CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE.

The #NoExcuse campaign was started by Carling Black Label in 2017 and FAN was tasked by ABInBev in 2018 with the on-the-ground roll-out of the movement to communities around South Africa. Working closely wth CBL we developed a multi-pronged strategy to maximise the effectiveness of the #NoExcuse messaging across the nation. Called the Champions for Change programme it focusses on transforming men and equipping and inspiring them to use their strength to love, serve, protect and provide. The programme continues to evolve as we take on board the response of communities and participants. Some of the key elements are: Champ Camps, Champion Conversations, TVET Workshops, Soccer Tournaments, Tavern and Community events.

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Champ Camp, Harrismith (FS)

1-3 November 2019 | Attendees: 90 | Arriving at the beautiful Platberg Eco Park just outside Harrismith on Friday night the group displayed a mix of anxiety and scepticism but by early Saturday morning were fully committed and engaged with the process.

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Soccer Event, Alex

24 September 2019 | Attendees: 1600 | On a bustling Alexandra township Saturday morning 61 of 80 teams that had signed up arrived to play ball in this six-a-side FAN #NoExcuse Soccer tournament.

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Champ Camp, Sedgefield

13-15 September 2019 | Attendees: 41 | The camp was held at Willowpoint, the lush and scenic headquarters of Outward Bound South Africa. As the weekend progressed the men’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of the process grew.

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Champ Camp, Limpopo

23-25 August 2019 | Attendees: 90 | This Champ Camp was held in the closing weeks of winter at the stunning Lapa Lala Wilderness reserve famous for its success in Rhino conservation. Participants ranged in age from 25 to 83 and included two men with disabilities. We were immediately impressed by their level of passion, humility and engagement.

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Soccer Event, Kimberley

10 August 2019 | Attendees: 1000 | On a dusty winter’s morning 56 of 80 teams that had committed arrived to compete in this six-a-side soccer tournament. Proceedings started with the customary #NoExcuse message delivered by FAN and the players standing to take the pledge.

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Alex Men’s March

9 August 2019 | Attendees: 900+ | The Takuwani Riime Foundation (formerly the Alex men’s forum) approached us with the idea of a men’s march through Alex on women’s day to pledge the support of men for women. They did an outstanding job of organising the event and pulled together all the relevant organisations and officials to make it happen.

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Soccer Event, Durban

27 July 2019 | Attendees: 1600 | 81 teams arrived on a clear winter day at Westville Old Boys Sport Club to compete in the #NoExcuse soccer event. The round robin and knockout games were played in great spirit, helped in no small way by a group of cheerleaders who performed throughout the day.

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Alex Champion Conversations

July 2019 - Date | Attendees: 2377+ | The Alex Champion Conversations has been a stand-out success story. 10 mentors from Alex were selected and taken through a training programme to equip them to facilitate conversations with groups of men from their communities.

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Primary School Father’s Meeting, Alex

13 July 2019 | Attendees: 45 | The principal of Iphutheng Primary School approached the Alex Men’s Forum and FAN to address fathers and male guardians. He was concerned about the lack of involvement of male parents in their children’s lives and wanted to expose the fathers in the school to the #NoExcuse message and provide them with training on authentic masculinity.

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Meeting with Izindunas, Alex

6 July 2019 | Forty men gathered at the Alex Library on Saturday morning, 6 July, at the request of five Izindunas partnering with the Alex men’s forum. Izinduna is a Zulu word which means leader or advisor. Izinduna were advisors to the chiefs and kings and are highly regarded.

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Alex Mentor Camp

21-23 June 2019 | We partnered with The Character Company (TCC) to take the 10 mentors we selected from Alex through a 3-day, 2-night experiential training programme in the foothills of the Magaliesburg mountains.

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Alex Mentor Profiles

July - November 2019 | Meet the 'Lions of Alex' - 10 mentors selected and taken through a 3-day, 2-night training programme to equip them to facilitate conversations with groups of men from their communities.

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Alex Champ Camp, Parys

31 May - 2 June 2019 | Attendees: 89 | The Alexandra men’s Champ Camp took place on the banks of the Vaal River at the Takwasa Camp facility near Parys. The weekend culminated in a group pledge and the men left feeling inspired to go back to their communities as changed men to make a difference.

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Orbit TVET College, Rustenburg

23 May 2019 | Attendees: 350 | The Rustenburg campus is one of three Orbit TVET College campuses and has a student body of 3800. There was a very positive spirit at the workshop, with both male and female students engaged in conversations around healthy and unhealthy masculinity and femininity.

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Champ Camp, Hopetown

17-19 May 2019 | Attendees: 90 | Our first Champ Camp of the year was held on the banks of the Orange River just outside Hopetown at a campsite traditionally used by hunting groups in the winter months. The 90 participants were drawn from the surrounding communities and ranged in age from their early twenties to late fifties.