Monday, 24 November 2014

Unite 4 Mandela -- Walk, Run, Ride and Dance

Unite for Mandela-- Sports and Culture Day
One man, one nation, one celebration.

The 22nd dawned bright and breezy with only a few clouds high above the Union Buildings in the city of Tswane. I know this because, like the rest of our crew (long with On PointPR), we'd been awake since before the birds even entertained the notion of singing in the new day.

The Union Buildings in the city of Tswane (Pretoria)

After a quick cuppa at the Sheriton Hotel we made our way across Stanza Bopape Street (formerly Church Street) into the spacious grounds of the Union Buildings. Officials and participants were already onsite, and the atmosphere was building.

We quickly got ourselves set up in the Media Hub and then rushed out to capture the day on film. This was a first for us, mingling with the crowd, right in among the riders, runners and walkers, capturing 15 to 30 second snippets and posting them instantly to Social Media. It was intense!

Minister Fikile Mbalula

Top 3 ladies

Some of the highlights of the day were being there to see the winners cross the finish line, and seeing the joy and excitement on all the participants', and supporters' faces. There was a wonderful feeling of unity and peace that pervaded the day, with people from all walks of life smiling, joking and supporting each other. This veteran cyclist had this to say about the day:

 The Colour Run was a wonderful fun run event that really did see all the participants united as a rainbow nation. Pelted with coloured dust the runners emerged from the event, happy, smiling, laughing and in great spirits.

 Colour Run

The cultural event was hosted on the main stage and saw scores of people standing in the hot sun, jiving along to their favourite local stars. On stage were the likes of Lira, Kurt Darren, the Parlatones, AKA, Desmond and the Tutus and others.

Kurt Darren 


From the Inkblot crew at the event, we would like to congratulate the participants in the events and tell them that they are all winners in our book.
We had a great day and hope that everyone there had one too.

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