Nedbank Namibia launches Bridge Run

SPORTS REPORTER

WINDHOEK

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, 23 May, Nedbank Namibia will host a nine-day Bridge Run under the theme ‘Run Alone, Stand Together’.

“As a strategic partner in supporting healthy living and overall wellness, Nedbank Namibia, together with OTB Sport, came up with an innovative solution to not only come to the aid of runners, but to also financially support those Namibians finding themselves in dire straits,” a statement on the event read.

Hosted in collaboration with IJG Securities, the Bridge Run represents the bond between Namibians who, despite their own realities, are committed to sharing resources with the less fortunate.

Nedbank’s JG van Graans said the event is aimed at fostering and strengthening links between and within communities.

“That is exactly what we, as Nedbank Namibia, would like to achieve. There are glaring inequalities in our society. However, together we are and can do better.”

Road running

Nedbank Namibia has always been instrumental in promoting road running in the country by hosting the biggest annual mass running event in Namibia, the Nedbank Citi Dash, which takes place in the capital.

The bank is also an anchor sponsor of the Hangana Hake Run and Ride, a flagship annual event at the coast. “The innovative approach to the Nedbank Bridge Run is certainly necessitated and amplified by the unprecedented times we are currently experiencing as a result of Covid-19. However, this does not detract from the undisputed yearning to keep fit and stay healthy despite the stringent measures relating to maintaining social distancing,” Van Graans added.He further said Nedbank supports government’s initiatives and efforts to flatten the curve.

“This is why the introduction of the Nedbank Bridge Run excites us, as it provides a platform for runners to participate in an initiative aimed at rekindling one’s competitive spirit and at the same time complying with all the measures which were introduced to combat, curb and contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus.”

Distances

According to Yvonne Brinkmann from OTB Sport, participants can choose from three distances: 3.9km, 7.5km and 15.5km.

She emphasised that this is a self-timed event.

“Alternatively, anyone who does not want to run but who wants to support the cause is welcome to make a financial contribution,” she added. All proceeds of the event will go towards a number of identified charity organisations.

Beneficiaries

These include Mammadu Centre, an after-school centre in Otjomuise where children are provided with a cooked meal, educational assistance and study support in a safe environment; Side by Side Early Interventions Centre, a facility that provides day care to children with special needs with emphasis on early childhood development and Co-Feed, a citizen-driven initiative whose purpose is to mobilise basic food supplies and necessities for distribution to the most vulnerable within our communities.

“Runners may participate in the event as many times as they wish during the nine-day period,” Brinkmann said. Information relating to the event and online entry forms are available on otbsport.com.