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IF YOU have always wanted to give back to your community but had no idea how, SPAR Family Challenge has a healthy way to help you do that.

The annual SPAR Family Challenge fun run event on October 8 will raise funds for Reach for a Dream (RFAD) – an institution for terminally-ill children in the East London area.

RFAD’s Eastern Cape branch manager Ronell Davel said they are very pleased to have been this year’s beneficiary because the money raised would help terminally-ill children realise their dreams.

“The East London community are always supportive, not just to us but to all the charities and we are very grateful for that,” she said.

By realising the dreams, Davel said they want to bring hope to the lives of the children.

“They forget all about their treatment and the pain that it brings. Their excitement is priceless,” Davel said.

She said in one month, they help realise at least 26 dreams.

Caption for image: READY TO ROLL: This group of friends came out to enjoy last year’s event in quite windy conditions Picture: ETHIENNE ARENDS
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READY TO ROLL: This group of friends came out to enjoy last year’s event in quite windy conditions Picture: ETHIENNE ARENDS

RFAD assists children from three to 18 years old, who are battling illnesses such as leukaemia, HIV and Aids, duchenne muscular dystrophy, liver sclerosis, nephrotic syndrome and cancer.

The SPAR Family Challenge consists of 5km and 9.8km runs. Participants in both races will start from Beaconhurst School then go along Avalon Road, Imp Lane, Junction Road and Hillcrest Drive and back to finish at the school.

Eastern Cape promotions and advertising controller Roseann Shadrach said, with their emphasis on family participation and healthy lifestyles, the SPAR Family Challenge was a perfect fit for the retailer.

She said participants would be treated to some spectacular entertainment, including a special performance by comedian Gino Fabbri and emcee Graham Gordon. There would also be lucky draw incentives, one of which is a spa treatment and a lunch at Miarestate Boutique Hotel and Spa.

Runners and walkers can enter on www.sparfamilychallenge.co.za or at cycle shops in the city until October 5. Registration is from 10am to 7pm at the Beaconhurst sports field on the day before the event.

 

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