Situated just off Voortrekker Road in Summerpride is Hope Schools, an independent Christian school whose name couldn’t be more fitting.
“Constrained by the love of Jesus, we want to see the brightest possible future for children who are infected, affected or orphaned by HIV/AIDS” – this is Hope Schools’ vision statement.
The NPO-registered school offers a holistic approach to its needy 281 pupils through the provision of quality education, school transportation, nutrition as well as emotional and spiritual care which is not limited to the classroom.
As with the majority of schools, sufficient funding plays a pivotal role in their success at providing scholastic essentials as well as extras that Hope Schools has to give its pupils to ensure they are able to attend school and function at their best.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic dealt fundraising efforts a tremendous blow and as a result they have had to evolve their fundraising events to make up the deficit as much as possible.
One such event is the original Hope Christmas Fair which has been renamed the Hope Adventure Mile and Market. The event has been sponsored by Vodacom4U in Berea, for which the school is extremely grateful.
The revised format promises to add fun and excitement to the festive season.
While the market, which will be held in the recently completed school hall, is sure to provide opportunities to purchase unique Christmas gifts and an assortment of other wonderful goodies, the Adventure Mile is set to challenge participants both mentally and physically.
Teams of four to five members are welcome to enter the race which will consist of a combination of obstacles, strength and endurance challenges, logic puzzles, teamwork tasks and rock climbing.
The adventure is suitable for young and old, experienced or inexperienced persons.
“It’s a race against the clock, with each team working together to conquer the course as quickly as possible and claim the title,” said Hope Schools representative, Evette Joubert.
“In order to limit numbers on the course, each team will be given a specific time slot and there will only be one group on each part of the course at once. This leaves you and your group free to enjoy the day without worrying about social distancing from other racers.
“Simply register, pay the entry fee, show up 10 minutes before your time slot and get ready to race.”
Both the Adventure Mile and Market Day will take place at the school premises, which is just west of Johnson & Johnson, on Saturday December 5 starting from 8am and 9am respectively.
Entry tickets to the market are R10 per person while the entry costs for the Adventure Mile are R50 per adult and R25 per child under 12 years of age. You can register and view the course at https://forms.gle/ESXjdCcqA9T3nvin8
Covid-19 regulations will be in place, so bring your mask.
To book a stall or to purchase tickets to this event, please contact Jess on 072 215 3644.