WHILE all participants who “Tackle the City” in next month’s Urban Run will feel like winners, it will be nominated charities Khaya Cheshire, Cleft Friends and the Scouts of Nelson Mandela Bay who are going to feel the real impact of the 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run for years to follow.
This community sports initiative backed by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) not only creates awareness to the urban renewal of the city, but also hopes to beat last year’s Urban Run record of R209000 raised for charity.
Event organiser Zports chose this year’s charities because of the difference they are making to people’s lives within the Bay.
Khaya Cheshire, an outreach project of Summerstrand Cheshire Homes, is for mentally and physically disabled children living in Walmer township.
They currently offer a day- care facility in a double classroom situated in Victoria Drive alongside the township for 23 children.
“The Urban Run is one of the most exciting fundraising initiatives ever held to raise funds for our Khaya Cheshire,” Cheshire Homes EP coordinator Hilary Bolton said.
Another of the charities this year is Cleft Friends, founded by Helena Cullis in 2009. It offers support for parents and medical professionals dealing with babies born with cleft palates.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown by simply entering the Urban Run to raise funds for our cause,” Cullis said.
A new addition to the Urban Run Festival this year will be the Kids Urban Run, which will take place on Saturday September 14 at 3pm. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Scouts of Nelson Mandela Bay youth movement.
The Urban Run Festival, hosted by the MBDA and supported by The Herald, Kingfisher FM, iStream Brand Management and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, brings a weekend of celebration to the Bay on September 14 and 15 to not only witness the Urban Run, but also celebrate the centenary of Port Elizabeth becoming a city.
With an abundance of live music, entertainment, vendors and exhibitors, the “balcony” of the city (Donkin Reserve) is set to come alive.
Late entries for the Urban Run events are still available online at www.urbanrun.co.za