Foundation and gym draw spotlight on autism

Vutlhari’s Voice Foundation and Arthur’s Fitness Gym host activities for autism awareness

The Village Voice

A jovial Pastor Gavaza Baloyi after completing the fun run race

The well-known Vutlhari’s Voice Foundation joined up with Arthur’s Fitness Gym in Malamulele, in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality to host different activities to draw the community’s awareness to autism, a neurological condition.

The activities included 5km walk and 10km fun run supervised by Arthur’s Fitness Gym as well as aerobics for physical physicall fitness.

Many of the members of the public also took part in the events.

The head founder of Vutlhari’s Voice Foundation Lucky Makamu addressed the public about the importance of awareness of autism.

He said he formed the foundation after his son Vutlhari’s, now 14, was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 10.

“Before then I had not known of the condition and I felt it was important for the general public to know, “he said.

The foundation is aimed at disseminating information about the disease and assist where possible.

At the event two occupational physiotherapists Aluwani Manenzhe from Tshilidzini Hospital and Joy Mathye from Malamulele Hospital were invited.

The two gave support to the children and those affected by the disease.

Part of the activities during the autism day organised by Vutlhari's Voice Foundation and Arthur's Fitness Gym
Part of the activities during the autism day organised by Vutlhari’s Voice Foundation and Arthur’s Fitness Gym

Arthur Masebenza, the founder of Arthur’s Fitness Gym says he dealt with people with stroke or mental illness to help them with physical fitness.

Vutlhari Makamu
Organisers Lucky Makamu and Arthur Masebenza are happy the Autism Day was a success

“I took part in the programme because it is in line with my training, “said Masebenza.

The activities were sponsored by Rixaka Funeral, Debonair and Masingita Crossing.

One of the happy participants of the fun run is Pastor Gavaza Marjorie Baloyi who is based in Malamulele and is the founder of the Pool of Bethesda Healing and Deliverance Ministry at Mhangweni under the Muhlava Traditional Council.

“For the wellness side of things this was good. It has motivated me to take part in a marathon in Giyani next month, “she said.

Makamu thanked all the sponsors, namely Rixaka Funerals, Masingita Crossing and Debonair.

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