ON September 5, members of BNI Sosebenza, their friends and family, “buddied up” with the ACVV Khayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre’s boys in a 42km relay marathon to raise funds for playground equipment for the centre.
The start and finish of each 3km leg of the marathon were at the gates of the children’s home on Kragga Kamma Road, in Theescombe, and participants and supporters were able to enjoy refreshments, music and a glorious winter’s day in the fresh outdoors.
Dr Marietjie van der Merwe, director of ACVV Khayalehtu Youth Centre, said participants were asked to find sponsors for their leg of the race.
They could choose to walk or run the 3km and each of them was partnered with a Khayalethu boy for company along the way. The first runners set off at 07:00 and the last teams were cheered home at 11:30.
“This fund-raising effort was initiated by the boys themselves. They have their hearts set on a jungle gym, swing set and merry go round; and they want to be actively involved in collecting the funds needed to purchase and install these at ACVV Khayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre.
This was the first in what will be a series of events.
BNI Sosebenza, a Gqeberha chapter of BNI – an international business networking group – was the natural choice to kickstart the programme as ACVV Khayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre is a member and the focus of the chapter’s charitable contributions.”
Organisations are encouraged to contact Khayalethu to enquire about participation in future 42K Buddy Up Marathons which will be held every two months. For each marathon, 28 participants are needed. The event is kept purposefully small in order to manage numbers and ensure COVID-safety. The event is a fantastic opportunity for companies to enjoy healthy team-building while doing good and having a great time.
For more information, contact Dr Marietjie van der Merwe on 041 484 5667 or email@example.com.
- To find out more visit www.khayalethu.org.za or follow ACVV Khayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre on Facebook @KhayalethuYouthCentre.