The Jane Bubear Sports Foundation had its first 10km fun run in 2009 in the small remote town of Dete, Zimbabwe and it has now become an annual event much anticipated by the town and surrounding villages.
Zimbabwe has been crippled from many sides, the HIV/AIDS virus causing the break up of families and large pockets of poverty, especially in rural settings such as Dete and the internal turmoil has brought further struggle to the everyday life of Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe’s economic and political instability has added to the crippled nation’s rural communities. In the local primary schools in the area, over 50% of the students are orphans or vulnerable children where they live with a relative or older sibling. Schools in rural areas struggle especially as they have few teachers, little to no stationary, text books or sporting equipment, often no electricity and children can walk up to 7km every day just to get to school.
The fun run is an opportunity to bring together people as a community, to celebrate life through sport, to just simply have fun in a world where every day is a struggle just to survive. Every runner receives a prize for participating which is much treasured and celebrated. In 2011 the first 2km run for the Primary School children was held prior to the main event and it was a huge success with over 200 students participating. This year we again expect over 1000 participants and many more spectators, a large number for this small rural community.
Over the past few years we have managed to identify key schools which are in need of support and donated fleece jumpers to four primary school’s in the area, totally over 1,200 students so far (Dete is in an area that reaches below 0 degree’s Celsius in winter and these fleece jumpers go a long way, especially when pupils have to walk many km’s to school every day, leaving their homes before the sun is even up). Sports uniforms, laptops, text books, stationary and modems for schools to get online as well as sporting equipment have also been donated through the Dete 10k fun run.
This year our aim is to provide Mambanje Primary school with Happy Readers (follow this link for more information on these books… http://www.happy-readers.com/zimbabwe.htm ) and curriculum educational books for the school. We also aim to supply Chouzhou Primary School with Long Sleeved Fleeces Jumpers.