Race to help charities clear obstacles

NEXT month’s Herald Urban Run, a fun 10.5km obstacle running race through the CBD, hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), is set to raise more than R100000 for children’s organisations.

This is thanks to the generous support of an anticipated field of more than 1000 entrants.

The Urban Run’s fundraising initiative has four levels of incentives to help bring out the philanthropist in the competitors, plus a magnificent hamper prize valued at more than R6500 for the participant who raises the most money for charity.

This includes a night at Knysna Elephant Park’s exquisite Elephant Lodge, a night for four at the Koffylaagte Game Lodge Farmhouse and a sterling silver Peony earring and pendant set from Havilah Designer Jewellers.

The three nominated charities for this year’s Urban Run are the Port Elizabeth branch of the Childhood Cancer Foundation of SA (Choc), the Coega Door of Hope Children’s Home and the Nelson Mandela Bay Scouts, each being selected because of their contribution to changing lives.

“We are very excited to be involved with such an interesting and challenging event as it not only highlights the historic sights of Port Elizabeth and the magnificent urban renewal undertaken by the MBDA but also creates much-needed awareness to Choc in Port Elizabeth,” Choc branch manager Charmaine Vosloo said.

“Having just opened a Choc oncology ward at the Dora Nginza Hospital, we need lots of support,” she said.

The Coega Door of Hope in Sydenham is home to 28 children cared for by former Herald Citizen of the Year winner Gladys Panda.

The Urban Run’s support for Nelson Mandela Bay Scouts is an acknowledgment that for more than 100 years scouting has created a platform for young people to prove themselves, to learn new things and to develop as successful citizens in their communities.

The Urban Run, on September 16, is complemented by the Urban Expo and entertainment on the Donkin at the weekend, encouraging citizens to experience the MBDA transformation of our city. There are fewer than 350 entries left for the Urban Run – secure your part of the action on www.urbanrun.co.za.

For further information contact Zports on 041-484-7860.

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