Women’s pre-Comrades extravaganza

2017-06-07 06:01
At the women’s pre-Comrades lunch (from left) Simphiwe Mashimane, Blanche Moila and Nontuthuko Mashimane.PHOTO: supplied

At the women’s pre-Comrades lunch (from left) Simphiwe Mashimane, Blanche Moila and Nontuthuko Mashimane.PHOTO: supplied

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THE call of citizens after the recent national outcry against women abuse was just one of the key drivers that saw the implementation of the women’s pre-Comrades lunch last Saturday.

When asked to share her vision for the gathering, event organiser Nontuthuko Mashimane said the platform was to celebrate women in the running community.

“It is only through a spirit of togetherness that we bear the potential to move South Africa forward and I can only hope that other provinces are inspired by this just as I was, and follow suit.

“It is our future — we shall make it work.”

The keynote address was given by Blanche Moila, who delivered a speech sharing her early experiences as a black female athlete during the apartheid regime.

Moila made history in 1984 when she became the first black female athlete to be awarded Springbok colours.

Over the years she has become a sporting icon who has won more than 50 KZN road running, cross-country and track races.

This annual initiative promotes active engagements between female runners and various experts within the running community.

It is premised on promoting two-way communication and participation by all sectors of society in inspiring more female participants in the Comrades Marathon, as well as being an opportunity to sponsor underprivileged runners in various KZN-based communities.

Various local entrepreneurs stood behind the idea of strengthening mutually beneficial partnerships between corporate companies and the female running community.

— Supplied.

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