicating the needs of what we do, we are able to create effective connections which result in immense support.

Our charities have ongoing needs, our tours and events have requirements and a lot of these are able to be met by the wonderful people in our community.

Wherever we are able to tick something off a list, we reduce the cost of making something happen, which allows us to allocate funds directly to the charities for the things we are not able to do for them.

One of the most valuable allocations we receive is time, but often one of the hardest things to do is show people where they can use it.

By connecting closer to those we support, we are able to build trusted relationships and gain information on where time is best allocated.

Event and Participation Support:

The main event is our Durban Tour which allows us to raise awareness and funds – while bringing our community together.

In the build-up to the tour, we have the opportunity of promoting our DADS brand to a large audience and interacting with many sponsors and those who support the tour.

Each member of the tour covers their costs to participate while raising a further R5000 through their personal and/or professional network.

For those who are not able to join the tour and ride with us to Durban, we welcome any support which goes to covering costs and increasing the fundraising ability of the event.

With thanks to our ongoing main partners – DHL, Lexus Fourways, Cronimet, and many more – we are able to maintain the high event standard we have set while raising a heart-warming amount of money each year.

In order to build the DADS brand, we encourage everyone to wear the DADS apparel at all cycling events.

We aim to expand this into other apparel so our brand can be seen in running and other sports.

Throughout the year we try where possible to promote and take part in the events of our charities by generating an event calendar.

By being part of DADS, any participation and support here is welcome.

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The Whole Story

Many of you will have heard about us. You might have seen us in one of your local newspapers, or you may have heard one of us being interviewed on the radio. Or you may have seen us sweating it out riding our bicycles down to Durban. We are the DADS Charity.

It all started in 2005 when a group of fun-loving, yet concerned, dads got together and decided to try and make a difference to the lives of others, but at the same time, enjoying ourselves and working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Hence, the concept of the Dads´ Charity Challenge.
The idea was conceptualized in the only way possible – over a few beers on a Saturday morning. The plan was to ride our bikes from Johannesburg to Durban and raise money for charity – our first year target – R10 000! Not only did we sweat, pant and curse with every pedal stroke, but we also managed to raise R25 000 in aid of charity!
Since then, the group has raised in excess of R5 million in aid of our various charities. We were well aware that the global economic meltdown has been tightening up many a purse string, but we are adamant to continue meeting our objective of raising an annual sum of R400,000.

Five days on a bike, cycling from Johannesburg to Durban?

Downhill all the way? Right! But it is not just our efforts on the bike that help raise the funds. Over and above that, we have been actively involved in a number of other fundraising initiatives since the first Dads´ Ride, and we have hosted several dinners with the legendary Phil Liggett to boost our fundraising efforts, and other fun evenings like Quiz Nights and Comedy Nights and Golf Days.
As far as our ride to Durban in October is concerned, we leave Johannesburg on the Wednesday leading up to the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Cycle Classic and arrive in Durban on the Sunday by taking part in the Amashova Durban Cycle Classic as out fifth and final day of our cycle tour.

In 2018 we relaunched our brand to DADS to embrace the support and participation of both moms and dads and others in general in our fundraising efforts. So to keep a sense of our origins, we kept the name “dads” but changed it to an acronym. DADS stands for Dedicated Ambassadors Delivering Support … to children in need.

Our request to you is that you become involved in our initiative by either riding the tour and raising donations or in the form of sponsorship of either a rider or the cycle tour. We have had some fantastic sponsors on board in the past, and they have gone a long way to making our dream the success that it deserves to be.
For more information, email info@dadscharity.co.za.

2020 would have been our 16th Cycle Tour but with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is uncertain at this stage whether we will be able to hold the tour in October.  However, that does not stop us from trying to continue finding ways of raising the much-needed funds and support for our benefactors.  The first event we have launched is a Virtual Tour 01 May 2020 to 14 May 2020, in which entrants will try their best in accumulating the 680km on their stationary bikes within the 14day period and submitting their results. For more information on this and to enter, click here.