Beauty queen and fitness enthusiast, Trisha Poona, has challenged fellow Durbanites to step into action in support of the Association of the Aged (Tafta’s) annual Trail Run.
The Mrs South Africa finalist urges runners and families to “get into shape” to race their way through undulating Virginia Bush Nature Reserve on Sunday November,19, 2017, in celebration of Tafta’s mission to inspire active ageing.
Poona is set to join hundreds of runners and walkers, who will test their endurance, celebrate health and fitness and build on community participation through the annual Tafta event.
All proceeds from the event will contribute towards providing a three course meal to Tafta elders during the festive period. Participants are also called on to bring along an item of toiletry that will be donated to Tafta’s needy pensioners as part of its Christmas campaign.
Poona says she decided to throw her support behind Tafta as a result of her love and respect for the elderly and her passion for healthy living.
“We hosted a Christmas lunch every year for the elders at Tafta when I was a pupil at Northlands Girls High. It was such a joyful afternoon filled with eats, gifts and entertainment that we managed to put together.
“I loved being part of the festivities especially watching the smile on the faces of these wonderful people was priceless,” said Poona.
She said motherhood helped her understand the effort and sacrifice involved in rearing a child.
“As you get older and your children move on, there is a void in your life and you become lonely. Festivities like these give the elders something to look forward to. The money raised from this event ensures that the elders at Tafta have a wonderful Christmas party that they deserve.”
In addition Poona encourages young parents to keep fit and active to ensure longevity through the twilight years.
“We are thrilled to have Trisha Poona support Tafta’s Trail Run this year and encourage more Durban families to come out and support this great initiative,” said Gail Samuels, Divisional Manager Income Development and Marketing.
Participants can choose to compete in the 4km at a cost of R50 or 8km at a cost of R80 and can look forward to winning some very exciting prizes at the event. These include a family weekend away in the South Coast sponsored by Platinum Destinations; other hotel accommodation vouchers from Tsogo Sun Hotels, as well as the Riverside Hotel and various gift hampers.
Pre-registration can be completed at www.roag.co.za or www.wardevents.co.za and on-the-day registration begins promptly at 5:45am. The race is scheduled to begin at 7am from Virginia Preparatory School.
For more information contact Ateesha on 031 332 3721 or email [email protected]
OR log onto the Tafta website: www.tafta.org.za
Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Venue: Virginia Bush Nature Reserve
Distance & Entry Fee: 4km– R50 and 8km – R80
Start Time: 07:00