Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Diary Note
UTD grow their community partnership
Underberg – With community outreach as a cornerstone of their events,
Running Man Adventures and Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg have increased their
community engagement to include the Southern Lodestar Foundation, a
nutrition and nutrition educational foundation for children in rural
areas of KwaZulu-Natal.
The team at the Southern Lodestar Foundation is made up of passionate
runners and it was their participation in the 2018 UTD that sparked the
connection and Andre Redinger and his directors saw the relationship as
a perfect fit.
“Spurgeon (Flemington) and Matt (Goode) are incredibly passionate people
and we felt that it was a great match,” Operations Manager at the
Southern Lodestar Foundation Carla van Huyssteen said.
“We have taken the decision to partner with trail running events in KZN
, as a way of creating awareness of child malnutrition and what we can
do to improve it.”
“Trail runners are acutely aware about the importance of nutrition so
they are the right market to appeal to.”
The foundation, although still in its formative years, is developing at
a rapid rate with crèches in various parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the
vision is to expand the programme nationwide.
“We have partnered with crèches in Mpompomeni, St Lucia, Ndwedwe as well
as with the Kiddies College Crèche in Underberg.
“We will include the crèche in our Breakfast Program which sets out to
address nutrient deficiency and malnutrition by providing a
nutrient-rich, breakfast porridge to children.
“The Foundation also provide nutrition education for cooks and
educators, helping them improve the quality of food provided for the
“We are very passionate about the education part of the programme as it
is vital that those preparing the food for the children understand the
importance of nutrition,” Van Huyssteen added.
As has been the case since the inauguration of the event, UTD continues
to support Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Wildlife Act.
Every entrant into any of the four races makes a compulsory donation to
EKZNW as well as to Wildlife Act.
EKZNW are the custodians of the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site,
the area that the event traverses and they are the main beneficiaries of
Wildlife Act and Spurgeon Flemington have an ongoing relationship as the
organisation is doing vital work in the Southern Drakensberg which led
to the connection with Running Man events.
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New partners to the
Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running are the Southern
Lodestar Foundation. A nutrition and nutrition educational foundation
for children in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. Here carers dish up the
breakfast porridge that the children eat daily at selected crèches
The Maloti Drakensberg World
Heritage Site provides the perfect backdrop for the Ultra-Trail®
Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running and that is the reasoning behind
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Wildlife Act being the major beneficiaries of
the event taking place this weekend.
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