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.
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:
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.
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.