Natalie du Toit holding the Sabrina Love flag at the start of the 6km ocean swim.
PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - The 10th annual Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge is all set to paint Plett Sabrina pink this festive season with the support of sponsors Stonehage and Discovery.
The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge is the main fundraising activity for the Sabrina Love foundation which was established in 2003 by Tony and Suzy Lubner in memory of their daughter Sabrina, who died at age of six due to the complications of a rare bone disorder. Today the Sabrina Love Foundation supports children with special needs in the Plettenberg Bay area.
Last year’s event managed to raise over R800 000 for the foundation and the goal for the 10th anniversary is to reach 1 Million in funds for children in need.
Eddy Oblowitz, executive chairman of Stonehage South Africa explains their involvement: “Philanthropy and social responsibility are central to our group’s philosophy and culture. We encourage clients and colleagues alike to connect with social issues they care about and to do what they can to help those in need and assist others to realise their full potential.
"This is expressed through the Stonehage Charitable Trust where our focus is giving back directly to the communities we serve through supporting diverse education, health and social development initiatives. The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, with its successful track record over successive years provides an ideal opportunity for donors and participants to share common interests and experiences whilst co-investing in a targeted goal towards creating a tangible legacy,” says Oblowitz.
Discovery has been involved with the event since 2008. “We are committed to our core purpose of making people healthier, enhancing and protecting their lives,” says Jody Foster, Head of Discovery Sponsorships. “The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge allows us to put this core purpose in action and mobilise the community to action in learning about the importance of living healthier lifestyles and going for health checks.
"Previous years have welcomed top international sport stars, holiday makers and local athletes in the multidisciplinary competition and we are sure to see many more people this year competing at the events to be held at Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay and Kurland, The Crags. Since its inception the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge has enjoyed a phenomenal increase in support each year with last year boasting 3 000 participants, a record turnout!"
There is something for everyone at the Sabrina Love Ocean challenge, from the ultra-fit to those looking for a gentle walk along the beach.
The first day’s events at Central Beach has an early start with a 10km urban and beach run at 06:30, 15km paddle at 07:30, 6km ocean swim and fun walk at 08:30.
The second day’s events is hosted by the Kurland Polo Estate, with its manicured grounds will once again be draped in Sabrina pink, which beautifully contrasts the lush backdrop of the Tsitsikamma mountain range. The day kicks off at 07:00 with 10km trail run and staged trail duo (25km mountain bike and 10km trail run), 6km trail run at 07:30, 25km mountain bike ride at 08:30, 900m lake swim at 10:30 and Sabrina Kids of Steel at 11:30.
Attendees will also get to meet celebrities including Natalie du Toit, Bruce Fordyce, Chad Ho, Michelle Eray, Arnold Geerdts, Chantal Nienaber to mention but a few.
Some of the disciplines have limited entry space available; it is advisable to enter early to avoid disappointment. Registration can be done from Wednesday, December 18 at the Sabrina trailer situated at Robberg 5 and the Sabrina Love Shop, as well as at Piesang Valley Community Hall on Friday, December 27 from 10:00 to 18:00 and Saturday, December 29 from 13:00 to 18:00.