The Continental Run2Stop Challenge teams arrived in Bloemfontein on Sunday after travelling for three days on foot, bicycle and by car.
The two teams, Tyreminators and Contouchthis captained respectively by former Bafana Bafana players, Bradley Carnell and Helman Makhelele, started their first activity with a soccer coaching clinic early this morning (Monday) at Batho Primary School in Batho Location in Bloemfontein where they were joined by the Bloemfontein Celtic soccer team.
School principal, Mr Rakgabi Mafoyane, said the school was grateful to be chosen for this event. “We cannot divide education from sport. Today’s soccer clinic gives our learners hope for the future,” said Mafonyane.
As part of the ongoing challenge between the Run2Stop teams, they had to pack meals for Stop Hunger Now. The local Premier Soccer League team lent a hand and helped the teams to complete their challenge for charity. In total 2 590 meals were packed within 35 minutes. These meals were donated to the underprivileged students at the Freestate University.
The Continental Run2Stop Challenge started in Port Elizabeth on Friday where 3 240 meals were packed within 50 minutes and donated to Nelson Mandela Bay’s Disaster Relief in aid of victims of the recent floods in the area.
The teams are expected to arrive in Johannesburg on Friday, 2 November. Along the route they will be visiting several schools where soccer coaching will take place and more meals will be packed at Conti Partner Dealers in towns along the way, said Gishma Johnson, Continental Tyre South Africa Corporate Communications Manager.
From the Free State the Contouchthis team travels through the Northern Cape while Tyreminators journeys through Mphumalanga.