Support a worthy cause of the Freedom Runners

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In September, ultra-runners Mimi Anderson (UK) and Samantha Gash (Australia) will begin a 32-day crossing of the Freedom Trail in South Africa. They aim to raise R560 000 to provide education and sanitary products to schoolgirls and women.

Currently, in sub-Saharan Africa, only 57% of all girls attend primary school, with only 17% enrolled at a secondary level. One reason why young girls are not attending school is gender taboos and menstruation. In 2012, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “The greatest return comes from investing in girls and women. When they are educated, they drive development in their families, communities and nations.”

Known as the Freedom Runners, they are partnering with Save the Children to coordinate and implement an integrated business, education and developmental programme.

The runners will begin their expedition on 26 September in Pietermaritzburg and will cover over 2 350km, from the high mountains of Lesotho to the wide-open spaces of the Great Karoo, crossing six mountain ranges, before finishing in Cape Town on 27 October.

Among the campaign contributors are South African actress, athlete and social advocate Vanessa Haywood. The project is also supported by author, media commentator and businesswoman Prue MacSween; experienced expedition and ultra-marathon runner Ray Zahab; health and wellbeing coach Natalie Baldock; founder and medical director of One Life Live It Dr Simone Ryan; as well as digital and creative powerhouse Nic Davidson from the Bushy Creative. To find out more, visit www.freedomrunners.org.