The 6th of May saw the annual Dete 10k Fun run sponsored by the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation bringing the community of Dete together on a crisp morning. The day kicked off with 200 children from over 10 surrounding schools running the 2.5km race, followed by a fiercely contended 10k Fun Run which receives overwhelming support from the Dete as well as further afield communities. Now in its 9th year, the fun run seems to be gaining popularity with every year and the purpose of bringing people together to celebrate community and providing a positive environment is a message that seems to be embraced by young and old.
The organizing committee for the run headed by Mr Tembo and Mr Mathe, Headmasters of St Francis Primary and Detema Secondary School respectively, do an amazing job pre-registering all participants and overseeing the smooth running of the day’s events.
The official proceedings of the event started the day before the race with the visiting of Dingani Primary School, a remote school 15km from the town of Dete where Martin and Hilary Winter, representing the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation from the UK handed out 180 fleece jackets. Dingani is the 9th school in the area to receive the warm jackets, just in time for winter where the mornings are bitterly cold and children walk as far as 4km to school every day.
After the visit to the school, the group continued to the Dete Old Age home where much needed groceries were donated to the 22 residents who depend on donations to stay operational.
Martin and Hilary have supported to Mambanje community for many years and have become an integral partner with the community, providing support through regular visits and connecting them to organizations who are equally passionate in supporting education and grassroots community development. Following the Fun Run, the community with the local leadership, teachers, school children and parents gathered for the official opening of the Mambanje Teachers House, a pivotal point in the development of the community, providing a functional and beautiful house which allows the school to secure qualified long term teaching staff, a huge challenge to many remote schools, however most of all it’s a beacon of pride and hope – the community have built the house with their own hands and the generous donation of the Klein Family Foundation invested in the community by purchasing a Hydraform brick making machine for the building of the house which will allow the community to continue with further building projects as well as using it as an income generating tool, creating independence for the school. Martin and Hilary were also instrumental in securing a grant for the Library and Computer Lab in the school. Martin officially handed over the Library to the community as part of official opening celebration of the teachers house.
The Dete 10k Fun run has been such a growing success that 2017 marks the year that an inaugural Fun run will be run in Chobe on the 13th of May.
We would like to send out a big thank you to all of the people who helped make the Dete 10k Fun run, the visit to Dopota Primary school and Mambanje Community a success, the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation for it’s incredible ongoing sponsorship and support of these communities, the Official Organizing Committee who spends several months leading up to the day co-ordinating the event, PDC who assisted with transport and co-ordinated the medical team, Dete Clinic for their medical back up, National Parks for security, the local schools and officials who register over 1000 participants and ensure a safe and smooth event.