Hundreds of female runners along the Garden Route took to the streets of George at the weekend to raise money for charity. The inaugural Heather Park SUPERSPAR Sunrise Challenge saw almost 400 participants take full advantage of perfect weather conditions to raise R5 000 for special needs school Up With Down’s on Saturday. The women-only event – which followed an undulating course through the suburbs of Heather Park and Rooirivier Rif – offered 5km, 10km and 2km relay options. “We decided to hold a women’s race as we wanted to do something different,” said Heather Park SUPERSPAR owner Duncan Brown. “We also wanted to add a fun element, so men were allowed to enter if they were dressed in drag.” Brown said pupils from the school held a market day at Heather Park SUPERSPAR every Thursday to raise funds and this gave him the idea to use the race as a platform to support their efforts. He said they were hoping to attract more than a thousand runners to next year’s event. “Our aim is to help people in our area while having some fun, but we need the support of the community.” Race organiser Danie Raubenheimer, from the George Nedbank Running Club, said planning for next year’s event would start soon and that businesses and schools would be their main focus. “We would also like to get more top athletes to take part because children love to see their heroes in action.” The prize for the best-dressed male went to Jan Nel while the Purple Turtles was voted the best-dressed relay team. Melissa van Rensburg of George won the 10km feature event ahead of Alison Jordaan (George) and Lisl Grobler (Knysna). Go to www.facebook.com/sparinaction to view some fun photos of the race and to keep abreast of SPAR’s initiatives in the Eastern Cape. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 082 575 7991 041 368 4992 email@example.com www.fullstopcom.com On behalf of: SPAR Eastern Cape More Info: . . .
From the 26th of October to the 7th of December, McDonalds Port Elizabeth will be donating R1 to Operation SMILE Madiba Bay every time you upsize your fries. The initiative will be supported by all the Port Elizabeth franchises and will be implemented in association with Kingfisher FM. McDonalds has committed to donating up to a total of R 20 000 to the organisation and encourages the public to participate. Each Port Elizabeth store will have a Chip Meter inside so that the public are able to track the store’s donation to date. Each of the four stores have a R 5000 donation goal. “We always like to get the public involved in our CSR projects as we realise that their participation in whatever we do whether it is in our business or other investments such as our corporate social responsibility, we can only reach maximum success through their participation,” says Frank Greyling, franchise owner of the four McDonalds in Port Elizabeth. Operation smile Madiba Bay is a registered Public Benefit Organisation working in the community district of Port Elizabeth. The core focus of professional service offered by the organisation is a discipline of Paediatric Palliative Care. This constitutes the holistic care and well-being of clinically referred children who suffer the impact of any life limiting or life threatening disease. “We wanted to choose a charity that works within our community and makes a difference in our own city. Operation Smile has been doing amazing work and we want to support them in doing so, but need the public’s support as well,” added Frank. More Info: Author: Gabriela V from Boomtown. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: L-R: Frank Greyling (McDonalds), Maureen Lamb (Project Smile Madiba Bay), Jacques Venter (McDonalds) and Theunis Pienaar (Kingfisher FM) standing at the beach front McDonalds billboard. [/l2g] . . .
First National Bank has announced that it will forge new sponsorship trails as official prize money sponsor to the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race, which takes place around Knysna in February next year. Race organiser Louise Wilson of Garden Route Events said the financial institution’s involvement was “massively exciting” as it meant that the prize purse would almost double for the third edition of the three-day event. Wilson said the R70 000 cash injection would enable them to attract some of the country’s top riders and grow the 300km race, which was recently rated as offering the best value for money per kilometre in an online poll. She said R50 000 would go to the overall winners, while the remaining R20 000 would be given away in three daily lucky draws, affording all entrants the chance to walk away as winners. “Good sponsorship is essential to maintain the level of service mountain bikers have come to expect from our stage races.” According to FNB provincial head for the Western Cape, Stephan Claassen, the institution preferred to avoid high-profile sports and rather took the road less travelled when it came to sponsoring events. “First National Bank believes in investing in sponsorships that will contribute to the development of the community as a whole,” said Claassen. As a community engagement brand, he said the bank’s sponsorship decisions were based on the particular merits of each event. “Our ongoing strategy is to support local events that demonstrate the potential for growth. This also gives us the opportunity to actively show our support for the local economies and businesses within our communities.” Claassen said FNB was delighted to be involved with one of the premium cycling events on the national calendar. “The event epitomises the values associated with the sport – healthy living, outdoor activity and a focus on family. FNB places a great deal of emphasis on our values and principles, so mountain . . .
