10,000 Metre Great Peaks Challenge

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Hiking, running, climbing, and possibly even sleeping for student access!

South Africa has the highest youth unemployment rate amongst the G20 nations, with 64% of youth between the ages of 18 and 24 not having any form of employment.

Nelson Mandela understood that the employed youth could make South Africa a prosperous nation, “The working youth is critical to our future. The economy depends on you. With your hard work and efforts at improving your skills, you can make ours one of the most prosperous nations in the world.”

He also understood, that one of the clearest ways to breaking down the barriers to work was to educate the youth, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

In March 2020 I took a bold step in defining my own career, launching Saltwater Consulting – when I started my business, I knew that success in the business was not just about making my own dreams come true but also to build a vehicle of change for the young people of South Africa. My success would be their success. I set out a plan that created a milestone of when I could set aside a portion of my operating profits to be donated into a bursary fund that will open access to education at Stellenbosch University.

I was fortunate to reach that milestone towards the end of 2021 and in 2022 the first donation was made in support of a student studying a postgraduate level degree in Data Science through the School of Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University.

 

Why specifically support Data Science? The School for Data Science and Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University is training young South Africans with the ability to enhance South Africa’s competitiveness in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is in this field that the highest yield in employment amongst the youth will be achieved.

Hi, I am Allan Boyle from Saltwater Consulting in Dublin, Ireland, and I will hike/climb several great peaks during the year to reach a collective 10,000 metres. 

I am inviting partners, families, and friends to join me in the pursuit of widening access to education in South Africa at Stellenbosch University by donating to this bursary fund by sponsoring me for every metre I climb. 

Throughout this year I will be embarking on various personal challenges to raise awareness about the plight of youth unemployment in South Africa and now you can partner with me in supporting students at Stellenbosch University to gain the right skills so that they can enter the workplace and make a difference.

Allan Boyle

So join me and lets raise €10,000 in 2023 and make a difference. *I commit to matching the first €5,000 raised € for €.

The 10 Great Peaks: 

  1. Ben Nevis, Highest peak in UK & Ireland – 1345m –  Completed 4th March 2023
  2. Carrauntoohil – Highest peak in Munster & Ireland – 1038m – Completed 17th March 2023
  3. Lugnaquilla – Highest peak in Leinster, Ireland – 925m – Planned for 2nd April 2023
  4. Slieve Donard – Highest peak in Ulster, Northern Ireland – 850m – Planned for 30th April 2023. 
  5. Mweelrea – Highest peak in Connacht, Ireland – 814m
  6. Croagh Patrick ‘the Reek’ – Connacht, Ireland – 764m
  7. Snowdon – Highest peak in Caernarfonshire, Wales – 1085m
  8. Scafell Pike – Highest peak in Cumbria, England – 978m
  9. Table Mountain, Western Cape, South Africa – 1086m
  10. Somerset Sneeukop – Stellenbosch, South Africa – 1590m

Ben Nevis (1345m) - Completed 4th MArch 2023

Carrauntoohil (1038m) - Completed 17th March 2023