Charities and Sponsors


Operation Smile South Africa

Our Cause: Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.

Bram Fischer Trust

The Bram Fischer Trust, launched by Nelson Mandela endeavours to raise funds to enable boys who would otherwise not be able to afford it, to indeed attend Grey College.

The Children’s Hospital Trust

The Children’s Hospital Trust is the independent fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. It contributes substantially to quality health care for children who suffer illness, disease and disability.

The Just The One Foundation

The Just The One Foundation is a Non Profit Organisation with the singular focus of providing education to underprivileged young South Africans.


Hospitals are places of pain and loss, but also of healing and hope. HospiVision provides spiritual care, counselling, educational and trauma support to children and their families in health crisis.

Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme 

Ikhaya le Themba (ILT) is a faith-based NPO (046-634) established in 2003, with our primary focus being Community and Enterprise Development services to vulnerable children and families in Khayelitsha. Together with Ripple Effect Swim School we have developed the Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme.

The programme started with the vision to see communities positively impacted through the personal development of school children, by engaging with them in swimming activities; and to see the growth of swimming as a competitive sport within South Africa. This programme is facilitated by Carol Esterhuizen from Ripple Effect Swim School.  Since April 2016, Carol has trained 25 Pre-primary children in Khayelitsha at the Blue Downs swimming school.

The mission of the Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme is to improve the self-confidence of school children by teaching them the skill of swimming, increasing their water safety skills and exposing them to competitive swimming opportunities.

Arabella Polkinghorne Leadership Programme

11 year old Bella Polkinghorne has been suffering from Anorexia for over a year and no clinic in South Africa will treat children under the age of 14. She has to receive specialised treatment in Utah, USA and the medical and travelling costs are extensive. As a result friends, family and the Highway community has joined forces to raise money to cover these costs.

Guild Cottage

Guild Cottage started in 1907 as a home for orphaned children and has evolved into South Afria’s only specialist residential treatment centre for sexually abused and traumatised children.

Using international best practice, Guild Cottage now leads the way in developing remedial programmes that are giving sexually abused children a second chance for full rehabilitation and recovery

Miles for Mercia

Miles for Mercia was started in 2013 as a ‘paying it forward’ initiative in aid of cerebral palsied individuals.


With ORT SA CAPE’s diverse educational expertise, we enrich education in impoverished schools and communities focusing on critical educational challenges in Technology, Mathematics and Literacy.


Amongst other, SAVF renders welfare services related to child and youth care, statutory work, foster care and care in children’s homes. We have a dedicated focus on developmental and life enhancement programmes for children.

The Seal Swimming Trust

The SEAL Trust identifies disadvantaged swimmers and swimming programmes and provides sustainable support in an attempt to nurture and promote new talent and to help bring swimming to disadvantaged communities.


The Waehuiskrans/Arniston Community Development Trust (WACDT) supports local economic development that includes support towards tertiary education for promising learners who can’t afford to study further.

Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun has a hybrid model (NPO and Social Enterprise) which is dedicated to the eradication of poverty by caring for vulnerable children in townships through their cradle-to-career approach. It runs programmes that address the various needs of township children and youth with the end goal being their successful placement in careers or tertiary learning facilities.

Ikamva Labantu

The Fuel2Grow campaign is driven by Ikamva Labantu and aims to provide holistic support to vulnerable schoolchildren in Cape Town’s townships. Your contribution can help us give these children the chance to grow into healthy, confident and active members of society. 

What your donation could mean for a child:

R15 for a nutritious meal
R115 per month for access to health screenings
R300 per month for enriching aftercare
R1000 for uniforms and stationery for the school year

We’ve been working in South Africa’s township communities for over 50 years 


NSRI WaterWise Academy

Saving Lives, Changing Lives:

Our WaterWise Academy Instructors prevent drowning tragedies through education. We teach children how to avoid danger in or near water, what to do in an emergency, who to call for help, how to do peer rescue and Hands On CPR. The interactive presentation is given on school premises at no charge.

We have taught over 1 300 000 children since 2006. Our 14 Instructors and 9 volunteer Instructors are based around the country and visit classrooms in needy communities.


Without the help of our sponsors mentioned below our swims would not be possible. Thank you! Contact us if your company is interested in sponsoring us. Madswimmer offers good brand exposure in return.


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Founded in 1967 and purchased by its current Directors in 1986, Export Trading Group owns and manages the most vertically integrated agriculture supply chain on the African subcontinent with operations spanning in procurement, processing, warehousing, distribution and merchandising. In addition to ETG’s presence in more than 30 African countries, it is actively present in North America, India, China and South East Asia.

