Talisman Foundation set to build team spirit at Totalsports Women’s Race

Seen here (from left to right):  Talisman Facilitators Mbali Nyathi, Tiffany Lewis and Ryan Bateman.

A group of 15 Talisman Foundation facilitators and residents will toe the line at the Totalsports Women’s Race on Friday, 09 August 2019 as part of a fun team building exercise.

Established in 1979 in Parktown Johannesburg as a residential home for persons diagnosed with mental illness, the Talisman Foundation has since expanded its services and changed to a rehabilitation model that fosters independent living.  Due to an increase in demand for their services, the foundation relocated to a bigger premises in The Hill, in the south of Johannesburg in 2003. 

According to Minda Kruger, Psycho-Social Facilitator at the Talisman Foundation, the programmes have since become more independence and empowerment driven.  “Our vision is to be the premier rehabilitation centre for individuals living with mental illness and addiction problems,” says Kruger.  “We accomplish our vision by providing quality care for our residents, encouraging our residents to participate in their rehabilitation, keeping our residents connected to the outside community, providing an environment that is conducive to rehabilitation and promoting an environment of compassion and caring within the foundation.”

“This will be the second year that we participate in the Totalsports Women’s Race,” confirms Kruger.  “We absolutely loved the experience in 2018.   The event is the prime opportunity for our residents to engage with other runners, while building team spirit in order to encourage them to do more events outside of Talisman.  We are excited to be able to further the cause for mental health awareness.”

Members of the Talisman Foundation team had the following to say about the Totalsports Women’s Race:

  • “The Totalsports Women’s Race was fun and challenging.  It got me up and I am going to keep fit,” says

Denzil Appalasamy.

  • “The event was really enjoyable.  It was inspiring to be amongst so many women running for a cause,” says

Trusha Bhana.

  • “It was a great race, well organised and well supported,” says Wayne Reith.  “The pink theme worked well,

both men and women were out in support.”

  • “I entered the 2019 event because I am part of a fantastic institution, the Talisman Foundation,” says

Betsy Duvenhage.   “We get encouraged to have a healthy mental life, which goes hand in hand with a

healthy physical life.”

Event Information:  2019 Totalsports Women’s Race  

For the first time since the event’s inception in 2001, South Africa’s largest Women’s Day Celebration, the Totalsports Women’s Race will be hosted on one day (Friday, 09 August 2019 / National Women’s Day) across three major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban).

Date:  Friday, 09 August 2019 / National Women’s Day
Venue: Durban:  Kings Park Athletics Track
  Johannesburg:  Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown
  Cape Town:  Grand Parade, Cape Town CBD
Start Time: 10km / 08:00
  5km / 08:15
Entry Fee:  
10km licensed runner R130.00
5km R100.00
10km Durban unlicensed runner R160.00 (temporary license included)
10km Johannesburg  unlicensed runner R165.00 (temporary license included)
10km Cape Town unlicensed       runner R170.00 (temporary license included)
Entries Open: ONLINE entries open:   Monday, 01 April 2019 ONLINE entries close:  Friday, 26 July 2019 Enter via:  www.totalsportswomensrace.com 
  IN-STOREentries open:  Wednesday, 01 May 2019
  IN-STORE entries close:  Monday, 15 July 2019
  Selected Totalsports Stores:     KZN:  Westville Pavillion, Gateway, Musgrave, The Bluff and West Street Gauteng:  Sandton, Menlyn, Maponya Mall, Carlton Centre, Pritchard, Newtown and Eastgate. Western Cape:  Canal Walk, Tygervalley, Waterfront and – Cavendish Women.

Each entrant will receive a fitted Event T-shirt, a Totalsports Head Scarf and a finisher’s bracelet while being treated to an entertaining route experience with refreshment points.

Charity Support:  The Totalsports Women’s Race proudly supports PinkDrive, a Non-Profit Company (NPC) that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering free services to the medically uninsured across South Africa. PinkDrive will be present at the Totalsports Women’s Race (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town) offering FREE clinical breast examinations and educating on the importance of self- breast examinations.   

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For more information on PinkDrive visit www.pinkdrive.co.za.  For further information or to enter the Totalsports Women’s Race visit www.totalsportswomensrace.com


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