Jumping Kids Take on the Warrior Race

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October, friends and beneficiaries of the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund gathered at Redstone Country Estate in Hartebeespoort for the seventh annual Warrior Race Challenge. Over the two days a lot of fun was had as both adults and children took part in various obstacle courses. The aim of Avis’ participation was to raise funds to supply eight year old Tshegofatso Makola from Madibeng district with an advanced prosthetic limb.

The Warrior Race takes adults and children alike through fun, physically and mentally challenging obstacle courses. It is said to be the toughest obstacle challenge of its kind in South Africa. The event consists of the Warrior Bratz Race, a 500m obstacle course for children from the age of 4-13 years old with 8 obstacles; a 6-8km Rookie Race with 15 obstacles; and a 16-21km Black-ops Race with 30 obstacles.

Jumping Kids is a non-profit organisation that facilitates access to advanced prosthetic solutions to those who need it most - children living with lower extremity amputations from formerly disadvantaged backgrounds. The fact that these kids participated in the race demonstrates how
capable children living with amputations are given the right equipment and support.

Avis sponsored the T-shirts for the Bratz Race and had a team competing in the Rookie Challenge on both days. In addition, organisers of the Warrior Race waivered the Avis entry fee in order for Avis to donate R6000 to Jumping Kids directly. Donations from the race will go towards little ‘Tshego’ who was born with a congenital defect resulting in her left leg being amputated above the knee when she was four years old. This donation will go a long way in helping her get a prosthetic leg and stand proud.

Keith Rankin, Chief Executive at Avis Rent a Car Southern Africa says, “Avis is honoured to collaborate with Jumping Kids in giving children a chance to participate in the Warrior Race. These kids are warriors in their own right as they haven’t let their physical challenges limit their abilities. This is something they can all be very proud of, and something we can all learn from.”