Eastern Cape autism warrior and parent Liz Bain thought up the idea to run 1000km in 4 months to raise awareness and funds for her son’s school, Elsen Academy in Central, Gqeberha, which like other independent schools over Covid-19 took a massive knock as some parents were left without work and unable to pay fees. Liz and her friend, Sandy Rubin, will both be running the full 1000km on their own.
Elsen Academy decided to extend this challenge to other schools across South Africa which cater for children with neuro-diversities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and launched its Great Big Virtual Race South Africa on World Autism Day on 2 April.
So far, Oakley House, Crossroads and Cedarwood Schools in Johannesburg, have joined in the race to cover 1,000km to help raise funds for special needs education.
The virtual race starts on 1 May (Worker’s Day) and lasts until 31 August.
HERE IS WHAT THE GREAT BIG VIRTUAL RACE FOR KIDS IS…
If you or your team can run 1000km in 4 months, why not join the challenge?
Funds raised will go to these independent schools. There is a dire shortage of state schools for children with special educational needs, hence private schools have stepped in to fill the gap. However, the small teacher:pupil ratios make it expensive – therefore the need to fundraise to help families with the school fees.
For more information contact Philippa Fabbri (Event Co-ordinator) on 083 3608 468
#SHOWLOVE and read some of our other community articles too: Think out the box – daycare in times of Covid-19 and Lockdown Education – 7 Ways to Survive ‘Crisis Schooling’… with plenty more in the Community Category 💛