Disabled athletes to take part in fund-raising races

2015-09-03 06:00
Richmond Riders and Runners Club members (from left) Justice Maphumulo, Michael Luthaka and Jabulani Ngobese hope to take part in the race this month.PHOTO: supplied

Richmond Riders and Runners Club members (from left) Justice Maphumulo, Michael Luthaka and Jabulani Ngobese hope to take part in the race this month.PHOTO: supplied

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IN a bid to arm disabled Richmond people with scarce skills, and to encourage disabled youth to participate in sport, on Saturday, 12 September, the Richmond Riders and Runners Club will host a seven-wheel wheelchair race to raise funds for a skills and day-care centre.

The club, which caters for disabled people, was established in 2008 in an attempt to bridge the gap between the disabled and the abled.

Founder and race organiser Michael Luthaka said the race is separated into three categories - a 21km race, 10km race and a two-kilometre fun walk.

Luthaka said after seeing that disabled people were not catered for in terms of education, skills and sport, the organisation applied for funding from Operation Jumpstart for a skills and a day-care centre.

The funding was approved in 2014 and they were given a property, officially opened in January, but without enough resources.

“The centre will focus on developing disabled people in relevant skills, sports development and will provide a care centre for disabled children,” said Luthaka.

The race will start at St Magdalene in Bryne Village at 7.30am and end at Richmond Primary School.

Entrance is R100 for the 21km race for people from the age of 18, the 10km race is R60 and the fun walk for all ages, is R50.

The organisation will also launch a campaign against the discrimination of people with albinism.

For more information email Luthaka on 061 474 8494 or 072 248 3327 or email michael.luthaka@gmail.com

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