Train race to provide a unique experience for former street children

JULY 30, 2015

As part of a partnership with local IT firm, About IT, 26 children from the Khayalethu Youth Centre in Threescombe, Port Elizabeth will, in some cases, get to experience their first ride aboard a train during the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race this coming Sunday.

Introduced to massive acclaim last year, the 38 km race from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage will see runners from businesses, corporates and clubs taking on a Metrorail passenger train with each team consisting out of six runners who will cover certain distances on a route through North End, Deal Party, Swartkops, Red House, Despatch and eventually Uitenhage.

Established in 1996 as means of providing shelter and care to abandoned boys aged eight to 18, Khayalethu, as its names implies, currently provides a home to around 35 youngster taken away from a life of crime and hardship on the streets.

All of the boys are subsequently enrolled at school with a tutor also being employed to assist with their homework after hours.

In an attempt to improve social skills development, all of the boys are encouraged to act as volunteers at clinics, old age homes and even animal welfare, while sport development plays a huge part with many competing in the annual SA JKA Karate Championships and returning back with medals.

Khayalethu Youth Centre is a non-government organisation and relies mostly on public funding. For more information, contact 041 484 5667 or visit


CAPTION: READY TO RACE... Children of the Khayalethu Youth Centre with social worker Mia Smit (left), About IT Director Graeme Ting Chong, and Head of the Centre, Marietjie van der Merwe (right)