Aandwedloop Taalmonument 2017

Fun Evening Run above Paarl in aid of children with autism

Given the huge increase in childhood autism cases, it’s the best time to step up for a jog or walk in aid of the Boland School for Autism. In addition, medals, cash prizes and lucky draws are at stake when the Afrikaans Language Monument’s and Paarl Athletics Club’s annual Evening Run takes place on Wednesday 6 December 2017 on the picturesque Paarl Mountain. Participants and supporters can also trust the monument to offer the perfect picnic and ‘kuiering’ places.

The fun 5km Word Race, starting at 18:40, is aimed at the whole family. Even prams are welcome! The entry fee is R20 and participants enter with an original, fun Afrikaans word instead of a number. The 10km Evening Run, presented in accordance with the rules of Athletics South Africa and Boland Athletics, starts at 18:30; it follows an exciting and challenging route on tar and dirt roads. The entry fee is R50 and temporary numbers (for those who are not members of an athletics club) are available for R30. In both cases walkers are also welcome, so there is no excuse not to feel healthy, happy and generous.

Participants can register in three ways: online before 1 December at www.entrytime.com or www.sa-active.co.za (at R6 extra per registration), at the Language Monument (daily from 08:00 to 17:00) as well as on the day of the race itself between 17:00 and 18:15. Access is free for fans. Make a great evening of it: bring a picnic basket or order one at the Volksmond Coffee Shop on 021 863 2800 (R300 for two persons and R400 with basket included). This recently improved and enlarged coffee shop will also offer refreshments for sale.

Boland School for Autism, a registered non-profit organisation, was founded in 2010 and houses tens of learners from as far as Tulbagh, Stellenbosch, Saron and Wellington. The school’s team consists of teachers, assistants, occupational and speech therapists, a biokineticist, an educational psychologist and a school manager who all firmly believe that every child has the right to education. Parents cannot always afford all these services, thus the monument offers this opportunity to help raise money.

For inquiries about the 10km race, contact Sybrand du Plessis on 083 770 5107, and for inquiries about the 5km Word Run, contact Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or marketing2@taalmuseum.co.za.