On Monday Komani residents braved the winter chill to participate in a ‘colour fun run’ around Top Town. The run, organised by Jana Labuschagne, was the first of several activities to raise funds for five Balmoral girls who have been selected by the Elsie Coetzer Hockey School (ECHS) in Bloemfontein to go to the Netherlands.
The pupils were selected by ECHS after a coaching clinic in Komani earlier this year. Jana Labuschagne, who will also be playing for Border in the B hockey team will be making her second trip to the Netherlands after she was also selected last year.
Accompanying Labuschagne will be Leah Killian, Ubuko Peter, Joanna du Toit, Jaden Niland and coach Landie Boucher. The girls who are all in grade 6; except Labuschagne, who is in grade 7, said they were excited about the trip. Du Toit, who plays all the positions on the field, said: “I cannot wait, I am excited. We will be leaving on my birthday.”
First across the line in the race was Jason Moss, who won himself cool earphones. Other residents were splashed with powder paint at the end of the race for their troubles. The route was 5km from Kingsway, up Hangklip Road and back via Foch Avenue.
Boucher, who will get advanced training in coaching said: “We are holding fund raisers and this is only the first one. People must be on the look out so they can get involved. The kids came up with the ideas. We want to raise money and bring fun to Komani.”
The run was the first of five events that will include a raffle and a steak evening to be held on July 20.
The girls will leave for the Netherlands on September 22 and the classes will run for a week. This year they will all be in Amsterdam.