We wish to dare and inspire the dare in you… great is the outcome whether the fall or the rise; it is victory.

‘’It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat’’

Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

Inspire The Runner

We at Southern Lodestar identify individuals who have a passion and inherent call to run Ultra Marathons. We wish to support these individuals and ignite inspiration to do better and go to greater heights so they in turn can inspire.

Matt Dove has put together a dedicated team of coaches to train and support our candidates.

As founders of the Foundation, we ourselves are passionate about Ultra Marathons and wish to run the journey with our candidates to inspire the champion in them.

Our runners run not only to achieve victory for themselves, but more importantly, to carry the message of hope to the children whom the foundation supports through education and nutrition. Our Runners bring much needed awareness to Vitamin A Deficiencies amongst our communities.

Inspire nutrition

The Southern Lodestar Foundation places great value on the fortification and enrichment of food within communities. Primary focus is on Vitamin A Deficiency.

Most African Communities rely on a monotonous daily diet of cereals or tubers. Even when available in adequate quantities, these inexpensive foods cannot fulfil human nutritional requirements to maintain health and proper growth or enable optimal performance and productivity. These starchy staples may satisfy hunger pangs, but they do not offer adequate vitamins, minerals. The levels of micronutrients that these foods offer are low or they may not be available in a form that the body can use.

Protecting children and adults during vulnerable periods of life involves a complementary range of interventions to provide foods with higher nutrient density.

Southern Lodestar Foundation, with its partners, focus on Vitamin enriched foods that can be accessible by those that need it most.

Our A Plus products and Blends are supplied to schools our foundation has adopted.

Inspire education

Our 3 areas of focus within the community impact many and inspire quality of life. Our approach is based on the principle that our action not only has real impact on the well-being of individuals but educates and, in turn, inspires others into action to educate.

Each of the following interventions can play a crucial role in a comprehensive strategy:

  • Educating communities on food options, and to support the necessary changes in behaviour. The foundation has developed a Food Index - a food basket that will address nutritional needs. This index is shared at schools and relevant running events where parents and children can learn more.
  • Southern Lodestar Foundation provides A Plus foods, including sugar, maize and dairy to our adopted schools. In addition, the accessibility of such foods are made possible to communities who need it most.
  • Fitness in health through running - our champion runners assist the foundation by visiting our adopted schools to share the benefits of a healthy and balanced life style.  Running events play a role in bringing communities together and to share our message.


Inspire sustainability

Many African countries have regulations in place making it mandatory for basic foods to be fortified with Vitamin A.

The Southern Lodestar Foundation assists the relevant Ministries in some of these countries with the assessment and effectiveness of such programs.

Countries in which Southern Lodestar Foundation is present includes Malawi; Zimbabwe; Mozambique and South Africa.

Support includes:

  • Focus on building capacity within the laboratories related to the analysis of  the products, including Vitamin A in sugar
  • Hardware and software developed to assist officials assess the impact and effectives of the Project on the well-being of the population
  • Hardware and software support to assist Customs officials at the various border controls to protect the integrity of the products
  • To create workshops which will advocate awareness and provide important information related to Nutrition, Health and Vitamin A fortification

our inspiration - ryan walker

Ryan Walker, farmer and ex-sharks rugby player is currently living with Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS).  He was diagnosed in August 2013 at the age of 35. Together with his family, and through the Ryan Walker Foundation, he wishes to create awareness about the disease and contribute where possible to the MND/ALS community.  Ryan is supported by Southern Lodestar Foundation who benefits from Ryan's amazing strength and inspiration as our truly heroic brand ambassador.


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Southern Lodestar: a star that is used to guide the course of a ship, especially the pole star.