This week’s blog by PPI-SA is written by Sbahle Mkhize, the Marketing and Fundraising Manager for PPI-SA. She shares about her recent trip to Germany to participate in the 2016 Laureus Sport for Good Summit.
This past week I travelled to Heidelberg, Germany for the Laureus Sport for Good Summit. It was my first global summit and it did not disappoint. The Laureus Summit is held every two years with the primary goal of bringing together all projects/organizations from all over the world that are supported by Laureus.
Day one of the summit started off with a bang. It felt like a mini PeacePlayers reunion as Neta and Duha from PPI-Middle East were there, as well as Gunnar from PPI-DC and Jale from PPI-Cyprus. Another day one highlight was meeting retired WNBA Star & Laureus Ambassador, Tamika Catchings, and in true PPI style, we made sure we took a selfie with the her.
The summit only went uphill from there, meeting and interacting with representatives from projects around the world. Below I have summarized my experience in Germany in three short highlights:
- Meeting likeminded sport for good ambassadors from around the world. It was wonderful to hear more about the different projects/organizations supported by Laureus across the globe. One of my favourite people I met was Yang Qiangzhen, a young phenomenal leader and secretary of the youth league committee in China that promotes state development and world peace.
- Laureus made it possible for us to experience Germany by visiting different tourist sites and eating duck for the first time (well in my case), which was weird at first, but delicious overall.
- Another highlight for me was the fundraising strategies sessions held for summit attendees. I learned so much about how I can improve and grow as a fundraiser. It was also so refreshing to hear from other people around the world about their challenges and successes when it comes to fundraising. It was also interesting because we discovered how we all face similar challenges in our countries.
Thank you to the Laureus Foundation and the Dietmar Hopp Foundation for a wonderful summit!