With the growing challenge to improve the quality of life of patients with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their families, it is the best time to step up for a jog or walk in aid of the Drakenstein Palliative Hospice. In addition, many cash prizes (for teams and clubs) and medals are at stake when the fun Night Run, sponsored by the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM), Drakenstein Palliative Hospice, Historium Trust and Paarl Athletics Club, takes place on Wednesday, 13 December 2023, on the picturesque Paarl Mountain.
As always, participants and supporters can count on the perfect picnic and picnic spots at the monument, where temporary exhibitions as well as an adventurous playground and outdoor games beckon. In addition, everyone can explore and admire this iconic monument for one of Africa’s youngest languages for free. Make a great evening of it: bring a picnic basket (no glass) or pre-order one at the Suikerkan on 082 216 2510 (WhatsApp). This bistro will also offer refreshments and pizza for sale. Bring a blanket/cushions and torch, and dress warmly.
The 10km Night Run, which takes place in accordance with the rules of Athletics South Africa and Boland Athletics, starts at 18:45; it follows an exciting and challenging route on tarred and dirt roads. The 5km Word Run, which starts at 19:00, is aimed at the whole family – even prams are welcome! Instead of a number, participants enter with a fun Afrikaans word. In both cases, walkers are also welcome, so there is no excuse not to feel healthy, happy and generous.
Supporters enter for free and the running fees are as follows: For 10km – R120 for licensed and R180 for unlicensed runners before 23:59 on 10 December; R130 for licensed and R190 for unlicensed runners on the day itself between 16:00 and 18:15. For 5km – R70 before 23:59 on 10 December; R80 on the day itself between 16:00 and 18:15. Pre-registration forms are available via topevents.co.za. Click here for an entry form
For inquiries about the 10km Night Race, contact Lucky Mokwena at firstname.lastname@example.org or 084 826 5895; for inquiries about the 5km Word Run, contact Amila Ernstzen at email@example.com or 021 872 2022. T-shirts will be on sale for R100.
Most palliative care in South Africa is offered by private institutions. However, Drakenstein Palliative Hospice was founded as a non-governmental organisation in 1991 by a small group of volunteers to perform this community service. They care for an average of 250 patients with life-threatening illnesses in their homes and serve the entire Drakenstein district from Saron to Simondium, including all the towns, rural areas and informal settlements. Their care team ensures that patients and their families are provided with the best quality palliative care and die with dignity. The aim is to manage pain and suffering through early identification and thorough assessment, and to offer support on a physical, psychosocial and spiritual level. More information at drakensteinhospice.org.za or 021 872 4060.
- For more information on all the exciting events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument, call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also numerous resources for school and research projects. Annual permits are available at only R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes unlimited access to the ATM, bistro and Full Moon Picnics. The bistro offers delicious food and beautiful views daily; contact them via co.za or 082 216 2510.