Radio Good Hope surf reporter Tamsyn Brown (Tammy B), and Vital Foods nutrition expert Andrea du Plessis, a regular guest on the Expresso Breakfast Show, are competing in next week’s Sanlam Cape Town marathon as Vital Foundation’s ambassadors to raise awareness for the fight against women and child abuse.
Vital Health Foods signed on as a developmental partner for this year’s marathon, to not only play an important role in sport development, but to also build on its reputation for assisting organisations to support the fight against women and child abuse through the Vital Foundation.
Tammy B will be running the marathon as a dedication to her mother, who suffered abuse at the hands of Tammy’s father which later led to her mother’s death. She is training hard to compete in what will be her first marathon, including hiking and running in the Lesotho Mountains. “Running has helped me to cope with my hardships in life, and to run for this cause makes me feel good,” she says.
Vital’s Andrea du Plessis is running in the marathon as a result of accepting a challenge from well known athlete Elana Meyer. “I was happy to accept the opportunity to be part of a marathon that gives back to the community,” says du Plessis.
She says preparing for the marathon has not been easy for her, but with professional advice and commitment to a training routine she has improved her running fitness and increased her confidence to compete in the race.
While working at Vital Health Foods with the Vital Foundation, she has become increasingly aware of the extent of the problem in this country. “The statistics of abuse against women and children are staggering,” she adds.
She says that many victims of abuse have rebuilt their lives by believing in their ability to overcome obstacles that seemed overwhelming to them. They can also benefit from the support of non-profit organisations who can apply to the Vital Foundation for funding.