Set for Youth Day fun run

2015-06-11 06:00

AFTER two successful commemorations, plans for the annual Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum (THUF) Youth Day fun run are under way.

The third run will be held on 16 June and organisers have made amendments to the programme and route to ensure attendees leave 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 will this year run under the theme of xenophobia and the role young people can play in changing mindsets and perceptions around these issues in the spirit of unity and oneness.

Engraved on the walls of the Hector Pieterson­ Memorial Square in Soweto are the words of Mbuyisa Makhubo’s mother (the boy who, with Antoinette Sithole, carried the body of Hector Pieterson moments after he was shot).

In the iconic picture one has come to associate it with Youth Day in South Africa). It reads: “Mbuyisa is or was my son, but he is not a hero. In my culture, picking up Hector is not an act of heroism. It was his job as a brother. It was his duty.”

When THUF members looked for an ambassador for the fun run, they of Swami Vivekananda 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.”

Last year’s event inspired the organisers to raise the bar, creating an event that will celebrate our youth and the strength-enhancing message of Swami Vivekananda.

“Community based businesses, religious organisations and the media, have once again supported the event to ensure that youth and adults can partake and enjoy the Youth Day celebrations in a befitting manner,” said forum chairman Sugie Govender.

He said that the Tongaat Panthers Athletic Club will once again be taking care of all the logistics.

The event promises to cater for all people. Those who do not wish to participate in the race can enjoy a number of other sporting codes in the ground - soccer, netball, volleyball and novelty games. A live broadcast, starting at 7am, by Radio Hindvani will also take place from the venue and the community is encouraged to come and interact with their favourite presenters.

“There were plenty of incentives and all finishers qualify for a medal and commemorative T-shirt,” said Govender. Special prizes for the school with the most number of entries will be up for grabs.

Entry forms are available at the Coastal Weekly, at schools and temples and on the morning of the race at the venue. Entry is R5.

Start at is the Buffelsdale Stadium (Dahlia Road, Tongaat), finish is Outspan grounds (Old Mill Road, Tongaat). Participants must park at Outspan grounds and a shuttle service will transport runners to Buffelsdale Stadium from 7am. Lunch and security will be provided.

For more information, email thuf108@gmail.com or call 073 356 5918 or 083 787 7510

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