Seen here: parkrun Paddy with his guardian, Mary Langebrink at the 2016 Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
On Sunday, 20 May 2018 parkrun Paddy will rally in support of the SPCA at the 4th annual Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.
An 11 year old Jack Russel Terrier from Table View, Paddy was treated like a celebrity at his first Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN in 2016.
According to Paddy’s Guardian, Mary Langebrink, she and her friends are passionate animal supporters. “In 2016 a group of us painted our faces with whiskers (like cats and dogs) and wore SPCA arm warmers and pinned posters to our backs to raise awareness for SPCA’s anti dog fighting campaign. Because we were running for SPCA, we thought that it would be fun to let Paddy wear a SPCA bandana in support of the cause. During this run Paddy was treated like a celebrity, and was stopped on numerous occasions so that people could take photos of him or selfies with him.”
“He participated in this race again in 2017 and was once again a hit,” continues Langebrink. “It was whilst participating last year that my friend Trudy Clayden (now Paddy’s Social Media Officer) and I hatched a plan that in 2018 we would create social media accounts for Paddy to raise funds for SPCA. We decided to take advantage of Paddy’s ‘celebrity status’ and let it help a good cause! The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN is one of those ‘not to be missed’ races. It is by far the most fun race on the Cape Town athletics calendar.”
“It means a lot to our organisation that Mary and Paddy have decided to make their race count for more, by creating awareness and raising funds for the many animals in our care,” says Natasha Johannes, Cape of Good Hope SPCA Fundraising Officer. “The Cape of Good Hope SPCA will celebrate its 146th birthday on the same day as the race. This makes Paddy and Mary’s campaign extra special. Their goal is to raise R5000. This will assist us in caring for over 100 abandoned, rescued, impounded, stray and/or seized cats and dogs. These funds will enable us to administer the necessary treatment to ensure that these animals are parasite free, healthy and happy.”
Established in 1872, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare institution in the country.
Charity Support: When 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.
EVENT INFORMATION: Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN
|Date:||Sunday, 20 May 2018|
|Start Venue:||Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)|
|Finish Venue:||Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)|
|Entry Fee:||Standard Entry: R170 (licensed) / R205 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) / R885 (unlicensed)
The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN forms part of the “Absa Run Your City Series” that includes the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN (taking place on Monday, 24 September 2018 / Heritage Day) and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (taking place on Sunday, 14 October 2018).
Runners taking part in all three events will be rewarded with an unrivalled event experience, a Absa Run Your City Series Performance T-shirt and medal on completion of the third race, the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, where a special hospitality area awaits.
CLICK HERE to watch the Absa Run Your City Series Teaser Video.
About the Absa Run Your City Series:
Absa is proud to bring you the Absa Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
Absa’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.
ISSUED BY: Newsport Media