What do you get, when you put 40 South African educational institutions together in a social media virtual battle to win prizes worth R2 million and a cheque with a solid six zeros on it? Fierce competition, bubbles of day dreaming the vast possibilities that R1 million holds, while the rest hangs in the balance of a mass prayers going up to the heavens or in the hands of Lady Luck! Being in a competition that has revives your hope and belief that great things are still possible, particularly when money is involved.
The premise of the competition largely lies in the fact that everything is facilitated online and there is no hassle that normally comes with manual fundraising. Everything is efficient with the assistance of technology. There is a hybrid of prizes that competitors stand in line to win, depending on how active they are throughout the 6 month duration of the competition. The participating schools also gain a sense of camaraderie while they are in competition, as the Universities also get a share of the funds raised through collective voucher purchasing. Buying more vouchers means, you get more prizes, more fundraising is attained and your school builds up to the ladder until it is the number one fundraising institution in the country! It really doesn’t get any more dynamic than this!
The real Gem of this competition is the ultimate goal of raising funds for the Department of Sports in South Africa. Sports around the world is known for bringing people together and inspires all sorts of dreams. Evidence of that in South Africa is demonstrated through the transformation that sports has gone through, especially the symbolism of Rugby becoming more than a racial and cultural custom, but is breaking barriers in the African cultures, from previously and currently disadvantaged areas. The principle about sports, is that it is not just sports. It teaches one essential life skills and builds character traits that can be mindfully applied in the workplace, social scenarios and personal management, provided the individual is willing to learn.
GameOn defines healthy competition because it demonstrates that while there is a titled winner, nobody has anything to lose because you can’t put a price on experience of giving the little that you can to the development of another person. The competition is (in a way) inspiring the country to figure out ways on how to get the whole country in GameOn mode to make the most out of every situation so that there is a win-win result.
Go to www.gameoncompo.co.za to know more about the competition!