Sani Stagger Marathon Media Release

 No: SS1902

 31 Oct 2019

Embargo: None

Written by: Nick Tatham

Sani Stagger & the Southern Lodestar Foundation team up

Underberg – As one of the Southern Drakensberg’s premier events, the Sani Stagger will try to build on the work that the Southern Lodestar Foundation (SLF) do in the area through their feeding programme when the event raises funds to help improve infrastructure in seven of the area’s crèches and schools.

Through the relationship developed at Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg, another event run Running Man Adventures (RMA), the SLF identified the Underberg region as one that could benefit from its ground-breaking feeding scheme.

RMA helped in identifying seven crèches that SLF could supply and this has resulted in 470 children in the area receiving a daily meal of fortified porridge. Through their monthly dealings with the crèches RMA felt that there was more that they could do in growing this momentum that SLF had created.

“The SLF team use their logistics partner, Underberg Spar, as a base from where RMA can then deliver the food to the seven crèches in the area and we identified that there are many other issues that need to be addressed as well,” RMA's Spurgeon Flemington said.

“So what we have decided to do is to take a donation from each runner at this year’s Sani Stagger of R20 and put that towards infrastructural upgrades at these crèches. With 1050 runners coming to the 2019 event this seemingly small amount adds up quickly.

“Whether it be fixing kitchens, providing lockable and secure cupboards, repairing buildings, it’s vital that the conditions that these children are being cared for in are safe and hygienic.”

RMA will be rolling out this donation at the Sani Stagger this year and then going forward UTD will also donate part of their entry fee to this infrastructural project.

The intention is to make sure each project is completed prior to the staging of the event so that runners see where their money is going before they take part in the event.

“We are currently working on repairing the walls and roof of a building at one crèche that was in urgent need or repair.

“We are hoping to have it finished before Stagger so that we can show runners what we have done with their money at prize giving.

“That is the plan going forward," he added.

"We will also be having the inaugural SLF Fun Run/Walk at this year’s Stagger. Last year we had a trial run in aid of Clouds of Hope Children’s Aids Orphanage.

"However, as Clouds is now one of the seven crèches/schools falling within the SLF feeding programme, we decided to expand the scope of the Fun Run/Walk under the umbrella of SLF to benefit all seven crèches and schools.

“SLF will be there taking entries and educating people on what they do but the proceeds will go to the infrastructural project.

“The SLF Fun Run/Walk is a great addition to the event with under 12’s paying R20 and over 12’s paying R50 to enter.”

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At this year's Sani Stagger, every one of the 2000 runners will donate R20 from their entry fee while people taking part in the Southern Lodestar Fun Run/Walk will see their entire entry fee donated to the upliftment project aimed at seven crèches in the Underberg area. Anthony Grote/
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