Representatives from those collaborating for the Active Bodies Quadrathlon fundraising event. From left: Zahir January (Active Bodies Sports Development), Nazeer Adams (The Crescent Guest House), Abbas Harris (Active Bodies Sports Development), Elias Parker (Academia Library), Anil Lalla (Vitacare Pharmacy) and Christopher Pharato (Active Bodies Sports Development).
Representatives from those collaborating for the Active Bodies Quadrathlon fundraising event. From left: Zahir January (Active Bodies Sports Development), Nazeer Adams (The Crescent Guest House), Abbas Harris (Active Bodies Sports Development), Elias Parker (Academia Library), Anil Lalla (Vitacare Pharmacy) and Christopher Pharato (Active Bodies Sports Development).

Quadrathlon to assist Cape Town Big Walk beneficiaries

By Kristin Engel Time of article published Oct 13, 2021

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Cape Town - Due to the Cape Town Big Walk having been cancelled for the second year, the Active Bodies Sport Development organisation will be hosting their second virtual fundraising Quadrathlon next month for those young and old of all fitness levels to ultimately assist the usual beneficiaries of the Big Walk that depend on the funding received for their operations and community outreach programs.

Active Bodies chairperson Abbas Harris said the event could be completed from anywhere in the world from November 6 until November 7, and was created to provide a platform for supporting charity organisations using fun activities to improve fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The fund-raiser consisted of virtual cycling (ROAD/MTB/BMX, Indoor trainer), running, walking or hiking, as well as swimming in open waters, dams, rivers, swimming pools and even baths.

The beneficiaries of the Active Bodies Quadrathlon include the Academia Library and Resource Centre, which aids in educating children through literature, and the Smile Foundation, which assists children living with facial conditions in need of corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatment.

Academia Library chairperson and founding member Elias Parker implored groups, schools, families, children and individuals to participate in the inclusive virtual Quadrathlon, and help them reach their target of at least 5 000 entrants.

“While not having the Big Walk did not affect the loaning facility of the library, we are intrinsically involved in outreach programmes such as transporting children in townships to our facilities for them to enjoy what we have to have to offer, which unfortunately came to an abrupt end because there was just no funding for that,” said Parker.

There is a fee of R10 for youth up to the age of 18, and R50 per adult to participate in the Active Bodies Quadrathlon.

Those interested in participating were encouraged to register on https://forms.gle/kvbZQZJHTcyzAaYG9, tag Active Bodies Sports Development with Facebook Live and email all videos, photos and results to [email protected] at the end of the Quadrathlon, or during the activity.

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