USING physical activity to bring awareness to a cause is fast becoming a trend in Nelson Mandela Bay with the latest a walk and run to shine the light on women and child abuse.
The walk, which is hosted by youth organisation InkuluFreeHeid (IFH), will be held from 8am on Saturday August 31 at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton.
IFH is a national youth-led organisation formed two years ago to engage communities on social, political and economic issues. Eastern Cape IFH spokesman and director Olwam Mnqwazi said the day was aimed at educating the community about where to seek help if they were abused.
"The idea was birthed out of the growing culture of women's races like the Spar Ladies Challenge and the lack of accessibility of races of this nature to women in townships," he said.
"IFH aims to provide a powerful experience that will unite all communities in saying 'Enough is enough', whilst also educating the community about seeking help and empowering individuals."
The walk, which comprises a long and a short route, will start and finish at Nangoza Jebe Hall parking area in Msimka Road, New Brighton.
The route will continue down Ntshekisa Road and into Ngesi Street.
The short route will take Aggrey Street to Ntshekisa and return back to the Charles Duna Primary. The long route will continue across Embizweni circle, down Mendi Street, up Ferguson Road, right into Ntshekisa Road and back to Nangoza Jebe Hall parking area.
Mnqwazi said the organisation – which is endorsed by several high-profile individuals including apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela Bay business woman Dr Bridgette Gasa – was formed in order to encourage the youth to engage the government regarding their issues.
"We identified an opportunity outside party politics which would make it possible to address some of South Africa's problems. We wanted to create and add value to civil society by bringing various groups together the same way United Democratic Front did.
"We believed that for a lot of young people it was not cool to care about the country and its politics and we wanted to make it cool [to care].
"We believe that young people must put pressure on government and political parties to take youth issues seriously," he said.
ýFurther information, contact Loyiso Saliso, 073-8389477 or Sesethu Gqomo, 074-7540960.