Mr Price Foundation is celebrating almost a decade of successful partnership with the SPAR Group on the JumpStart programme. SPAR is committed to our common goal of empowering underserved youth through the JumpStart programme; and sources much of their entry-level retail talent from the JumpStart pipeline.

SPAR has also partnered with us on our biggest fundraiser of the year: the JumpStart Challenge.

Brett Botten, SPAR Group CEO, said: “The partnership between the SPAR Group and Mr Price Foundation highlights the potential that resides among unemployed youth. By identifying this, we are able to contribute to alleviating South Africa’s massive unemployment problem. The JumpStart Challenge presents us all with the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.”

Karen Wells, head of Mr Price Foundation, is optimistic about this important partnership with SPAR. “The dynamic partnership with one of the country’s leading retailers means the foundation has more opportunity to provide young, unemployed South Africans with training, hence a better future.”

Due to Covid, the previous 606km, two-day cycle Ride for Mr Price Foundation evolved into a virtual event. Now rebranded as the JumpStart Challenge, the 2022 event offers virtual and physical options to walk/run or cycle from 12-20 March.

Funds raised will directly support JumpStart, which teaches matriculants foundational life skills and provides hands-on work experience in the entry-level retail environment. This bridges the gap between school and the world of work and helps youth enter the job market better prepared. This programme has trained 22 259 youth for retail frontline jobs since 2007, giving them the invaluable opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives.

The  Challenge can be tackled virtually anywhere in the world from 12-20 March, or at the big day at Holla Trails in Sugar Rush Park, Ballito on Sunday, 13 March. The Challenge accommodates all ages and abilities: from children in prams to seasoned athletes.

SPAR has accepted the Challenge – will you? Enter today!

 #JustStart #JumpStartChallenge



CAPTION: SPAR Group CEO Brett Botten and HR Executive Thuli Tabudi, together with athletes from SPAR Central Office and KZN Distribution Centre have accepted the JumpStart Challenge. © Mr Price Foundation