Earlier this year Courant reported on the Kasi Health and Fitness Club, which was started by Pinkie Taunyane, a local athlete in Bloemfontein.
Taunyane reached out to Courant once more, this time with the hope that Bloemfontein’s good Samitarans would help her in gathering funds so she can participate in the ELB Washie Marathon, which will take place in the Eastern Cape in July.
“I would humbly like to request sponsorship from a company or individual towards the registration, transport, and accommodation. I would really like to participate, however, owing to lack of funds, I will be unable to do it on my own,” Taunyane told Courant in an interview.
She would use her own funds, however, she has just come back from running the Two Oceans Marathon and soon also intends on running the Comrades Marathon.
Should she be able to participate in the ELB Washie Marathon, she would like to use the race to raise awareness on the ongoing femicide wave which has made news over the killings of women like Karabo Mokoena who were brutally killed by their boyfriends. “I have noticed that many of these killings are in Gauteng and as the parent of a twenty-one-year-old girl living in Johannesburg, I often cannot help but wonder if I too could one day wake up to the news that she was killed by her boyfriend or intimate partner, as we have seen with these killings,” Taunyane says.
She, therefore, requests that willing patrons help her raise the R907 novice registration fee needed to participate as well as the accommodation and transport.
If all goes well and she receives the donations as she hopes to, she will run a grueling 160 kilometres over 26 hours from 17:00 on 27 July until 19:00 on 28 July.
She will join her partner at the Kasi Health and Fitness Club, Nkosinathi Singonzo, who will also run the marathon. The marathon will be held at the Cathcarth Country Club in the Eastern Cape.
To contact Taunyane and discuss with her the terms of the sponsorship as she runs for her life to promote a worthy cause, contact her on her cell at 073-451-9153. Alternatively, she may be reached on her email at email@example.com.