Healthy living, healthy lifestyle

2019-08-07 06:00

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THE second Supersave Foodtown Hyper Interschool Sports Day was held on Thursday, July 18 and coincided with Mandela Day.

This year saw eight high schools from across Greater Edendale participating. Once again, the event kicked off with all pupils and guests partaking in a 20-minute aerobic activity, followed by opening speeches and thanks which led into the main events of the day, a netball and soccer tournament.

The main focus of this annual event, is to promote the positive benefits of healthy living. We want to encourage children to practice good health through getting enough exercise, eating healthy and saying no to drugs.

In 2018, the owners of a Pietermaritzburg store, Supersave Foodtown Hyper, decided to take a proactive approach to the development of healthy lifestyles in youngsters at six schools in the area.

Following on from the overwhelming success of last year’s event, and with the aim to reach and educate more children, two additional high schools were invited to participate in the 2019 edition of the day.

At 9 am, the pupils lined up to enjoy a knock out tournament of soccer and netball. Wadley Stadium in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, came alive with the sound of music and excited children ready to support their peers. Supersave Foodtown Hyper supplied lunch and refreshments to the 2 000 enthusiastic supporters.

A host of VIPs were also in attendance. They included a number of NGOs; representatives from the South African Police Service; Department of Health; circuit inspector, district director from the Department of Education from uMgungundlovu, and representation for the provincial Department of Sports and Recreation.

PSL Legends enthusiastically got involved in the day, by not only offering words of encouragement and motivation to all the pupils, but by playing in a curtain raiser against the teachers, prior to the main event of the day — the soccer final.

The soccer and netball tournaments ran from 10 am with children from each school cheering on their teams.

Each of the teams were given sponsored netball and soccer kits to play in on the day and to keep after the tournament. There were medals, floating trophies and prize money up for grabs.

After a full day of highly competitive games, Edendale Tech won the netball tournament, with Nyonithwele Secondary School the runners-up followed by Amakholwa High School.

The soccer tournament was won by Amakholwa High School, runners-up were Smero Secondary School with a tie between Pata High School and Georgetown Secondary School for third place.

There were prizes for the winning teams, as well as for the teams in second and third place The winning schools in both soccer and netball were awarded a cheque of R10 000, while second place received R5 000 and third place R2 000, to be used for improving the sporting facilities at their respective schools.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all involved in making this day the success that it was. Further to this we would like to congratulate all the winners and their respective schools and we hope that the prize money helps improve your “Healthy living, Healthy lifestyle” says Suhail Bayat, co-owner of Supersave Foodtown Hyper.

“We have a close-knit relationship with our community and we believe this is a meaningful way of giving back and making a difference.

“We also extend a warm thank you to all our VIP guests for sharing this special day with us.”

Supersave Foodtown Hyper is a member of Unitrade Management Services, a voluntary trading organisation that provides marketing, financial management, IT, business development and buying power to independent wholesalers and retailers through personal service and strong partnerships.

— Supplied.

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