Leadership, Conscious Transformation, Paying it Forward & Igniting Opportunities for young South Africans that TSiBA & Gavin Shaskolsky have in common.- which they are both passionate about. Towards the realisation of the above Gavin will run the extremely challenging Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (The KEAM) in October 2016, and will do so to raise awareness and support for TSIBA.
For those who may not know:
The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficiency run of 250 Kilometers held over six legs in seven days with set distances for each day, ranging from 28km to 80km. Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event. Overnight shelter in camps, and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied. The event goes way beyond merely covering 250 kilometers in extreme conditions; it is a challenge to get past what normal people would regard as crazy, and achieve one’s personal goals. You can check it out on http://www.kaem.co.za/
Founded in 2004, TSiBA Education NPC is a unique private, not-for-profit business school whose mission to provide an education platform from which youth from poor communities can climb above the social circumstances in which they were raised. TSiBA is registered and fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education & Training as a private higher education institution. We currently serve almost five hundred students, all of who are on funded annual tuition-fee bursaries. You can check TSiBA out on www.tsiba.org.za
In addition to working as Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Mediator Gavin has been involved in volunteer Mentorship programmes and as an individual donor to TSiBA for over ten years. And now, since Gavin likes to take things to the extreme the opportunity to not only accomplish the challenge of the KAEM but to do so while supporting his passion for Igniting Opportunity, he will be dedicating the 2016 run to raising awareness of TSiBA Education and how people can get involved with this amazing institution.
Some Fast Facts about TSiBA:
- Awarded over 4 000 annual-tuition scholarships to students to study towards accredited TSiBA programmes.
- TSiBA students are young South Africans who for secondary school and financial reasons would not otherwise have had the opportunity to study at tertiary education level. Most TSiBA students are in fact first generation tertiary education students from their own families.
- 95% of TSiBA graduates are either employed or pursuing postgraduate studies versus the national average of 32%.
- 7 TSiBA graduates have been awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarships, the most prestigious scholarship for post-graduate study. In addition, TSiBA has produced 3 Kofi Annan Scholars and 4 Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellows.
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TSiBA has a thriving community of people who enable it to continue to ignite opportunity and to do its work at an urban campus in Cape Town and a rural campus in the Southern Cape. This work includes volunteer lecturers, students tutors and mentors who ‘Pay if Forward’ by giving of their time and expertise and people who support TSiBA financially.
In support of this project you can support Gavin and TSiBA by committing One Hour or a set amount for for every kilometre that Gavin completes in the 2016 Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon or any donation that you want to give. The set amount could be R1, R5 or R 10 – however much you can afford or are willing and able to donate. So, when Gavin completes the full 250 KEAM Challenge (which he will) TSiBA students will receive your time and/or financial support so that they can achieve their dreams and goals like Gavin.
For more information on how you can become involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Gavin is a strategic and results-focused Leadership Coach and Facilitator with extensive experience at executive and senior levels in business. He enjoys transforming and leveraging people capability and organisational potential and has coached and facilitated for over 14 years in over 30 countries across 5 continents. He has coached hundreds of business leaders across multiple industries including Tech, Financial services, Retail, Education, Health, Professional services and manufacturing. He holds B.Bus.Sci and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town, is an admitted Attorney of the High court of South Africa, has a Diploma in Life and Business Coaching through the Coaching Centre, is an international accredited Time to Think Coach and facilitator, International Microsoft accredited facilitator in Managing Transitions and has been trained in Process Work coaching and facilitation programmes (2006-2011).
Gavin is married with a daughter, Ruby. He lives in Cape Town South Africa, enjoys nature, music, ultra and trail running, surfing, reading and anything to do with personal development and learning. Gavin has also been involved in volunteer Mentorship programmes with TSiBA, the TSiBA Mankind Project, Ort Jet SA and Big Brother Big Sister SA. He is the team running coach at Century City Athletics Club as well as being a trustee/and chairman for the Vipassana Association of South Africa (2000-2016).