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Project Sparkle – an outreach programme of the Nursing Education Association (NEA) - is putting the sparkle back into hospital facilities and the eyes of both hospital staff and patients.

Teaming up with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for The Human Race on Saturday, 10 October 2015, is just another way of doing it.

The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism & Democracy (CANRAD) and Eastern Province Athletics (EPA) is collaborating with NEA and NMMU’s School of Clinical Care Sciences (SoCCS) to both celebrate the university’s tenth birthday and to assist the needy through Project Sparkle.

“Project Sparkle creates an unique opportunity for a person to take hands with a significant number of like-minded citizens. It will make a difference because it conveys a message of hope and inspiration to deeply concerned citizens, under-staffed specialists, doctors and nursing staff who work daily under the most distressing working conditions,” says chairperson of the PE Chapter of NEA, Prof Dalena van Rooyen.

The first Project Sparkle public meeting took place in July 2014. A few prominent leaders in Port Elizabeth attended and the project received outstanding support, enabling the NEA to renovate phase 1 of the Outpatient Buildings at PE Provincial Hospital.

The total value of donations in cash and kind received for phase one was about R600 000.

“We need to raise more than R1.6 million to complete phases 2 and 3 of the project. This is a significant amount of money and so the steering committee approached local and national companies, as well as influential organisations, to support the objectives of Project Sparkle,” says Prof van Rooyen.

The 10 October Human Race is one such venture to support the objectives.

The race starting at 10am will take participants through NMMU’s scenic South and North campuses, within a nature reserve. The entire route suitable for those in wheelchairs.

The entry fee for adults is R30 and R10 for students and learners. Participants older than 60 years get free entry.

There will be medals for 3 000 runners and many lucky draw prizes.

“The school, church or sports club or individual who recruits the most participants will also win a cash prize,” says organiser Derrick Hoshe of Madibaz Sport.

Entry forms are be available from all sports shops in the metro, the Fitness Centre, the Campus Sports shop and at the EP Athletics offices at the Westbourne Oval, Central.

Inquiries: Derrick Hoshe 0833886562 or Irene Van Eeden 0797402382.

Ernie Verral (80) plans on giving everyone a run for their money at The Human Race on Saturday at NMMU.