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Club appeals for financial assistance ahead of marathon

12 Jun 2024

Botswana Defence Force Athletics Club is appealing for sponsors ahead of their 4th annual half marathon planned for September 1.

The appeal was made by the club’s chairperson, Major Ishmael Dibebe during a press briefing in Mogoditshane on Tuesday. He said organising the marathon was costly, which  hampered their efforts to develop talent although it was abundant.  

He noted that an electronic timing machine was around P200 000 without all the other associated costs, and that all BDF sporting clubs were assisted from the same limited funds.

Maj. Dibebe said the half marathon was intended to unearth talent as well as to promote healthy living. He said marathons could also cut government’s health bill by promoting healthy living.

He said they would invest the proceeds of the half marathon back into the community, noting that in 2018 they fenced five destitute houses through the proceeds.

Maj. Dibebe also appealed to members of the public to continue registering for the race. He said registration started in April and would end on July 31, adding that they had set a limit of 2 000 participants because the route was a challenge and they wanted to minimise risks.  Maj. Dibebe said major stakeholders such as Botswana Red Cross Society were on board.  

On prize monies, he said they were not yet ready to reveal the amount because they were still without a sponsor, but he promised that it would not be less than previous prizes. “We are still awaiting responses from potential sponsors so that we can know how much we have, but we will disclose the prize monies before the closing date,” he said.

The half marathon will start and finish at the SSKB recreational area and registration can be done online on the club’s facebook page; BDF AC half marathon. Registration fee is P300 for 21.1km seniors, P200 for 10km and P100 for the 5km fun run.  ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Olekantse Sennamose

Location : GABORONE

Event : Press briefing

Date : 12 Jun 2024