Counting Down – 45 Days to the Start of the Last Desert Race in Antarctica

Another Run in Cape Town, SA Innovation Summit and #Hashtag Radio Interview…

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Greetings from Cape Town.

I started the day with a nice early morning run in Sea Point.

Thereafter, I attended Day 2 of the 7th SA Innovation Summit at the Cape Town Stadium. As with the first day, I once again attended the “The Pitching Den” where various entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, etc. “pitched” their ideas and innovations to a panel of judges and the audience in general.

The winners of the “Pitching Den” and “Inventors Garage” were announced in the final plenary session of the day. Clear Sky Energy by Mark Booth was the “Pitching Den” winner, while the “Repurpose School Bags” by Thato Kgatlhanye won the “Inventors Garage” competition.

The SA Innovation Summit is a fairly unique event and, in a country where we don’t have enough entrepreneurs or initiatives aimed at nurturing new and aspiring entrepreneurs, will hopefully continue to grow from strength to strength in future.

I ended the day with an interview with Danielle Buisé of #Hashtag Radio about the Last Desert Race in Antarctica and my campaign to raise R250 000 in support of a Greenpeace Africa solar energy project.


Other than discussing various general issues about the race and the solar energy project, Danielle was very interested in better understanding the role of extreme sports events, such as the Last Desert Race, as mechanisms for raising awareness and funding for good causes. In addition, we also discussed Greenpeace’s unique approach to fundraising whereby it only accepts donations from individuals and not companies and other institutions.

I will dedicate one of my future daily blogs to these issues.


I’m excited about the race in Antarctica and the challenge of raising R250 000 for Greenpeace Africa, and encourage you to support my efforts and the work of Greenpeace Africa!

Please make a donation and encourage others to do the same.

“Together we can make a difference!”

Follow updates about my preparations for The Last Desert Race, and work with Greenpeace Africa, on Facebook and Twitter, my daily blog, and via Greenpeace Africa’s  various online platforms.


About David Barnard

This blog site covers my runs through the deserts of the world in support of social causes and campaigns dedicated to development issues in Africa. My next run is the 250km Big Red Run in Australia from 24-29 June 2017 in support of the Hippo Water Roller.
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