Driven by the ambition to tackle injustice and end gender-based violence in South Africa, Philippa Dods will be at the start line of the Ironman 70.3 Durban this Sunday the 2nd of June 2019.
She hopes to cross the finish line that day having raised R50 000 exclusively for Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust (RCCTT).
“I believe that crime against women and girls is not only a crime against humanity, but also the primary cause of disempowerment of women and the reason South Africa is being held back from reaching its full potential,” says Philippa.
In three short weeks, she has campaigned and raised over R30 000. “I’ve been blown away by everyone’s generosity. It really is heart-warming to know how many people are so passionate about being the change,” Dods says.
The campaign will close at midnight (SAST) on Sunday the 2nd of June. She aims to have raised R50 000 by then – with 100% of it going to RCCTT. She says, “Every single bit counts – no contribution is too small.”
RCCTT supports the recovery of rape survivors by seeking legal justice and creating change in communities. The Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) supports communities by helping victims of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence. The funds are needed to assist them in providing services such as crisis hotlines, community outreach and education, and victim advocacy especially regarding flaws in the criminal justice system.
Ironman 70.3 is a world-renowned series of long-distance triathlon races. The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.
Philippa Dods manages the Marketing operations for the African region of global media intelligence company, Meltwater. She also sits on the board of Future Females, an organization working to increase the number and success of female entrepreneurs around the world, and is a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, which is a network of youth driving dialogue, action and change in their communities.
An advocate for women empowerment, Philippa is also passionate about using business and technology for social change and is continuously working to achieve gender parity.
Philippa was nominated for Inspiring50 in 2018 – recognising South Africa’s most inspiring women – and nominated for Young Achiever of the Year and Influencer of the Year at the Top Empowerment Awards 2019. She is also an honouree of Seven Percent Tribe.
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