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Seen here:  Members of URC (United Reformed Church) in action. 

Photo Credit:  Cape Town Carnival

Cape Town – Runners and walkers taking part in the 3rd annual Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday, 21 May 2017 are in for a treat with on-route entertainment consisting of performing arts groups that are making a difference in their communities.

Leading groups to look out for on the day will include:  Limited Edition Drum Corps, the Western Province Marching Association, Drum Café, URC (United Reformed Church), Waterfront Theatre School Hype Group, Fairmont High Majorettes and budding artists from the Amy Foundation to mention just a few.

Limited Edition Drum Corps marched into the limelight in 2010, when the group reached the finals of the SA’s Got Talent Competition.  Group members live in Manenberg, where poverty, gangsterism, crime and drugs form part of their challenges.  Instead of giving in to these circumstances, they rose above them and made their dreams come true.

According to Ismail Sampson, Manager of Limited Edition, the group is excited to be part of an event that promotes a healthy lifestyle.  “We cannot wait to showcase our talent, while creating new and unique experiences,” says Sampson.  “Runners can expect a breath-taking performance by one of South Africa’s most popular drumming groups.  We hope to motivate all runners to continue running until the finish line.”

The Western Province Marching Association will also be seen in action at the 2017 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.  Piloted by Portland High School with overwhelming success, the Western Province Marching Association was introduced as a life orientation activity in 2006.  “Runners can look forward to a memorable performance,” says Elaam De Villiers, Secretary of the Western Province Marching Association.  “We cannot wait to experience the amazing vibe that the event is renowned for.   We strive to build future role models for our learners.  By being part of the event the children will gain experience and exposure.  We are thankful for the amazing opportunity.”

Runners can also look forward to a colourful performance by Fairmont High’s Majorettes.  According to Karen Donachie, Fairmont is one of the oldest Majorette teams in Cape Town having started forty years ago when the school first opened its doors.  “It is an honour to be involved with this prestigious event,” says Donachie.  “The girls are proud of their sport and enjoy performing for the public.  While performing at the event will give the team much needed exposure, the payment received also helps a great deal with our fundraising efforts.   We have girls from all walks of life in our team and some cannot afford the fees.  Runners can look forward to lots of colour in our uniforms and props, great music and exciting displays.”

An authority on traditional African music, Drum Café is sure to make a lasting impression on runners.  “We are synonymous with group drumming and interactive team building,” says Sue Schlesinger, Drum Café Cape Town.  “We run an interactive event with the aim to build teams one beat at a time.  Runners can look forward to the magic of African music and the rhythm and energy that we will create as we guide them to the finish line.”

The youth from the Amy Foundation (Formerly Amy Biehl Foundation Est 1997) will also be seen in action on event day.  A non-profit organisation, the Amy Foundation specialises in programmes that develop and empower children and youth (5-25 years of age) in challenged and vulnerable communities in the Cape Town area.  “The Foundation cannot function without partnerships,” says Kevin Chaplin, Managing Director of the Amy Foundation.  “The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN will grant our beneficiaries the fantastic opportunity to showcase their hard work in the performing arts.  This will allow them to gain a better understanding of events, while giving them the chance to perform to the general public, supporters and runners.  We are bringing a Marimba group consisting of 10 learners from Vukukhanye After School Centre in Gugulethu as well as a traditional dance group consisting of 15 learners.  The runners and spectators will be wowed by the high energy and excitement created by these young people. The vibe will be fantastic!”


Date: Sunday, 21 May 2017
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: Portside Building, c/o Mechau and Bree Streets (Cape Town, CBD)

Prize PurseThe 2017 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN boasts a Prize Purse to the value of R200 000.  CLICK HERE to view the 2017  Prize Purse Breakdown.

Charity SupportWhen entering online, runners can choose to support either or both the Absa Cape Town ONERUN Charities:  The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA and Die Burger Kersfonds.

Facebook: Ctown12 / CapeofGoodHopeSPCA

Twitter: @CTown12 / @SPCACape

For more information on the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN contact 074 927 4838, email entries@thecapetown12.com or visit www.thecapetown12.com

About the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN sponsorship:

Absa Business is proud to be the title sponsor of the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.  This sponsorship forms part of our ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on healthy lifestyle and family involvement, and impact the environment they operate in positively. Road running is an inclusive sport that allows us to engage with a larger audience and support sporting disciplines that advance our commitment to building, enduring and rewarding relationships across communities in which we operate. The fresh and unique nature of the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN is aligned to our belief in innovation; a belief that celebrates new ideas, fresh thinking and creating unique experiences.


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ON BEHALF OF:                                  Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN a Stillwater Sports Event