Nelson Mandela Day, Food Hampers & The Importance of Staying Fit and Active During COVID-19

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Mike Tippett - Manager Development Cycling

The Nedbank Sports Trust Development Cycling Programme food parcel drive

One of the many successful initiatives of the Trust is the Nedbank Sports Trust Development Cycling Programme, which identifies talented young cyclists and gives them the support, training and equipment they need to work towards their cycling dreams. Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown had a devastating impact on these enthusiastic cyclists and their families and communities. So, the Sports Trust in partnership with Nedbank stepped in, and with the help of a number of partners of the programme provided the cyclists with the nutritious food, training and motivation they needed to keep them going through the lockdown period.

The programme set aside a significant portion of its financial resources to fund 200 food hampers to benefit highly appreciative learners, educators and families from 13 schools and Sports Trust Cycling clubs.

"We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Nedbank and The Sports Trust for the food parcels. We sincerely appreciate your kind donation in this critical time in need. Thank you." Mr Klein; Headmaster: Ocean View High School

In addition to the food hampers, the programme team also provided other valuable support to the cyclists via regular online sharing of training tips and schedules, motivational posts, learning and education support, and group discussions on race tactics and strategies.

"We would like to say thank you very much for everything that the Sports Trust Development programme is doing for us. We've received food hampers and we really needed them. These food hampers will make a huge difference in our homes." Power Maribeni; Mathew Goniwe Memorial School

According to Mike Tippett of The Sports Trust, who manages the Development Cycling Programme, while the lockdown restrictions on exercising have been eased, there is still a great need for physical, emotional and economic support of many of the cyclists and their families.

"The Trust is committed to continuing to help and support our young cyclists and their families and communities in whatever way we can. We will keep on motivating and encouraging the cyclists to ensure that they are able to continue to hone their talents and emerge from this crisis stronger and fitter, and ready to take their cycling dreams to the next level."

"The families didn't expect this precious gift, but are very thankful. It really felt good to bring a smile to the faces of our cycling families." Frank Fortuin; Scottsville High School

Message of thanks:

Thank you to the following programme partners and supporters for their assistance with the food parcel initiative:

· Sharief Peters - who ensured that food hampers were collected from the central packaging facility and distributed to schools and communities in the programme.

· Faizel Ossman of Bridge Cycles - who provided his vehicle and trailer to assist with the deliveries

· Saadiq Mathews of The Humanitarian Outreach Foundation - who negotiated the best deals for the groceries included in the food hampers.

· Thabiet Davids of the Pinelands Islamic Society - who oversaw the speedy and efficient packaging of all hampers

The importance of staying fit and healthy

There is a direct relationship between your diet, physical activity, and health. Your nutrition is a key player when it comes to physical, mental, and social well-being. And it’s important for preventing disease.

Why is exercise important during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Regular exercise is essential for everyone under normal circumstances. However, here are a few reasons why exercise is especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Exercise boosts the immune system: Research shows that regular, moderate-intensity exercise has immune-boosting benefits that may help your body fight off infections, including COVID-19.

  • Exercise may prevent weight gain: Exercise can help you burn extra calories caused by dietary changes and offset the effects of sedentary activities.

  • Exercise reduces stress and anxiety: Exercise is a proven mood-booster can help adults reduce stress levels and build emotional and resilience.

  • Exercise improves sleep: There is evidence that suggests regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster and improves sleep quality — and getting a good night’s sleep has also been found to boost your immune system.

What do you do if you think you have COVID 19:

There are also many other causative agents and common bugs that may bring about respiratory infections.

However, if you have symptoms, including fever, persistent coughing and difficulty breathing, it is important to seek medical care early. ​

"Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.”

They will then best advise you regarding going for diagnostic testing to confirm or refute your suspicion. In the meantime:

· Separate yourself from other people in your home and do not go out, except to get medical care.

· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands with soap and water, often.

· Avoid sharing personal household items.

· Continue to monitor your symptoms, follow doctor’s orders and remain calm and rest.

· If you suspect that you have COVID-19, wear a mask when interacting with your family and limit visitors. Take note of who you may come into contact with.

· “Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure” - The CDC.

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