Media Release Date: 1 November 2012 Subject: Kia KZN Expedition “One of the best” Four-time expedition winner, Andrew Hill is set to defend his title for the fourth consecutive year when he takes on The Kia KZN Expedition, presented by OUTsurance. Hill has won the event three times out of the last three races. The full time mountain biker said that he is very excited about the race and is looking forward to defending his title in one of KZN’s toughest mountain bike races, and will be racing in the colours of TIB Insurance Brokers. “This race is particularly tough when you compare it to other local races, the length is one factor one needs to consider, and the route itself can be underestimated when you look at the overall climbing” said Hill. The Expedition draws hundreds of participants each year, with a 40km trail for less experienced riders, and the full 80KM for serious competitors. “This year the last big climb with 20km to go has been removed, and this makes the racers upfront a bit nervous because of fewer attacking options, and it is sure to add to the challenge. The short kicker climbs in the valley around the dam will also “burn matches” if you push too hard.” The KZN expedition takes riders through breath-taking scenery around the Valley of 1000 Hills, and is popular with riders who enjoy being out in nature. “Riding through the valley is something really special; it really feels as if you are far away from any big city and in the middle of the bush. The trails are spectacular and rugged and have a different feel to the normal mountain bike trails you find elsewhere. The race is definitely one of the best” said Hill. When asked about what impact the race has on the Valley, Hill said that the Valley could only benefit from races such as the KZN Expedition. “I would like to believe any form of exposure and participant access to the valley is good. As long as we can foster the positive attitude a race such as this can offer, we . . .
Two years ago, the South African Post Office released a series of stamps featuring artworks executed in traditional African beadwork. The original beadwork pieces selected and the newly issued stamps can be seen in the exhibition entitled The 8th Definitive Series of Stamps: The luminous beauty of South African beadwork on Stamps at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 11 November 2012 The beaded works of art used on the stamps and other philatelic products were selected exclusively from the permanent collections of the Art and Social History Collections departments at Iziko Museums of South Africa. The 8th Definitive Stamp Series of Stamps acknowledges the beauty and aesthetic value of South African beadwork. The exhibition showcases seven stamp designs, postcards, an aerogramme, different self-adhesive stamp-booklets and an illustrated coffee-table book, as well as commemorative covers and cancellers. The entire series was designed by the Philatelic Services of the South African Post Office. “The stamps portray culturally significant items over time in South African society,” says Johan van Wyk, head of Philately at the South African Post Office. “They range from a traditional Tsonga fertility figure, to a modern bead cellphone rendered in beadwork.” Iziko Museums of South Africa is proud of the seven-year collaboration to select, advise, research and facilitate the photography of the beadwork adornment from its collections, which is also on display. Photographed by Sasha Lipka, the stamps focus on detail rather than the whole item. “The small stamp format lent itself best to photographs focusing on selected details of a particular item, instead of images of entire items,” says Van Wyk. Glass beadwork dates back to the 1600s or even earlier, when tiny glass beads were imported from Europe into South Africa as a means of exchange. Their colour and luminosity made them instantly desirable to local populations, and swiftly replaced the natural . . .
The winning teams of the 2012 Spur Masidlale soccer league were treated to an unforgettable experience when they took the field as mascots for Orlando Pirates this weekend. Both the Sapebuso girls’ and boys’ teams finished top of the log in their categories and walked off with the 2012 Soweto Spur Masidlale championship trophies and the grand prize, which included lunch at the Spur and a PSL mascot experience. After being treated to a terrific meal at Wild Spear Spur in Soweto they arrived at Orlando Stadium in high spirits on Sunday. Emotions were running high and excitement levels reached fever pitch as the kids were ushered into the stadium singing and dancing. After donning their Orlando Pirates kit, they were ready for action and had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking through the tunnel onto the pitch. Both Orlando Pirates and Amazulu shared the enthusiasm of the young soccer stars and joined in with singing and clapping – making the kids beam with joy. A total of 400 learners from ten primary schools in Orlando battled it out during the league and although the competition was fierce, the hard work, team spirit and good soccer skills secured the top spot for Sapebuso Primary. Both the Sapebuso girls’ and boys’ teams finished top of the log in their categories and walked off with the 2012 Soweto Spur Masidlale championship trophies. The grand prize included lunch at the Wild Spear Spur in Soweto before heading off to the Orlando Stadium. According to project manager Khakhi Diala, the Spur Masidlale soccer league has touched the lives of more than 30 000 children. The initiative not only thought these kids soccer and life skills, but also developed and groomed more than 700 coaches and visited over 100 stadiums in South Africa since its launch in 2005 in association with Let’s Play. “The programme is about so much more than just soccer and we were very fortunate to have some of the top PSL players involved during the league to teach . . .
