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Lace up for a worthy cause

A new fundraising event for the Helderberg Nature Reserve is set to take place on Sunday 23 February – this time in the form of a trail run and walk.

Local inhabitants need no introduction to the Helderberg. It is iconic in the way it overlooks the town, almost like a colossus protecting its citizens.

The reserve sits at its feet, reaching up as far as the cliff faces. It is owned and managed by the City of Cape Town, with the support of the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve, while the peaks above are managed by CapeNature.

The Friends, a registered non-profit organisation, helps in many ways to promote education, supply information, raise funds, maintain the area and embark on promotional projects aimed at helping the public enjoy and benefit from the reserve.

Now it’s time for the residents to do something for their mountain. With the unfortunate cancellation of this season’s sunset concerts, some local residents have come together to raise funds to assist the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve in its numerous projects.

It is in this context that the upcoming fundraiser exists. The trail run will have three routes – the easy-paced Sugarbird Walk of 3 km is suitable for young children and mothers with prams, while the tougher Caracal Loop, of approximately 6 km, climbs up the side of the mountain a short way before traversing across on some lovely single track, before descending again.

Then there’s the Protea Loop of approximately 10 km, which again climbs higher up the mountain before traversing down again.

These routes are intended to satisfy as many levels of involvement in trail running and walks as possible.

Entries can be done online through enter.myriadevents.co.za or send an email to sue@myriadevents.co.za. Prices range from R50 to R120 if entering online. Entries are limited, you are advised to ensure your place by entering online.

All funds raised will go to the NPO and donations can also be made online on the registration website. Anyone wishing to enter a corporate team of 10 people can acquire a bulk-entry form by contacting Sue.

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