Project still inspires youth

2019-10-29 06:00
JP Duminy signs autographs at last year’s event.      PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

JP Duminy signs autographs at last year’s event. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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Founded in 2015, the JP21 Foundation has set out to inspire hundreds of school children through sport.

Based on a sincere commitment to reigniting the passion and enthusiasm for the game of cricket in underprivileged communities and schools in Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein, its long-term objectives are to promote a positive and healthy lifestyle and to allow learners to have fun at the same time, all while playing cricket.

The initiative is the brainchild of one of South Africa’s most well-known cricketers, JP Duminy, who hails from the area. Duminy started his cricket career playing in the streets of Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein from the age of five.

Duminy started the JP21 Foundation, focusing on youth development through cricket clinics and a specially developed league.

“(I was inspired to start the foundation) through values instilled in me, to always give back, to make sure we remain humble in our successes and achievements. For a long time I would give back in my time and resources to other worthy causes; (this) led me to believe that it was time to start my foundation and give a meaningful contribution, by making this foundation a passion,” says Duminy.

Since its inception, the foundation has celebrated much success, including being active at 38 local schools, having four boys representing Western Province, several teachers completing their level 1 coaching course, 2 000 girls and boys participating, the installation of several cricket pitches, the distribution of trainers and bursaries.

Duminy says there is more to his success than just his passion. “My success is certainly not a one-man show. Teammates, coaches, parents, my wife and faith all play a huge role in where I am today,” says Duminy.

For the past four years, the foundation has also partnered with the Mitchell’s Plain Titans in presenting the annual JP21 Mitchell’s Plain Titans race, already in its 11th year.

“(The race) was about community involvement. Whilst the foundation works in the primary school space, it’s important for us to engage the community at large, by showcasing our work and raising awareness and inspiring people to stay active,” says Duminy.

“I come from this community, my family lives here, it’s close to my heart, and we get to showcase Mitchell’s Plain to other parts of the Western Cape and nationally. Yes, we use cricket to create positive environments, but the real essence is community development and this race helps us in our endeavours in achieving that.”

Avid runners and novices alike can tie their laces and try their hand at the 21.1 km, 10 km or 5 km races.

For the 12th consecutive year, the race, open to all ages, will be presented on Saturday 23 November.

Partners include the City of Cape Town, African Bank, Community Chest and PPC.

People’s Post is the official print media partner.

The race will start at Glendale High School and end at Rocklands Sports Complex where the crowd will be entertained by live music and a community-building event.

Tickets are available via Webtickets. Online entries close at midnight on Sunday 17 November.

Run or walk the various routes to see and learn more about the vibrancy and culture of Mitchell’s Plain. Entry fees are R110 for licenced and R170 for unlicensed runners in the 21.1 km race. Adults in the 10km race pay R70 licenced and R110 unlicenced, while juniors in the 10km pay R50 if licenced and R75 if unlicenced.

Entry to the 5km fun run is R20. Online entries will attract a service charge.

Race-day entries, race card and number collections will take place on Friday 22 November from 18:00 to 20:00 and on race day at 04:30 at Glendale High School.

The 21.1 km race will start at 06:00 with a cut-off time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

The 10 km race will start at 06:15 with a cut-off time of 2 hours and the 5km race will start at 07:30.

All finishers will receive medals. The race forms part of the Coca-Cola League.

There will be ample secure parking, however, runners are urged to arrive early to avoid traffic.

V Follow the Mitchell’s Plain Titans and JP21 Foundation on Facebook or join the race event page. For more on the foundation, visit jp21foundation.org

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