Longridge Wine Estate recently expanded its international footprint when it was afforded the opportunity to supply wine for the Hungarian commemoration of the 1956 uprising against communism, held in Cape Town on 28 October 2012. A delegation from the Hungarian Embassy led by Hungarian ambassador Mr Bela Laszlo and his wife Julia, Honorary Consul Andre Pelser and the Deputy Head of the Consul Mission visited the wine estate to personally taste and select the wines to be served during the reception. Ambassador Laszlo was extremely impressed by the elegant food and wine pairing conducted by Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats and chef Bruce Von Pressintin. “This is a truly beautiful place and the rolling hills surrounding the estate somehow remind me of the foothills in Hungary. Absolutely magnificent!” declared Mr Laszlo. The 23rd of October is an important day on the Hungarian calendar as it commemorates the 1956 Hungarian revolution, which saw uprisings against the Soviet imposed policies of the then government. Thousands lost their lives and became refugees during battles against the state security police and Soviet troops. Although the uprising was suppressed, it is widely viewed as the country’s first stance against communism. According to Jasper Raats of Longridge, it was an honour to have their wines served at this historically significant occasion. “We were very proud when we were approached to present our wines at such an auspicious event as this date carries huge significance for the Hungarian people. Hungary itself is widely acknowledged as a wine producer and is home to the world-famous Tokaji wines, which became the subject of the world’s first appellation control. We look forward to developing an enduring relationship with Hungary in the future.” Longridge wines, which took centre stage on the day, included the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. . . .
5FM Sports presenter Sias du Plessis has pledged his support to The Unlimited Child and will take on The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon in February next year to raise funds and awareness for the organisation. Sias and his new paddling partner Ryan Thompson will take to the water in their K2 as part of The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch in aid of The Unlimited Child, which provides educational toys, caregiver training and support to enable underprivileged crèches to give children the stimulation they need to achieve their full potential in life. The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch is an online bidding system, which allows paddlers the opportunity to bid for a position in an earlier starting batch each day with all bids being donated to charity. A daily head start offers a huge competitive advantage as the paddlers will be out on the water earlier to beat the midday sun and will also avoid the congestion as more batches set off from the starting line. A record amount of R368 020 was raised this year for The Unlimited Dusi’s official charities, namely The Unlimited Child, the SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust). Bidding for 2013 Charity Batch starting positions open on Saturday, 1 December 2012. According to Sias, affectionately dubbed Ginger by morning show host Gareth Cliff, his 2012 maiden Dusi was an unforgettable adrenaline rush and he is looking forward to getting out on the water again – especially as he will be raising much needed funds and awareness for such a worthy cause. “Although I have not had much time on the water since The Unlimited Dusi 2012, I’m very excited about taking part again and will use the next couple of months to prepare. Being out on the water is quite a challenge, but worth the effort to be part of one of the biggest canoe marathons in the world,” said Sias. Du Plessis is kicking off his fundraising campaign this week with a Comedy Night @ The Studio at Primi Rosebank. Sias partners up with local comedians Dillan . . .
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the Festival. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. “As always, we’re looking forward to programming an exciting selection of productions. Artists who want to be part of the 2013 Fringe have until 18 January to get their forms in to us, and we’re on hand before then to help with any questions they may have,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said. Applications for the 2013 Fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown opened on Monday, 29 October 2012. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. More Info: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Now for something completely different as the Grande Roche Hotel presents “Bubbly & Braai on Saturday 17 November. As part of their Culinary Innovations evenings and knowing that South Africa has some of the best Mèthode Champenoise wines in the world guests will be introduced to the superb wine making skills of Saltare, Bon Courage, Laborie, Silverthorn and Plaisir de Merle . Prepare for an evening of fun at this historic hotel where guests can spill out on to the lawns enjoying crisp bubblies, luscious, refreshing finger fork style appetizers and the tantalising aromas and tastes from the braai. Think prawn skewers, oysters done in their shells and more as we enjoy the promise of summer. Our journey will be hosted by well known radio personality Keri Miller and the evening will be informal and informative as we meet the wine makers and taste the finely crafted sparkling wines. From Saltare, based in Stellenbsoch, winemaker Carla Pauw introduces guests to the refreshing Brut Nature, a 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir – a wine that is made with passion and some enthusiastic friends who help start each vintage on a lively and energetic note. Made in rented cellar space the wine is made in small quantities so is coveted by those in the know. Two Winemakers Choice Diamond award winners are on the tasting menu from Bon Courage from the Robertson area. JB Cuvee Rose Brut 2006, their first wonderful rosé which is perfect to drink now. An elegant Method Cap Classique this wine has a silky richness on the palate full of red berries balanced with a subtle mineral undertone. The JB Brut Reserve 2008 is a handmade Cap Classique guided through the cellar by winemaker Jacques Bruwer and lovingly finished by hand. Historic Paarl based Laborie has been making wine since 1698 and guests will enjoy Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique and Laborie Rosé. The Blanc de Blanc displays lovely toast, citrus zest, nougat, apple and honey, the wine is creamy and perfectly balanced . . .