The SDN has following programmes and platforms:

  1. Networking – this platform enables NGOs access to workshops, conferences, information and other networks working together toward common sustainable development goals. The Network is established in a “pay it forward” manner. Our networks provide valuable feedback regarding capacity needs. Network partners are asked to donate an amount of time and/or resources to other network affiliates in order to share experiences and build capacity in the broader SD sector. The SDN provides relevant workshops, training and mentoring programmes to assist in meeting these capacity needs.
  2. Education and training - in South Africa, this programme provides training in financial management, social enterprise development, fundraising and resource mobilisation, PR, media and marketing, creative facilitation methodologies, sustainable service delivery and more, for non-profit organisations and govenrment (see our Resources section).
  3. One Heart - this programme aims to equip children and youth through the provision of fun, interactive, tested curriculum; after school activities such as trail running, leadership development, and peer to peer learning. The programme also provides mentorship and coaching for at-risk youth.


In South Africa trail running provides many opportunities for adults but does not cater for kids on the same level. One Heart TrailBusters develops kids in trail running and instils a culture and love for the outdoors. The aim is to reach children aged 4-13 and to see our youth discover the joy of running at grassroots level. In today’s society children are introduced to running in a very competitive environment. If a learner is not the best in his or her school, he or she is often not motivated to participate.

TrailBusters’ purpose is to inspire every child to believe that he or she can conquer any trial: to help them realise that it’s not about performance, but about enjoying the sport as well as owning a healthy body and a sound mind - mens sana in corpore sano. TrailBusters believes that all children can run and everyone is a winner. The main focus is on ensuring that every child’s personal goals are reached. We have seen that children can overcome personal obstacles in their lives by finishing a race.

The plan is to keep hosting fun trail running events where children discover for themselves the beauty and excitement of a single track.

Developing healthy habits starts at a young age. Let’s help children discover the joy of running and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle as early as possible!


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