: Cllr Sean Snyman (right) and Brig. Genl. Gerald Pharo, commander of the Military Acadamy watch how the students set off.

Seven different groups of which were runners, cyclists and boatsmen from the Military Academy set off from George and Wilderness for the next stage of the annual TransEnduro this morning (3 December 2019). The students handed over a token of appreciation to George Councillor for Community Social Development and Sport, Sean Snyman on behalf of Ald Melvin Naik. Snyman thanked the Military for choosing George as their preferred destination for this trip and as it is World Disability Awareness Day, he mentioned the fact that they are lucky to be healthy and privileged to be taking part in this event. He wished them the best for their journey on their way to Saldanha and handed over a letter of goodwill from the George Mayor that will be handed to the Stilbaai Mayor, after which the cyclists and runners were on their way. A group of the Military stayed behind to do charity work in Thembalethu. Major Beverley Geldenhuys thanked the city for its hospitality and handed a letter of goodwill and a 2020 diary from the Bitou Municipality, the team’s previous stop, to Cllr Snyman.

Military students have a moment of silence at Eden Meander Lifestyle Centre where the event was opened by prayer and a scripture reading. Photo credit: George Herald

The TransEnduro is a military tradition dating back to the 1980s in which students from the South African Military run, cycle and sail from Port Elizabeth to the Military Academy in Saldanha. The event is supported by student-based logistics and administration teams and is complemented by a strong community outreach programme and fundraising efforts in the towns they visit.


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