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The Great Big Virtual Race for Runners and Cyclists

Help raise funds for special needs education

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. Elsen Academy, like many other independent schools, took a massive knock over the Covid-19 lockdown period 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 in Cape Town, as well as 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.

If you or your team can run or cycle 1000km in 4 months, why not join the challenge? View our launch video.

Funds raised will go to these independent schools. There is a dire shortage of state schools for children with special educational needs and private schools have stepped in to fill the gap. However, the small teacher : pupil ratios make these schools expensive – hence the need to fundraise to help families with school fees.

For more information please contact Philippa Fabbri, Event Co-ordinator on 083 3608 468 or visit the Registration page.

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