By Roxanne Daniels and Loyiso Gxothiwe
Over 60 locals – most of them school learners – donned bright yellow t-shirts for Hospice‘s 5km Stride With Pride fun run/walk on Saturday 21 March.
The charity event was organised to benefit the Grahamstown Hospice and bring cancer awareness to the community.
Janine Peinke and fellow organiser Trish Gillies, who took part in the run, add that the event brought Grahamstown citizens together and encouraged people who feel alone in their medical struggles to use Hospice.
Event marketer Cathy Braans, said the event was about the community coming together “in support of families affected by terminal illness”. Many people in our town have very sick family members and lots of children know this first-hand. Cathy says that this is the reason that children need to get involved in the event. “Our children play a very important role, they are our future so we really want them at the event,” she said.
School learner paid R10 to enter the event, students paid R20 and adults R60. The marshalls who directed the run were learners from three Grahamstown schools.
The Grahamstown Hospice provides palliative care to people who are approaching the end of their lives and cancer patients.
The Hospice motto: There isn’t enough darkness in the universe to extinguish the light of one small candle.