Mlungisi supports fun run

On a mission to fight the scourge of gender-based violence, Nokulunga Mercy Victim Empowerment Community centre recently organised scholars and adults to embark on a morning fun run in Mlungisi.

Centre manager Sindiswa Ntwanambi said the non-profit organisation which advocates for human rights had organised the event to create awareness of gender based violence (GBV).

The run started at the Unifound support centre where about 100 people came out to participate. Ntwanambi said another purpose of the event was to prevent the plague of GBV and bullying in schools. “We had schoolchildren from Nonesi, Thembelihle and Edlelweni Public Primary School who were part of the run because we want to encourage participation in sport.

The event was open to the public and included senior citizens who are avid runners. Ward 15 councillor Luvuyo Ngculu was also present. Children were educated on how to behave, observe and report cases of violence against them. We aspire to raise funds so that we can achieve our fight against these social ills.”

Siphelele Ceru finished first, followed by Likhona Booi and Mivuyo Fatyane and each received medals and soccer balls.

Ntwanambi said the centre would continue with the mission to inform and educate and indicated that funds raised would assist with administration.

The event was a success and a unanimous suggestion was made to host the run quarterly or monthly. The organisation was launched on November 25 to commemorate 16 Days of Activism. We invite people to be involved and need members of the public to join as volunteers. We accept any kind of support including the donation of clothing to give to the needy.”

Ntwanambi thanked all participants, marshals, sponsors, staff members and the board.

I also thank the department of sport, recreation arts and culture, the Old Mutual Running Club and the department of social development.”

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