What a Comrades Day it was!

What a blessed day the 9th of June turned out to be!!

We started the day off with a get-together at the Comrades Expo for our annual customary Team Photo. there was such an intimate vibe between friends that only our Lord could have created. The photo done we moved to the Expo hall and then the S4J support team went scouting for the best support spots.

The day started off dreary and misty but this did not last long. Team at Camperdown soon got into the Comrades spirit! We set up and waited and soon the action started…

From then on it was just lots and lots of athletes. In between the support of our S4J athletes we also managed to have some fun

We saw some very dedicated S4J athletes going by as well.

And at around 2:30pm it started petering out until the last person had come past. It was an exhausting day but so rewarding for us at S4J. Thank you to every athlete that had made our work throughout the year so worth while.

See you in August!!!!

The story an athlete: Joan van Wyngaard

Here is wonderfully inspiring story of one of our athletes you should enjoy

Joan with Norman at the SSNET offices in Pretoria

I was told on the 12th of March 2018 that I will probably never run long distances again and that I needed urgent surgery to repair a torn labrum in my hip and other inherited defects.  I was in absolute agony and really battled to walk and could not go up or down stairs.  I used to wake up at night from pain and limped while walking. 

I decided to not go for the surgery and rather cycle while going for physical therapy and then in June 2018 I started taking Osteo eze platinum daily.  The improvement was gradual but by November 2018 I could run a marathon again and haven’t looked back since then.  This year I completed the 2 oceans and will be taking part in comrades too.  It has made a tremendous difference in my quality of life as I love running and also to my mobility in my hip (and pain). 

The product I use contains a novel new ingredient that is extracted from chicken sternum cartilage and works with your immune system to facilitate healing.  Running causes micro damage to the cartilage and although some of the popular joint supplements work in reducing pain and inflammation, it does not address the root cause of the problem.  A key component in joint destruction is when the immune system goes out of control and starts attaching the cartilage.  This is why I now use my two pronged approach – Osteo eze platinum daily for cartilage protection and osteo eze MSM for the inflammation and exercise recovery. 

These two together address not only pain and excess inflammation but also triggers the natural rebuild of your cartilage.   This is even a great prevention strategy for people without issues.  A study done in healthy individuals showed faster recovery from exercise and an increase in joint mobility.

We hope you enjoyed this advise which perhaps would be useful to you.

Stories from the S4J Team Braai

Ons het GEBRAAI!!!!!

Saturday was our S4J Team braai and what a blessed time it was. Although we would have liked more people to join us, the family that did participate made it worth the while!

There was lots of food and great Comrades advise flying around the braai fires. What was encouraging was the support and good wishes that everyone chared for the race on the 9th June.

We confirmed that the support points would be Winston Park and Camperdown and we dished out support bags. For those of you who would like support from us for these two points you can bring along your goodies to the TEAM PHOTO SESSION at 10am on Saturday 8th June in the Expo parking lot. We will have bags available for you there.

Renier Grobler, twice top 20 finisher of the Comrades, gave some stellar advise to our athletes as well. He was so encouraging. Thank you Renier for a great talk.

We then said our Goodbye’s and wished everyone a great and blessed run. I good day.

PS. Please try and make it to the TEAM PHOTO SESSION. We will be a max of 10 minutes, I promise.

Eddie Howden

The Water for the Sudan’s Project

More than half the population of Sudan does not have access to clean water.
In many villages young children are walking kilometres each day to fetch water in jerry cans. Many have only one meal a day, because the rest of the day is taken up by fetching water.
SSNET has partnered with International Aid Services (IAS) to provide
clean water to the people of the Sudans. SSNET funds specific water projects within the borders of the Sudans.
Annual visits to the Sudans and the specific projects, by the members and
partners of SSNET, ensure accurate feedback to our supporters and funders.

On a visit to the village of Nimule in September 2018 where SSNET funded
the drilling of a borehole, the wife of the village chief remarked:

“We used to carry water from the town to our village on our heads in buckets. Because of this labour our hair at the top our heads stopped growing. Now that we have this borehole we do not have to carry on our heads anymore so the hair will grow back. Thank you for allowing us to be beautiful again.”

IAS (International Aid Services) began its work in Sudan in 2002 with a vision to help the most vulnerable and needy.With drilling rigs in four rural states (Red Sea, South Kordofan, West Darfur, and South Darfur) and years of experience in well drilling, IAS is recognized as one of the leading organizations drilling new boreholes in the Sudans. In 2015 IAS drilled 27 new boreholes, in addition to rehabilitating 42 existing boreholes and constructing 7 mini water yards. Today, thousands of Sudanese have cleaner, more reliable supply of water because of this work.

Without real changes in hygiene practices, clean water alone will not be enough to change the high rates of diarrhea and waterborne disease in many rural communities. As IAS drill new boreholes and rehabilitate broken ones, they go further to work together with these communities to educate them on fundamental hygiene issues and promote changes which will bring long-term improvement to their health and wellness.

 

The Beja People’s Project

What urged a former Mrs. World to travel to the ends of the earth to get involved with the Beja people? Manda Gomes, S4J athlete and former Mrs. World Universal 2013, did just that by traveling with a team from South Africa. Her mission was to, as part of the S4J, connect with Beja people where they live in North East Africa.

Who are the Beja peoples?

The Beja is a group of traditionally nomadic shepherds who live scattered across the desert regions of Sudan, Egypt, and Eritrea. The Beja are an important people group and represent the largest non-Arabic ethnic group between the Nile River and the Red Sea. They are an assertive people with small, strong, wiry frames, long noses, and oval faces.

How are we involved with them?

The focus of SSNET among the Beja people is to bring hope and relief in practical ways. We do this through the people who live and work among the Beja. This help is given in various forms like addressing critical medical and educational needs. More specifically, eye surgery and learning resources.

How did decide how to be involved?

A team from South Africa visited Egypt in February 2019. Through a journey of discovery, the group was lead to decide on supporting eye surgeries and education among the Beja people. A first donation was made towards this during the visit to Egypt.

Our involvement with the Beja people stretches over many years. As a fundraiser, this is the baby among the four S4J projects. Although in its first year of inception, as a fundraising project this group is in the lead for quite a number of months now.

Norman Johnson