Fun run was held at Ayanda Pre-School

Heading towards the finishing line are four of the participants who took part in 10km run at Ayanda Pre-School in Eastfield in Vosloorus on Thursday, April 27.

Godfrey Mabunda, chairperson of the school, said the run was held to raise funds to build the first private school in Vosloorus – Ayanda Education Academy.

“Margaret Tyobo, founder and CEO of Ayanda Pre-School, has a vision of building a private school that is going offer a high level of education for black children in the township,” said Mabunda.

He said to raise funds, the participants paid a joining fee of about R50 per person.

“They participated in 10km run and 5km run or walk,” Mabunda said.

Tyobo said she was happy, as her dream was almost fulfilled.

“People did not turn up the way I expected because of the long weekend most of them are on holiday. But I am very happy because everything went very well,” said Tyobo.

She thanked parents of the children who are attending at the pre-school for the support.

She said they have long term plan of having more grades in the school.

“We plan to have classes up to Grade Seven in the near future,” said Tyobo.

Ward 95 councillor, Khehla Madlala, said he was very happy as the community understands that children’s education is not only the concern of teachers.

“The way the community attended shows that they understand the importance of their children’s education,” said Madlala.

He said such events need the community’s support.

One of the young participants, Xoli Dlamini (11), said she was happy to complete her 10km run.

“It was fun. I would like to participate in more runs in future,” said Dlamini.

Lymon Zondi (75) said he found completing his 5km run very easy.

“I am happy because I finished ahead of people who are younger than me. I feel like continuing running,” Zondi said.

Senior citizens who participated in the run and walk were awarded silver and bronze medals according to their time.

All participants received certificates.

Phindile Sishange, principal of the pre-school, thanked all the sponsors on behalf of the school.

“Ekurhuleni supplied us with mineral water and the mobile clinic was on hand to care for those who might need urgent help.

“The EMPD social crime prevention unit also supported the event,” said Sishange.

Aaron Damane

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