Join the hike for hope!


YOU (South Africa) - - LEISURE - WHEN AND WHERE Sun­day 15 Oc­to­ber: Blaauwk­lip­pen, R44, Stel­len­bosch, Western Cape Sun­day 29 Oc­to­ber: Van Gaalen’s, Skeer­poort (near the Ma­galies­berg moun­tains), Gaut­eng HOW TO EN­TER Go to and click on the Hope Hike/Hope Bike logo. Re

CASES of de­pres­sion have in­creased by 18,4% over the past 10 years and is now the sin­gle largest cause of dis­abil­ity world­wide, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO). In 2020 it’s ex­pected to be the sec­ond-big­gest disease glob­ally, and by 2030 the big­gest. De­pres­sion is an ill­ness and not a weak­ness. A South African study has found that on av­er­age, peo­ple with de­pres­sion took 18 days’ sick leave a year as a re­sult of their ill­ness.

So to show you care, get walk­ing and start talk­ing! Join us on the Hope Hike and the Hope Bike to raise aware­ness of de­pres­sion and make your con­tri­bu­tion to break the si­lence and stigma sur­round­ing this and other men­tal ill­nesses. Your en­tire en­try fee will go toward the de­pres­sion re­search fund of the non-profit Ithemba Foun­da­tion (Ithemba means hope in Xhosa).

Oc­to­ber is the WHO’s Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The Hope Hike and Hope Bike are your op­por­tu­ni­ties to raise hope and to spread the mes­sage that with­out men­tal health, there’s no health. Be­come an Am­bas­sador for Hope through­out Oc­to­ber by wear­ing your “sky-blue for hope” aware­ness rib­bon. START­ING TIMES Hope Bike fun ride: 25km – 07:45 Hope Hike: 10km – 08:00, 5km – 08:30, 3km – 08:40 EN­TRY FEES Hope Hike: 10km – R100, 5km – R60, 3km – R40. Chil­dren un­der 12 (3km or 5km) – R40. Hope Bike: 25km – R100. For more in­for­ma­tion email en­

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