Cape Town, 17 May 2015
On Sunday a team of participants from U-turn Homeless Ministries took part in the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
U-turn Homeless Ministries works to restore the self-worth and self-esteem of adult street people by addressing their spiritual, physical and emotional needs. The aim of the organisation is to help rehabilitate them back into society.
The involvement of the programme participants was unexpected. In the weeks leading up to the race U-turn launched a sports fundraising and awareness campaign called the Big 5 Challenge. Campaign supporters are asked to take part in five sporting events or gather a team of 5 to help garner awareness on behalf of U-turn.
Unexpectedly, in the planning stages, the programme participants became excited about the prospect of taking part in the Big 5 Challenge themselves. Soon after their first meeting, the opportunity to run in the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN became available and they went for the challenge!
One participant, Ephraim Galetta is passionate about his success in the U-turn programme. Driven by his strong faith, he has been able to overcome great personal obstacles. Ephraim was living on the street for 12 years and in prison for 6 after turning to a life of crime. He is in recovery from an addiction to tix, mandrax and alcohol and Sunday marked 211 days of sobriety. The race on Sunday signified the next obstacle in Ephraim’s life: timed road races.
All of the U-turn Homeless Ministry participants completed the race, some with no prior training and none had competed before. Their times were impressive, finishing the 12-kilometer race between 55 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes.
Thanks to the generosity of the race organisers, brand ambassador Blake Dyason and U-turn supporter Stacey Lamb, the participants had race numbers, food, gear and shoes.
As the participants were preparing to run on Sunday they took a moment to answer the race questions, “What do you run on?” Their answers included “hope”, “good motivation” and “music”.