Sports help kids to bond and learn

Cell C Day of Races a su­per event for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

CHIL­DREN from a Joburg char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion will spend the day bond­ing and learn­ing ben­e­fi­cial skills on the sports field.

The group of about 200 young­sters, aged be­tween nine and 13, will bat­tle it out at Roo­sevelt High School in Roo­sevelt Park next week­end.

The young­sters, from SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages, will be seen in ac­tion at the sec­ond an­nual Cell C Day of Races, pow­ered by sports brand Ree­bok.

The in­de­pen­dent, non-gov­ern­men­tal so­cial de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a home for or­phaned, aban­doned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

The head of pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment at SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages, Vin­cent Hla­ban­gana, was thrilled about be­ing part of the in­au­gu­ral event as he said it was a won­der­ful learn­ing curve and ex­pe­ri­ence for the kids.

He said sport was an ideal and fun way for chil­dren to learn and en­gage with each other. “Sport is a bril­liant devel­op­men­tal and ther­a­peu­tic tool, es­pe­cially when deal­ing with chil­dren.”

He added that sport also taught chil­dren many valu­able skills. “Through sport the chil­dren are taught dis­ci­pline, and they’re en­cour­aged to in­te­grate with other chil­dren, to de­velop healthy lifestyles and com­mu­ni­cate well.”

Hla­ban­gana said last year’s event was en­joyed by all who at­tended it.

“It was re­ally good for the young­sters to be out­doors, to ex­er­cise and so­cialise with other chil­dren.We are count­ing down the days and are ex­tremely ex­cited to once again for the up­com­ing Cell C Day of Races.”

This year’s theme is “find your fit”, and the en­trants can choose be­tween sev­eral ex­cit­ing start waves.

These in­clude Pretty Fast; Sole Mates, which par­tic­i­pants can play in pairs; Young, Fast & Free; Any­thing Goes; and lastly the Elite Race, which is for in­vited ath­letes only.

Hla­ban­gana ex­plained that the Cell C Day of Races al­lows en­trants to choose the start wave that suits them best. “In­stead of go­ing for gold, run­ners are en­cour­aged to beat their per­sonal best fin­ish­ing times.”

They are also en­cour­aged to be so­cial, take pho­to­graphs and videos at des­ig­nated points on the route and share these with the event’s so­cial me­dia plat­forms, and stand a chance to win prizes.

Oth­ers who want to par­tic­i­pate should do so by to­mor­row, and it will cost R70. Late en­tries will be ac­cepted at race pack col­lec­tion and on event day.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to en­ter the Cell C Day of Races pow­ered by Ree­bok, con­tact 082 991 0045, email en­tries@ still­wa­ter­sports.com or visit www.day­ofraces.com

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