The best races are run for charity, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) is the proud beneficiary of the upcoming SunMile.
The SunMile race is a speed race in Sandton. It’s a route of approximately 1.6km on Fredman Drive for charity, and is aimed at involving as many company teams as possible, especially those along the race route in Sandton.
The event will be hosted on Thursday 6 April 2017. Event company CEO Craig van der Westehuizen is happy to add the SunMile Executive Challenge. The challenge encourages leaders of business to take to the streets of Sandton and embrace healthy living and in so doing encourage all employees to do the same. Executives are encouraged to take up the challenge and then on-challenge their counterparts in a dash over the ultimate distance, a Street Mile.
The Executive Challenge was started by Pierre Jacobs of KPMG and Rob Collins of Sun International at the launch of the inaugural event. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa will use the funds generated from the initiative to further their work in the country in combating cardiovascular disease, which claims countless lives each year.
An estimated 210 South Africans die each day from heart diseases and the numbers are increasing. “Heart disease and stroke are the second biggest killers in South Africa after HIV/AIDS,” says Professor Pamela Naidoo, the new CEO of the HSFSA. “Our population is becoming less active and our dietary habits are becoming increasingly unhealthy. Conditions that lead to heart disease like obesity, diabetes and hypertension are all on the rise.”
Prof. Pamela Naidoo has also been challenged and will be running the SunMile on Thursday, 6 April 2017 from 18h00. Racers may enter as individuals or in teams of 5 racers. The race will see various popular bands such as Rubber Duc and DJ Euphonik perform at the official after party.