THUF Youth Day fun run is back

2015-06-04 06:01
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AFTER two successful commemorations, plans for the annual Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum (THUF) Youth Day fun run are underway for 2015.

The third installment will be held on 16 June and organisers have made a few amendments to the programme and route to ensure attendees leave 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 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 together with Antoinette Sithole carried the body of Hector Pieterson moments after he was shot... in the iconic picture we’ve come to associate 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 members of THUF looked at an ambassador for the Fun Run, they thought back to 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”.

This was sufficient proof that the ability lies within each of us to do great things, be great people, inspire change and action.

Last year’s event has inspired the organisers to raise the bar, creating an event that will aptly 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 alike can partake and enjoy the Youth Day celebrations in a befitting manner,” said Forum Chairman Sugie Govender.

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

The event promises to cater for all people and those who do not wish to participate in the race can enjoy a number of other sporting codes that will be set up on the ground such as, Soccer, Netball, Volleyball and novelty games. A live broadcast by Radio Hindvani will also take place from the venue and the community is encouraged to come through and interact with their favourite presenters who will be broadcasting from 7am.

Govender added: “There were plenty of incentives and all finishers qualify for a medal and commemorative T-shirt.”

Special prizes are also on offer for the school with the most number of entries.

Entry forms are available at the Coastal Weekly; at Schools and Temples; as well as on the morning of the race from the venue. Entry is through a nominal donation of R5.

The starting point is the Buffelsdale Stadium (Dahlia Road, Tongaat) and will culminate at 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 further enquiries, email or call 073 356 5918 / 083 787 7510

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