TRAIL runner Zoe Papadakis will tackle her first ultra-trail run on Sunday, August 20 in an effort to raise funds and awareness on behalf of Child Welfare Durban and District.The 50km event takes place along the Umgeni River in Pietermaritzburg and Papadakis is asking the public to sponsor every kilometre she runs, with all proceeds going towards supporting the essential work offered to the community by Child Welfare Durban and District.Papadakis said there was no minimum amount and people could pledge any amount.“Even R10 goes a long way in helping,” she said. “That small amount could feed a child for a day. We often wonder how we can give back and this is an ideal way to help those children who need it without breaking the bank.”Papadakis added that many may not be aware of just how much Child Welfare Durban and District did within the community.“They provide adoption services, they offer several statutory and community services, they own and manage four residential homes and nine community homes for vulnerable children. “They convene a pre-school adjacent to their Stormhaven office in Greyville and facilitate court inquiries which involve mediating the plight of children in families, among other things.”Papadakis said it was going to be a tough run, but she felt ready.“I have had an incredible team working behind me to ensure I am strong, fit and ready. I have been training hard for this and at times when I feel myself slipping to that dark place, where I just want to give up, I think about the children cared for by Child Welfare Durban and District. “Despite their young age, they have had to overcome such adversity, yet they remain positive, hopeful and determined to make the most out of life. Their inner strength pushes me to keep going.”For more information, or pledge forms, contact our Income Development Department on 031 312 9313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Supplied.