Fun run for a good cause

2016-07-12 06:05
Sphiwe Mjwara with trophys he received from Kruger2Canyon Challenge 2016. Photo: nosipho mkhize

Sphiwe Mjwara with trophys he received from Kruger2Canyon Challenge 2016. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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WITH the aim of keeping children off the streets, Amakhosi Athletics Club, in partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation, will host a fun run - “Imnandi Lento 2016 Challenge” - on Saturday 20 August at KK Sports Grounds at 7.30am.

Amakhosi AC founder Sphiwe Mjwara said he has been preparing for this event for a long time and now his dreams have become reality
“I have been trying to put together this event for some time, but finally things pulled through. The purpose of this event is to keep children off the streets while encouraging them to get involved in sports. We also chose August because in support of Women’s Month. So far I have invited five schools to take part - Khulugqame Primary­, Buhlebemfundo, iLanga, Sthokozile and Sthengile Secondary. “Each school needs to put together a netball team and the team that wins will receive a netball kit sponsored by the PMB Department of Sports and Recreation. Other participants will receive medal as a token of appreciation as well as refreshments. Other schools and the community are welcome to join this initiative.”

Mjwara has been training 30 of his athletes every day at Kings Park Stadium.
“I train them not only for this event, but for other marathons and fun runs. Three athletes - Sandile Mjwara, Andile Zwane and Madoda Ngwane - who is 60, entered the Comrades Marathon which encouraged members to take part in various runs. I recently entered the Kruger2Canyon Challenge which was a two-day initiative. The first day was a 45km run and the second day was a 28km run. The weather was freezing, but I was determined and wanted to encourage athletes in my team.”

“I want these children to have a better future and not be involved in drugs because most of their parents have died, however, I help them, but sometimes it’s difficult for me.
“I want to see them being the best athletes in South Africa. The athletes are motivated and are winning their races. This motivates other athletes in the club so I am more than happy.”

“I want to thank a local business man, Mthokozisi Mkhize, who owns a tuck shop in Clermont. He has been assisting me with donations for the athletes­ as well as Build it in Pinetown, Aquelle and Coo-ee that were sponsors for this event.”

If anyone is interested in joining Amakhosi AC at its fun run, they must contact Mjwara on 071 021 6224.
The joining fee for children from seven to 12 is R10 and for adults it is R30.
Netball team entry fee is R150. Prize giving after the race will commence from 10am.

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