Saturday, October 1 2022

Calling all cyclists, runners, joggers and walkers! Make a difference in the lives of unemployed youth by signing up for the JumpStart Challenge.

Presented by the Mr Price Foundation, the JumpStart Challenge is a sporting fundraising event. Every rand raised goes directly to the Foundation’s JumpStart skills development program, to equip young South Africans with skills for the retail world.

Participants can join the JumpStart Challenge virtually, anywhere in the world, from March 12-20. The physical event will take place at Holla Trails in Sugar Rush Park, Ballito during this time. Sunday March 13 is the big day at Holla Trails. The park will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a fan-park experience is planned.

It’s an exciting opportunity to raise money for South African youth while doing something you love. Get on board and set your own fundraising goals. Challenge others in your network to do the same. A little healthy competition is a great motivator,” said Karen Wells, director of the Mr Price Foundation.

Many South African sporting heroes have already pledged their support for the JumpStart Challenge, including para-surfer David Williams, former Springbok junior Cedric Mkhize, South African rugby legend Jeremy Thomson; as well as Chiara Benati, ambassador of the JumpStart Challenge. Ballito’s Fun Tribe and Maxed Elite Running Club are also championing the challenge and have accepted it.

JumpStart Challenge Categories:

• Virtual run or walk: 3 km, 7 km, 15 km
• Virtual route: 15 km, 50 km, 100 km
• Physical run or walk on Holla Trails: 3.3 km, 8.5 km, 14 km
• Physical mountain biking at Holla Trails: 15 km, 50 km, 95 km

Former Springbok junior Cedric Mkhize (centre) has pledged his support for the 2022 JumpStart Challenge. Photo submitted.

SPAR and Mr Price Sport have joined forces with the Foundation to bring this event to life; and to have an impact on the high levels of youth unemployment in South Africa.

An estimated 9.4 million young people aged 15-34 are not in work, education or training, according to Stats SA Quarter3:2021 Labor Force Survey.

“Millions of young people have lost all hope of finding a job or continuing their education. The MrPrice Foundation is committed to our young people. By developing their skills through JumpStart, we can unlock their career potential and employability. It gives them a greater opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and inequality,” Karen said.

To enter click here.

Admission fees:

• R99pp to virtually ride, run/walk the Challenge.
• R140 to ride, R120 to run at Holla Trails, including permits.
• $10 for international virtual entries

To learn more about JumpStart programs, click here.

Participants in the 2020 Challenge have chosen to make a difference, including (from left to right),
SPAR KZN Distribution Center Marketing Director Menelisi Luthuli, SPAR Group Chairman Graham O’Connor and former Sharks captain Wayne Fyvie. Registrations are now open. Photo submitted.
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