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CURVES: Food Drive 2012

Over the past few years CURVES Durban North has proved to be a stalwart supporter of local NPO Indlela’s feeding programme, using imaginative initiatives to collect impressive stocks of non-perishable foodstuffs which are then distributed to the needy in the community. This year, however, the ladies really upped the ante and dreamed up a scheme that enabled the participants to amass large amounts of donated food while losing mass: a food-drive fun walk!

The Colourful Teams at the Fun Walk

At 10h30 on a beautiful Saturday morning in March five teams of enthusiastic ladies, decked out in an array of eye-catching themed outfits, gathered on the DHS Old Boys’ Club field to kick off the 2012 CURVES charity challenge. Their mission was to walk as many laps of the field as possible in one hour, each participant passing the baton – a bouncing bunch of colourful balloons – to the next team member after every completed lap. Sounds simple? Well, it was a FUN walk and there were a few extra CURVE balls thrown in to add spectator value to the event. Bonus points were awarded to team members who were first to reach their partners and hand over certain mandatory fashion accessories, such as silly glasses and hats. Then there were the ‘activity heats’, which required the team members currently on the field to complete their lap walking backwards, or sideways, or dancing and hopping! And there was no sitting around for those team members on the side-lines; bonus points were awarded for team-spirit and the volume of their war-cries, as well as for their outrageous outfits. The morning’s marvellous mayhem ended with a touch of manic madness when all five teams competed in a three-legged race.After the final points tally, the PINK SMURFS emerged the victors but in fact every participant was a winner as each lady had added to the growing pile of sponsored food with every lap she completed.

The staff of CURVES Durban North handed over a hefty 1 820kg of non-perishable food stuffs to representatives of Durban North-based NGO, Indlela, which will be packed into food parcels and distributed throughout the local community over the next few months. In today’s uncertain economic climate there are a number of families who are in need of a helping hand and Indlela aims to walk alongside them, providing practical assistance in the form of food parcels until they are back on their feet financially.

For the past few years the month of March has seen a frenzy of activity at CURVES Durban North as staff and members move into top gear to collect non-perishable food items to donate to Indlela’s feeding programme. Once again, CURVES International generously waived the standard joining fee for new members throughout March, requesting instead a bag full of groceries for the collection.

If you are interested in partnering with Indlela to help our community, visit the website at www.indlela.org or follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indlela/145965385440614

CURVES Food Donation.From left to right:
Back row: Dez Heathcote, Tammy Harris, Linde Lategan, Mickey Wilkins (Indlela), Shaun Tait (Indlela)
Front row: Sinaé Alberts, Mark Blond (Indlela), Clement Msomi (Indlela), Emmanuel Ndlovu (Indlela), Sifiso Luthuli (Indlela)

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