Nan Hua Temple and the Voortrekker Monument Running Club co-hosted the Voortrekker Monument Run over the weekend. The event had numerous pre-entries and also had on the day registrations for the various race categories. On the day of the event, BLIA Pretoria Chapter members handed out VegRun t-shirts to participants and encouraged everyone to wear them.
Chairman of Voortrekker Monument Running Club, Mr Joep Joubert, was very happy for the opportunity to work together with Nan Hua Temple to contribute to charity through running at the beautiful premises of the Monument. He hopes that we can host more meaningful events in future.
Chairman of Gauteng North Athletics Association, John, was ecstatic about the VegRun and hopes that it will better promote athletics in the future and allow everyone to come together and help the disadvantaged people in our society.
Vice-Chairman of BLIA Pretoria, Dr Alice Chan, participated in the 5km ran and was exceptionally happy to have participated in a multicultural run for the first time. Seeing a father of three persevere through 5km with his children whilst pushing a stroller was even more astonishing and left a lasting impression.
The run did not discriminate against people, a deaf family of three participated in the VegRun and completed the 5km run. They hope to raise more awareness of climate change issues and wish to challenge the 10km next time.
Since the commencement of the run in Africa, we estimate that 40 tons of maize meal will be donated to impoverished families.
At the end of the event, Abbot Hui Fang spoke about hosting the VegRun at Voortrekker Monument not only brings together people through running but also reminds us of the hard work by our predecessors to build the rainbow nation. Not only should we appreciate our country but we should also appreciate our planet and bring awareness to climate change issues. We should promote vegetarianism to help combat climate change to protect our planet.