With a fresh route in place and a new start and finish at Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium Outer Fields, the 27th SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge in Durban which takes place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 promises new energy for participants.
This year, there are cash prizes and SPAR voucher prizes totalling R37,250, for the top category runners, and of course, elite athletes will once again be participating in the challenge as part of the nationwide SPAR Grand Prix series.
Now in its 10th year, the SPAR Grand Prix series has a whopping R160,000 cash prize for the top runner with second place taking R53,000 and third R32,000. In addition, the winner of each race will be paid a bonus of R10,000. SPAR also recently announced, as part of the 10 year celebrations of the SPAR Grand Prix, and to help grow the sport of running, that the winners over the last ten years will be mentoring younger runners for all the nationwide 2016 SPAR Women’s Challenges.
The Durban SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge, incorporates a 5km fun run/walk, and will start just north of Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue. Shortly after the start, runners will turn east towards Blue Lagoon on Athlone Drive followed by a scenic stretch going south towards the city on Snell Parade. Just before Suncoast runners turn under the Ruth First Highway and then south back on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue, and clockwise around the Sahara Kingspark precinct and back north on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue to Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium. The 5km runners, will follow the same route but turn north at the Battery Beach Road and Masabalala Yengwa Avenue intersection, heading to the finish.
“As they say, a change is as good as a holiday,” says Race Director Brad Glasspoole. “We have managed to secure a slightly different route this year, providing some lovely long flat stretches that are all on the road for the athletes to really give it their all and incorporated a sea view for both the 10km and 5km events, so it should be exciting to see how things pan out.”
“This promises to be an exciting year for runners, ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games,” says Rob Philipson, MD of SPAR. “But the big focus here is for women and girls to participate in the challenge as a means to work towards a goal of living a healthy lifestyle, which includes having loads of fun doing so, and we will be doing everything to make this event as festive as possible.”
R2 from every entry will go to this year’s official race charity, CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home in Durban, a home-away-from-home to cancer patients receiving cancer treatment far away from their own homes.
As always, big lucky draw prizes are up for grabs at the finish, all female participants will receive a fabulous promo bag on registration, and all participants will receive a breakfast pack on completion of the challenge.
Entries are limited to 18,000. Race registration will be at Berea Rovers, 73 Jacko Jackson Drive (off Masabalala Yengwa Avenue) on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June from 10am to 5pm and on Saturday 4 June from 10am to 3pm.
There are two entry options available: online at www.sparwomensrace.co.za with payment by credit card or EFT, or manual entries which will only be accepted at the race registration on the 3 days prior to the event. Entry forms are available from participating SPAR stores in KwaZulu-Natal and at registration. No entries will be taken on race day.
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Photo by Val Adamson
I heart Market – February Sale Market Saturday 3 February: 9am – 2pm
February is the month of love and the I heart Market will celebrate with its traditional bi-annual “sale” market on Saturday 3 February from 9am to 2pm at Northlands Primary School, in Durban North.
Following two busy and packed festive season markets in its new home at Northlands Primary School, which was well received by customers, February’s I heart Market will offer a range of discounted products.
“We were over the moon with the turn for our first markets at Northlands Primary, with a steady stream of customers, and great sales for our traders who are all small business entrepreneurs,” enthuses Manager of the Market, Tanith Molliere. “Our February market is kind of the “January Sales” market with great offers to help those budgets that may have been stretched during the holidays.”
February’s Market promises a magical shopping experience with wares created with love and care by local artisans and small businesses, reflecting a deep commitment to their artistry and craft. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – there will also be a gorgeous array of “romantically-inspired” products available.
As always, the market is filled with handmade treasures ranging from fine leather goods, unusual ceramics, exquisite jewellery and accessories, innovative visual art, home decor, plants, clothing, condiments and pickles, cured meats, a delightful selection of delicious baked goods. Of course, the usual mouth-watering array of food truck eats, catering to every palate including vegan and vegetarian.
There is also a secure play area for children between the ages of 1 and 6, with qualified Teacher’s Assistants in attendance available for the morning for those parents who want to take a break to shop or enjoy some delicious food. There is a fee of R100 for the morning or part thereof. A “pram park” is also available for people to leave their prams whilst shopping to help avoid congestion in the hall.
The market is housed in the school hall and surrounding gardens from 9am to 2pm, and takes place rain or shine as most of the traders are under cover. Parking is available in designated school areas, with security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
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East Coast Radio House + Garden Showcases Diverse Crafts and DIY Experiences
The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is back, and this year it promises to be a haven for craft enthusiasts and those seeking interactive DIY experiences. Crafting has come a long way from scrapbooking and papier-mâché, we have an incredible line up of specialist crafters that will expand your imagination! With a focus on engaging activities for all, this year’s craft traders will offer a variety of hands-on experiences at their stalls. From crafts for the kiddies to offerings for health and beauty enthusiasts and creative entrepreneurs, visitors can expect an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and creativity.
