Running to fill empty tummies

2019-04-30 06:00
Athletes and staff running to help #FeedAFuture with student Mvano who is the ambassador of campaign.

Athletes and staff running to help #FeedAFuture with student Mvano who is the ambassador of campaign.

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It was a sweaty, tiring run for Ottery-based Christel House South Africa who ran to feed their learners on Saturday 20 April.

Staff from the school, assisted by more than 20 locals, participated in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon to raise funds for their #FeedAFuture campaign.

In a statement, it is said that Christel House is a charitable school serving 750 children from impoverished communities. These children receive two meals and a snack on a daily basis during school hours.

The team made an appeal through social media platforms urging public to donate towards each kilometre they ran to fund the feeding campaign.

Some participants ran half a marathon while others took on the full race.

They managed to raise R35 000 from the run and an extra amount was raised through different channels by the individuals.

An internal fundraiser strategy was also implemented, which required learners from both the primary and high school to collect donations from their communities, which boosted their campaign with R20 000, totalling up to R67 500.

One of the five participating teachers, Habiel Adams said the race was not easy but they are happy with the positive support they got from the public.

“It was my third time running for change and transformation at my school. We want to break the cycle of poverty and set an example for our learners, that they can rise above their circumstances and become the agents of change in their communities too,” Adams says.

Until Adams joined the school in 2017, he never ran half a marathon in his life. But he was eager to contribute towards improving lives, so he committed to the initiative.

Adams says the school fundraisers for various initiatives and response has been positive over the years. He hopes to see the numbers of their athletes growing up to 50 next year to help raise even more money and reach further in helping their beneficiaries.

Among many other runners from outside the school were Kyle Gifford from Gardens, a couple, Bradley and Agnethia Brooks, and Wesley Pheiffer.

The public may continue to support the campaign by either making a once off donation of R4 350 annually or R420 per month or even a minimum of R20 to feed a child for a day.

V For more information about supporting the initiative contact Francois Louw on 021 704 9407 or email flouw@sa.christelhouse.org.

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