Fun Walk to help flood victims

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Motlalepule Motlolometsi of Phelang Disability Home and Rose Republic's Tshepang Mofolo hope to raise funds for children's school supplies. PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE

Local entrepreneur, Tshepang Mofolo, is determined to better the lives of learners in Mangaung. The young businessman will be holding the Rose Republic Fun Walk and Run on Saturday to fund school supplies for children affected by recent floods in the southern parts of Bloemfontein.

Localised flooding caused by heavy rains left hundreds of families displaced with no shelter and basic necessities earlier this month. Some of them had to be accommodated at various community halls in Mangaung. This has left many children without necessities to start off the school year well, including those with disabilities in care centres.

Red Cross Free State Branch Manager Claudia Mangwegape, explained that many families were displaced by the floods but have to attend school even without proper uniforms. “We attended to the people affected by the floods. The children and their families are still at Paradise Hall and the kids are without stationery, uniforms and other things. They still go to school, so they will be prioritised,” she said.

“We want to get as much we can from participants and all of the proceeds will go towards buying supplies for our beneficiaries, including Phelang Disability Home and Red Cross. We decided to work with organisations that have already identified beneficiaries who need these things,” said Mofolo.

“Although they are disadvantaged, they will at least have one less thing to worry about,” added Mofolo who owns local clothing brand Rose Republic, inspired by the City of Roses.
The 5-km fun walk will start near Northridge Mall in Kenneth Kaunda Road before participants go around Helicon Heights and will end in Christo Groenewald Street. Phelang Disability Home’s Motlalepule Motlolometsi expressed that children from the centre will benefit greatly as they need various supplies to meet special needs.

The event will be a fun family affair where trainers from Virgin Active will give a short warm-up before participants take on the route.
“We deal with young kids and we struggle with funding. Most of our kids come from homes that rely on disability grants so it becomes difficult to meet their needs since their families struggle as well. Some of them need stimulation toys, nappies and even food,” she said. Children at the home often have severe disabilities, including cerebral palsy.

Entry to join the walk and run will cost R30 but is free for children. Registration begins at 09:15 on Saturday, 25 January 2020.

The Red Cross also appeals to members of the public who can contribute more to displaced families to call 061-421-9352.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele
nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za