Fun run to help children

OFF THEY GO: Runners take off at the NFB 5km Charity Family Fun Run last weekend

Eager runners gathered at Oxford Striders last Saturday to take part in the NFB 5km Charity Family Fun Run.

The run was held to help raise funds for the Loaves & Fishes Network (LAFN), an organisation dedicated to helping children affected by poverty, violence and HIV/Aids.

LAFN was founded in 2007 by the late Dr Trudy Thomas in response to the poor state of early childhood care she saw in her community.

According to general manager Pateka Mtintsilana, LAFN aims at “providing comprehensive ECD (early childhood development) training, enabling facilities for children, ensuring adequate nutrition of children and mobilising parent and community participation in the education, nurturing and well-being of their children”.

The organisation provides a training programme for principals and teachers to help them gain the necessary skills needed to serve their communities.

“The programme equips these adult learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high standards of care to the vulnerable young children in their centres, whilst positioning them to apply for the ECD subsidy from the department of social development,” said Mtintsilana.

LAFN also runs feeding programmes, community outreach, and helps centres secure proper infrastructure and other resources.

The organisation will be running parenting workshops in July which will involve over 300 parents in different educare centres. Also in July, LAFN will host companies that want to do their Nelson Mandela Day hours at one of their educare centres.

For more information, visit the LAFN website. Alternatively, you can phone 043-722-0010 or e-mail


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