The Jane Bubear Sports Foundation had its first 10km fun run in 2009 in the small remote town of Dete, Zimbabwe and it has now become an annual event much anticipated by the town and surrounding villages. In 2012, the African Bush Camps Foundation will partner with The Jane Bubear Sports Foundation to bring together the community and celebrate life through sport.

Zimbabwe has been crippled from many sides, the HIV/AIDS virus causing the break up of families and large pockets of poverty, especially in rural settings such as Dete and the internal turmoil has brought further struggle to the every day life of Zimbabweans.  Zimbabwe’s economic and political instability has added to the crippled nations rural communities. This year it is expected that the poor rainfalls will result in poor harvests, which in turn will debilitate and dis-empower these communities even more.

Day to day survival for the average Zimbabwean is tough, especially so in rural villages such as Dete. In the local primary schools in the area, over 50% of the students are orphans or vulnerable children where they live with a relative or older sibling. Schools in rural areas struggle especially as they have few teachers, little to no stationary, text books or sporting equipment, often no electricity and children can walk up to 7km every day just to get to school.

The fun run is an opportunity to bring together people as a community, to celebrate life through sport, to just simply have fun in a world where every day is a struggle just to survive. Every runner receives a prize for participating which is much treasured and celebrated.

In 2011 the first 2km run for the Primary School children was held prior to the main event and it was a huge success with over 200 students participating. This year we expect 1000 participants in total, a large number for this small rural community.

Over the past few years we have managed to identify key schools which are in need of support and donated fleece jumpers to a whole primary school of 600 students (Dete is in an area that reaches below 0 degree’s Celsius in winter and these fleece jumpers go a long way, especially when pupils have to walk many km’s to school every day, leaving their homes before the sun is even up), sports uniforms, modems for schools to get online and sporting equipment.

Our aim this year is to again provide fleece jumpers to rural schools as well as textbooks, laptop computers and modems as well as sporting equipment. This year our aim is to provide soccer and netball shoes to all of the 18 Primary Schools in the area as without proper shoes they are excluded from all inter-school tournaments, whether local or regional.

In August 2011 the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation sponsored another annual event held by the African Bush Camps Foundation in Dete which brought together 16 local soccer clubs for a very successful soccer tournament and managed to donate sports equipment to a rural school who literally did not have even one ball, since then the school morale and school attendance has soon a tremendous turn around.

Through sporting events such as the Zim 10K fun run and the soccer tournament, we are able provide fun events to the community who have very little to celebrate or look forward to, provide schools with uniforms and sports equipment as well as teaching local people conservation in an area where poaching is high because of the level of poverty that people are in, living a day to day subsistence life. We partner with local safari companies such as African Bush Camps who have safari camps within Hwange National Park and together we can help the local people feel a real and lasting impact of tourism though community development.

How To Get involved:

1.Come to the run and let African Bush Camps organise a Safari Itinerary around the date, where you can experience the incredible wealth of wildlife Zimbabwe has to offer as well as the rich culture of the local people and get the chance to visit communities and school children who’s lives have already been transformed by the Jane Bubear Sports Foundation as well as participate in actual event of the Zim 10k 2012 fun run.

2. Donate towards our target of $22,000 which will go towards much needed sports uniforms, sports equipment, fleece jumpers, books, laptops for schools which will be handed out at this year’s run.

3. Collect any old sports equipment, shoes, clothes, books, educational toys, wall charts, dictionaries, atlas’, encyclopedia’s, pen’s pencils, crayons, pencil cases, games, old draw string or duffle bags and we will take them over for you preferably in a soft case bag.

For more information or to enquire about getting involved please contact sophia@africanbushcamps.com or shelley@africanbushcamps.com.