Look, it’s no secret what Nelson Mandela means to South Africans. What many tend to forget, though, is just how big of a deal was to the rest of the world. With this year bringing the Mandela Centenary, the people of London are ready.
Starfish, a charity group with offices in both the UK and SA, has put together a charity fun run in Hyde Park, London. The event will take place on Madiba’s birthday, 18 July.
According to the group, the run has been tailored to especially reference Mandela’s 46664 prison cell number.
“The idea is to run for as long or as little as you like, meeting everyone at the start line at 10am to run the final, and most important, 466.64m (Mandela’s prison number) to the finish!”
The event is suitable for all athletes, all ages and has been described as a perfect opportunity for the whole family to get out and enjoy some rare London sun.
Although there is no strict theme, fancy dress is encouraged as there are prizes up for grabs for the most creative outfit, as well as for most money fundraised and longest distance run to the start line.
If running isn’t your thing, there are plenty of games and sports to take part in during the day. Snacks and drinks will also be available to enjoy in the park following the race.
All the funds raised from the event will be shared between Starfish Greathearts Foundation and Uthando Masibulele Education Centre, helping vulnerable children in South Africa.
So, if you’re a South African living in the UK and feel like giving back to those who need it at home, come down to the event and do your bit. It’s set to be great fun!
If you would like to take part in the Mandela Day Fun-Run, click here to register.