By owning and managing the supply chain from start to finish, ETG is able to move agricultural commodities between regions, strategically matching one area’s market origination capabilities with market consumption patterns in another. Combined with the capacity to store commodities close to their point of origin for extended periods of time along with control over transport and logistics, the Group maximizes synergies and efficiencies at every stage of the value chain continuum.


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The Barak Fund advisors boast a cumulative 40 years experience in trading, international banking and private equity investment in Africa. All have specialist expertise and proven track records in the agricultural and commodities sector, developed at a variety of world class Global and South African institutions.

The Barak Structured Trade Finance Fund provides bespoke financial products to businesses, trader and entrepreneurs across the African Continent. We believe that for Africa to continue to grow at the current pace, all entities with good business models should be provided with a financial solution that is right for them, irrespective of the size of the business.


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Riparian Commodities (Pty) Ltd is a South-African based company that provides investment advice. Riparian is a specialist financial services brand in the Commodity value chain with a strong bias towards Agriculture. Our business offering are built around three pillars – Trade and Finance, Investments, Advisory.


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RFIB is an independent international insurance and reinsurance broker and is majority owned by management and staff. From our headquarters in the heart of the City of London’s insurance sector and seven offices in major international centres, RFIB provides excellent service across its specialist lines of business. We provide focused, effective and bespoke solutions for our clients. We access a diversified book of business in significant developing economies and are renowned as a producer of innovative, profitable and specialist business to the London and international markets.


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Global Trade Review (GTR) is the world’s leading news source, publisher and event organiser for the global trade finance industry.


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EFA Group is an independent specialty finance house offering investment opportunities across the capital structure spectrum, with a focus on real economy businesses. Established in 2003 in Singapore, the Group has since expanded in size and capabilities, and now employs over 50 personnel between its offices in Singapore, Geneva, Dubai, Istanbul and London. At EFA Group, we set ourselves apart through our relationship-based approach: our deep understanding and close working ties with our investors and portfolio of borrowers is the cornerstone of our success. By providing solutions and services always based on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, we create consistent value and sustainable performance for our investors.


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Global Collateral Control Pty Ltd (GCC) was established in 2006 following years of market research focused on the Collateral Management and related services industry in Sub Saharan and East Africa. The results of the study indicated that services were typically performed by multi-national companies resulted in increased turnaround times with exorbitant costs; and an absence of a credible African service provider.

The opportunity was thus seized by the founding shareholders and today GCC has a recognized presence in the region encompassing South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.


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NMB was established in 1987 as a niche energy broker and has expanded over the years into the marine, non-marine and reinsurance disciplines. We have established a reputation for professionalism and service delivery in our chosen fields. We believe in specialist focus, motivation, relationships and sheer hard work.

During our lifetime, we have grown organically, providing continuity and expertise in our specialist areas. We are proud to have clients who have been with us since our formation. Our philosophy is to foster and build long-term relationships using balanced service teams that do not change from year to year. We believe this is an attractive model for clients who want bespoke insurance, independent thought, unbiased advice, personal commitment and consistent service from dedicated people.


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BHL is a dynamic entity currently offering total logistical solutions within Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa with the norm of business currently conducted in but not limited to Zambia, DRC and Namibia. We are renowned for our ability to bring Logistical Management Methodologies to greater heights through our experience. Our mission is clear, to provide you with optimal Transport and logistical solutions throughout Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa, by combining loads when possible, ensuring that the vehicles for your product is optimally utilized and maintaining all stock levels on a weekly, monthly basis.


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We supply whole sale satellite services and equipment to the public. Our rentals are the most affordable by far. Our services and equipment include: Satellite phone rentals and purchases, Isat HUB wifi-hotspot, Isat HUB air time, Iridium Go wifi-hotspot, Iridium Go air time, Bgan, Vsat. Call us on 011 – 314 8022


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ER Consulting Inc. manages emergency units nationally in 22 private hospitals, treating in excess of 30 000 patients every month. With a full time doctor compliment of 75 and a part time accredited locum pool of over 200 doctors, ER Consulting Inc. is the largest provider of consultative emergency medical services in the private sector on the African continent. Ten years later ER Consulting Inc. is now the leading independent emergency unit management company in South Africa operating emergency units in Mediclinic, Netcare, Life Healthcare and Lenmed Hospital Groups.


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We specialise in organising mountain & trekking logistics and guided mountaineering expeditions worldwide.

Also a big thank you to Shivani Naaidoo of SSEM Mthembu Medical who loaned us an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to take along on the Madswimmer Mt-Ojos trip. An AED is a device that can deliver a shock to a fibrillating heart. i.e. shock a patient out of cardiac arrest. It could be life saving in high-risk events like the Mt Ojos trip.



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