Craft for the Kiddies
A Toy for You, distributor of toy brand Melissa & Doug, will be a highlight of the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Renowned for their classic wooden toys and realistic pretend play sets, Melissa & Doug products inspire creative thinking through screen-free open-ended play. At the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see and purchase top Melissa & Doug items that are well-crafted and designed to ignite the imagination. The exhibit will also feature a colorful and creative play zone where children can engage with popular toys, such as a wooden kitchen, art easel, and wellness area. Daily themed activities, including sand art and slime workshops, will also be hosted, providing children with countless ways to encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and discovery.
Craft for Health and Beauty Enthusiasts
Alchemists’ Lab offers a unique and new way to experience self-care. With a focus on discovering top-notch, safe, and naturally derived skincare products for diverse skin types, The Alchemists’ Lab sources and develops high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors to their exhibit will have the opportunity to engage in a live interactive Bath Bomb and Bath Salts Station. Participants can personally tailor their products using premium ingredients, choosing scents, colours, and botanicals to create bath bombs and salts that suit their preferences. This immersive crafting experience allows individuals to unleash their creativity and produce items that bring joy and tangible health benefits. In addition to exclusive show discounts, visitors who tag Alchemists’ Lab on social media will receive a promo code for their online store. Every purchase made at their stall during the House + Garden Show will enter visitors into a giveaway to win an entire range of their products.
Craft for Creative Entrepreneurs
Cricut™, a worldwide phenomenon and pioneer in smart cutting machines, opens doors for small business owners and creative individuals through their user-friendly app and versatile devices. Their cutting-edge technology enables the personalisation of various items, from custom cards to unique apparel. At the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, the highly anticipated EasyPress 3 will be made available for purchase. This portable heat press combines speed and convenience with the genius of the Cricut Heat™ app. Visitors at the Cricut stand will have the opportunity to participate in a “spin the wheel” activation and win the chance to personalise a mug, water bottle, or t-shirt free of charge. The aim is to inspire creativity through hands-on experiences, ensuring that everyone leaves the Show with a sense of accomplishment and takes home a personalised item they can cherish. Make sure to visit the Cricut stand for daily prize giveaways and stand a chance to win an exciting Business In A Box competition.
“The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show offers a unique platform for craft traders to showcase their talents and engage visitors in exciting DIY experiences. Whether it’s exploring the world of imaginative play, indulging in self-care through customised products, or unlocking creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will find an array of creative exhibitors ready to inspire your inner artist,” shares Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the House + Garden Show.
For more information and to stay updated on the latest news about the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show sponsored by Plascon, visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow @housegardenshow on Instagram and Facebook.
Green Corridors LitterBooms Team Urges Action to Combat Plastic Pollution on World Oceans Day (8 June)
As part of its observance of United Nations World Ocean Day (8 June) Durban-based Green Corridors urges action from citizens to combat plastic pollution as part of its drive to try to reduce the amount of plastic waste flowing into the oceans in our rivers.
World Ocean Day is an observance day set to remind all global citizens of the “major role the oceans have in everyday life. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.”
One of the critical interventions that countries are looking at is how to prevent plastic going into the ocean. Green Corridors, is an NGO that looks after green spaces and supports communities to work with these spaces, has installed 16 litterbooms onto waterways in the eThekwini Municipality to minimize the flow of plastics into the Indian Ocean.
These litterbooms are large plastic pipes that trap floating waste; the waste is collected by local community co-ordinators, and sorted. Plastics that are not able to be recycled are taken to the Green Corridors KwaMashu Materials Beneficiation Centre and through a process combined with other materials are converted into “green” pavers.
Green Corridors’ litterboom co-ordinator, Siphiwe Rakgabale, says, “There is something like 75- 199 million tons of plastic waste floating about in the oceans, mostly flowing into the sea from rivers. This plastic pollution not only endangers marine biodiversity but also contributes to climate change.”
“Last year Green Corridors were able to remove 2 tons of plastic from our 16 litterbooms,” says Rakgabale. “But this is a fragment of what could be captured and redirected. The waste comes down these water ways through the inappropriate use of storm water drains, lack of waste management services around informal settlements and lack of awareness amongst consumers about the impact of the products they buy”
Green Corridors is calling upon governments, businesses, communities, and individuals to take action and support initiatives that help to minimize the waste flowing into the oceans.
“By investing in sustainable waste management systems, promoting recycling, and raising awareness about the importance of reducing plastic consumption, we can create a positive and lasting impact on our oceans and the planet as a whole,” says Rakgabale.
Green Corridors will participate in a number of events during the month of June to create awareness around waste management and recycling related to the oceans:
- On Saturday 10 June at the World Oceans Day Swim Green Corridors will have a stand at the Durban Beach Club where you can meet the team involved in the litterboom, and clean-ups.
- Also on Saturday 10 June from 2pm, the KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre will be performing at the Global Water Dance Festival at Green Corridors – Green Hub open Grass area.
For more information about Green Corridors go to https://durbangreencorridor.co.za/
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