The Women For Change was started by South Africas largest running community ‘Catch Me If You Can’ as a way to speak out against gender-based violence.
Sandton, Johannesburg – Sabrina Walter, an avid runner, grew tired of being worried about running by herself. She decided to launch ‘Catch Me If You Can’, a running club for women with a focus on building friendships, practising good health and offering safety in numbers.
The running club is now the largest all-women club in South Africa. The women in the club unite to protect each other and to stand up against gender-based violence.
Since the clubs launch, Sabrina has done everything to offer a safe community for her fellow running mates. They now share the best and most beautiful routes across South Africa.
Coming up in November, their Johannesburg chapter is hosting the Women For Change run. It is an 8km run through Sandton City. The run will be supporting the TEARS Foundation. Mara Glennie started TEARS to offer support to women and children in their darkest times.
‘Women For Change 8km Run in Sandton City is our 2nd largest organised run to drive awareness on violence against women and children in South Africa. We are inviting all women to come together on this important day to stand united against femicide. We choose our annual event to raise awareness during the 16 Days of Activism.
Our first ‘Women For Change’ event took place in Tokai Forest, on the 15th March 2016, only few days after the brutal murders of Franziska Blöchliger (Tokai Forest) and Sinoxolo Mafevuka (Khayelitsha). The event was held with more than 3 500 people from all over Cape Town, who came together to pay tribute to each woman and child who have been senselessly killed in this country.’