There was a great spirit seen among the competitors, particularly those who were walking, and everyone was happy to support a good cause. A group of four ladies from Graaff-Reinet who came to support the event looked very relieved when they had finished!
As it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there was a colourful banner to also show support for this cause. All funds raised from the event were used to buy sanitary towels for school girls, who often have to miss school due to lack of funds to buy these essentials. These have already been distributed to the four schools in the area.
Every participant received a medal, sponsored by the Department of Safety and Liaison, who also sponsored the refreshments at the end. Water points along the way were sponsored by Foodzone.
Prizes were sponsored by members of the community, and the first three ladies and men all received generous cash prizes.
Romario Saayman was the first man home, and he won R500 for his efforts. Second prize of R300 went to Jan Fick, and in third place was Pieter Witt, who received R200.
The winning lady was Wilke van Zyl, followed by Claudia Bam in second place and Adema Africa in third. As the event was organised by a woman, to support a charity for girls, it is only fiting that the prizes for the women were the same as for the men!
The first junior runner to finish, Maurice Vywers, was also awarded a prize of R100.
One very special prize was given by an anonymous donor to Evelyn Jacobs, an older lady who is a breast cancer survivor, and who managed to complete the full 7km.
Organiser Cst Alicia Africa, Community Police Official, would like to thank all the local shops in Lotusville and Thembalesizwe who sponsored the event, as well as Pick n Pay in Graaff-Reinet, for giving an extra donation of pads.