Legacy Foundation Empowers Youth Through a Race for Bursaries

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Left to right: Craig Solomons, Yeshua Moraka, Gareth Sparks and Mark Kearns celebrating after finishing the 5km

“Hosting this run on Youth Day is symbolic of us honouring our beneficiaries and openly expressing our commitment to them”.

In the spirit of Youth Month and in honour of Youth Day, Legacy Foundation, hosted a race to raise funds for its bursary beneficiaries.

The organisation seeks to empower youth in South Africa to enable them to be effective in their careers and personal lives as adults. It has multiple education focused projects, including, but not limited to stationery donations, sanitary towels donations, and teacher training.

The bursaries are allocated to students in various phases of schooling who cannot afford school fees or related costs associated with their education.

On Monday, 17 June, a crowd of over 50 people, either running in-person at Delta Park or virtually – in their own time and anywhere in the world, joined Legacy Foundation to run either 5km or 10km to raise funds. The weather was beautiful, and the park crowd all had a wonderful time. Families came out in their numbers, some with their dogs, making the day a multi-generational affair.

Legacy Foundation Chairperson, Stephanie Sparks, reflects on events leading to the race day: “At the beginning of 2024, we received three bursary applications that we had to turn away or only partially fund, because we did not have the financial muscle to support them. We made a commitment to those students that we were going to be proactive about raising funds specifically for them, and that is what our run was for”.

Sparks added that so many South African youth are desperate for a quality education that they do not have access to. “Hosting this run on Youth Day is symbolic of us honouring them and openly expressing our commitment to them”, she said.

For more information on how you can support the organisation, please visit www.legacyfoundation.org.za

By Amanda Matshaka