Great turn out at fun run

2015-06-18 06:01
Fun at the grounds.
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Fun at the grounds. Photo: supplied

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TONGAAT Hindu Unity Forum (THUF) hosted the successful Arise Awake Fun Run on Youth Day (16 June).

After two successful commemorations in 2013 and 2014, the THUF Youth Day Fun Run 2015 was the biggest success yet.

The third instalment saw a few amendments to the programme and route which certainly left participants more inspired.

Branded the “Arise Awake” Fun Run (coined from Hindu Youth Icon Swami Vivekananda’s famous quote: “Arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached”), the event saw 2000 participants take to the streets of Tongaat.

The theme was xenophobia and the role young people can play in changing mindsets and perceptions around these issues in the spirit of unity and oneness.

Swami Vivekananda stands tall as the icon of the event. It was He who said: “My faith is in the Younger Generation, the Modern Generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like Lions… and this is sufficient proof that the ability lies within each young person to do great things, be great people, inspire change and action.”

This year’s event has inspired the organisers to raise the bar further in terms of creating an event that will aptly celebrate youth and the strength-enhancing message of Swami Vivekananda to the youth of the nation.

Community-based businesses and religious organisations once again supported the event.

Forum chairman Sugie Govender thanked all the sponsors and volunteers for their support and assistance and the Tongaat Panthers Athletic Club for taking care of all the race logistics.

The route included three pit-stops at temples on route from the Buffelsdale Stadium to the Outspan Grounds. Participants were treated to race t-shirts, medals and lunch. A prize-giving ceremony was held for all winners in the various age categories.

Attendees then enjoyed sporting codes such as soccer, netball, volleyball and novelty games that were set up. Trubel Primary won the award for the school with the most number of entries

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