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The organisers of the Cape’s premier 10km road run, the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN are excited to welcome Cotlands as the event’s third charity in 2019.

“We strongly support Cotlands’ focus on Early Childhood Development (ECD). The organisation offers innovative programmes that promote play-based learning amongst children from 0 – 5 years of age (before they enter formal schooling).  We are exceptionally proud to welcome Cotlands as a charity of the 2019 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN and trust that runners will share our enthusiasm and show their support of this worthy cause,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.

According to Gary Janeke, Cotlands Regional Manager Western Cape, the first five years of a child’s life are critical for the development of a child’s brain.  “If children are not adequately nurtured and protected in the early years, and if they do not receive quality early learning opportunities, they will not be able to develop to their full potential.  Cotlands’ early learning programmes are designed to increase children’s school readiness.  We are excited to be a charity recipient of the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.   Any financial benefits are always gratefully received, but of equal importance is the opportunity to promote our organisation and the work that we do.”

“Unfortunately, many people do not understand the importance of ECD, seeing it as a ‘nice to have’ rather than the catalyst for change that our country so desperately needs,” continues Janeke.  “The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN is about having fun, something that our play-based organisation is passionate about.  Showcasing Cotlands as one of the event’s charities will assist us in promoting our cause and inadvertently generate much needed funds to cover the operational costs of implementing our early learning programmes.”

ABOUT COTLANDS:  Founded in 1936 Cotlands has undergone many changes, but always retained serving young children as its primary goal.  From historical roots as a baby sanctuary, Cotlands initiated its community based programmes in 1999, primarily focusing on HIV and nutrition, and later adding psy­chosocial and educational support to the programmes.  In 2012, Cotlands conceptualised a non-centre based early childhood development (ECD) programme.   Today, Cotlands offers early learning play-based opportunities to thousands of children in six of South Africa’s provinces through toy libraries and playgroups.

For further information or to show support visit www.cotlands.org.za


Date: Sunday, 19 May 2019
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)
Entry Fee: Standard Entry:  R185 (licensed) / R225 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Entry:  R850 (licensed) / R890 (unlicensed)

Entries Close: Monday, 06 May 2019

Charity SupportWhen entering online, runners can choose to make a monetary donation towards either or all three of the Absa Cape Town ONERUN Charities:  1. Cotlands, 2. Die Burger Kinderfonds and 3. The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA.

This year each event charity has also been allocated x200 entries which will be available at R500 each.  When entering on line, runners can choose this specific entry option.  The proceeds will go directly to the selected charity.

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Website:  www.thecapetown12.com

About the Absa Run Your City Series:

Absa is proud to once again bring you the Absa Run Your City Series which  comprises of three unique mass participation events that integrate business involvement, family, diversity, investment in community, world class achievement and fun for all participants, both individuals and businesses alike.

Each of the races are developed to take participants through the historical routes around each city, thereby adding a tourism element to each race, making it more than a race but an economic opportunity for each community.

The Absa Run Your City Series is made up of three races around South Africa, namely, the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com


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ON BEHALF OF:                                  Absa Run Your City Series a Stillwater Sports Initiative