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Weʼre raising £500 to raise funds for The Bambisanani Partnership

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‘Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.’ (Nelson Mandela)

Sport and exercise has always been a key and fundamental part of my life whether its diving, swimming, athletics, fencing, netball, OCR, you name it, I’ll ‘volunteer as tribute’ (I’m always down for a game of Rounders).

It’s taught me how to be part of a team, to be confident, a leader, passionate, determined and a fighter. I think that sport can do this for everyone and it doesn’t matter if you are a world class athlete or just someone that enjoys a kick about; sport is for everyone and bring us together.

With that being said, I hate running. Hate it. ‘But you do Obstacle Course’s all the time!’ I hear you proclaim. And that would be correct however, if you ask any of my lovely OCR pal’s whether I enjoy the running part of the OCR’s well… I know what they would say! I do however love a challenge and will always look for new ways to push myself and what better city to embark on my next challenge than my favourite city of Newcastle upon Tyne!

Having lived in Newcastle for 4 years, I’m so excited to be able to finally run this half marathon and cross that South Shields finish line! Sport and exercise are powerful and can help people achieve things they never knew they could and this is exactly what The Bambisanani Partnership does.

I was lucky enough to go to South Africa with The Bambisanani Partnership in 2011 and be part of the wonderful project which has only strengthened in me the belief that sport can bring out the best in everyone. I witnessed young adults lead a sports day with young primary school children, come out of their shells, lead with passion and defy anyone that says they can’t achieve their goals.

The Bambisanani Partnership started in 2006 and is a unique collaboration developed by St. Mary’s Menston in Leeds, UK and Mnyakanya High School in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The partnership uses sport as a major catalyst to develop international understanding, education, health and leadership.

Mnyakanya High School is situated in the rural and remote Nkandla region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The school, in the heart of traditional Zululand, was opened by Nelson Mandela in 2004 and is located in one of the most deprived areas of South Africa with one in three adults infected by HIV/AIDS, 90% unemployment and an adult illiteracy rate greater than 60%. The school serves a vast area and many students walk two hours to and from school each day. The area has many AIDS orphans. Class sizes are in excess of 60 and the school has very limited resources.

The Partnership has grown so much since 2006 and I want to continue to support The Bambisanani Partnership and taking part in this physical challenge is the perfect way for me to be able to to help this charity grow and grow and continue its fantastic work.

If you want to learn more about the charity and their current fundraising goals, please do visit the charity website here >>> https://www.bambisananipartnership.org/.

13 miles running may not seem far for some, but for me, it’s going to be a tough looong road and so any help to get me over that finish line in September (and also any playlist recommendations!) will be greatly appreciated!

Ngiyabonga! (Thank you!)

(I note that this is a crowdfunding page however, the Charity has not yet registered with an online fundraising page and therefore this was the only way to begin raising funds!)

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  • Alessandra Valle - Metaxas1 month ago
    Alessandra Valle - Metaxas

    Alessandra Valle - Metaxas

    1 month ago

    Completed the Leeds 10k in 1:13:58 and im thrilled!! I only signed up on thursday evening to challenge myself and i was aiming for 1:15 so to beat my aim is something I'm very proud of! And it was absolutely boiling!! Just got to keep that training up now and ill be on my way to the GNR!!

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  • Alessandra Valle - Metaxas2 months ago
    Alessandra Valle - Metaxas

    Alessandra Valle - Metaxas

    2 months ago

    Kick starting my training (albeit a tad late) but with my first run along the beach in Alcudia, Mallorca - well worth the 6am start on holiday just to see that sunrise!

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Page last updated on: 7/8/2018 1:58 PM

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  • Brogan O'Connor

    Brogan O'Connor

    Jul 3, 2018

    Unreal! Great cause! Good luck with the training and hopefully see you on the day!

    £5.00

  • DB

    DB

    Jul 3, 2018

    £3.00

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