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KDL boys paint Mzansi purple

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King David High School Linksfield boys ran through Johannesburg in purple Speedos on 15 October to raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer awareness and screening.

What started 12 years ago with one brave soul running through peak hour traffic in a Speedo to raise awareness about cancer, has become a nationwide phenomenon in which runners take part dressed only in a purple Speedo.

Usually held as a mass participation event in Johannesburg, last Friday was the first ever COVID-19-edition Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 to take place around the country, which meant smaller groups and more social distancing.

“Since 2009, the Hollard Daredevil Run has attracting thousands of brave men from all walks of life to do their part to raise awareness about male cancers,” said Heidi Brauer, chief marketing officer at Hollard.

“It takes courage to strip down to a Speedo and run in public – but that’s the whole idea,” she says. “The Hollard Daredevil Run challenges South African men to confront male cancers head-on by showing that they’re not afraid to run in a Speedo, not afraid to talk about cancer, and not afraid to get checked.”

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer. According to global research, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with the risk of prostate cancer increasing with age. Early diagnosis can mean a 95% chance of being cured.

The uptake by so many high schools and universities this year reinforced the power of young men rallying together to spread important cancer awareness messaging. This is particularly relevant given that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged between 15 to 39, and can affect men of all races. The survival rate of Stage 1 testicular cancer can be as high as 100%, making early detection and prompt action vital.

All proceeds from the run go to the Cancer Association of South Africa and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa.

To donate further funds towards cancer awareness and screening initiatives, go to www.daredevilrun.com.

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Sale of Herzlia Constantia secures UHS’s future

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United Herzlia Schools (UHS) has signed a deal with Rabie Property Group to develop a retirement village on the land previously occupied by the school’s Constantia campus, closed 18 months ago.

“To ensure the sustainability of the world-class education UHS offers its pupils, there had to be sacrifices. This came 18 months ago in the form of the closure of the Constantia campus,” UHS said on the sale.

A small section of the former Constantia campus has been retained for the Herzlia Kerem Pre-Primary campus. From there, children complete their schooling at Herzlia Highlands campus in the Cape Town City Bowl.

“It was very important to UHS and the broader community to retain the Constantia Hebrew Congregation in close proximity to our school,” UHS said. “It will be comfortably accommodated in this new section of our remaining property.

“This has been a difficult journey, but one that we are confident will see us continuing to do the best we can for the Jewish children of Cape Town.

“As our motto, taken from the wise words of Theodor Herzl, says, “Im tirtzu, ein zo aggadah” (If you will it, it’s no dream).” This dream will live on and grow for all our pupils.

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Endings and beginnings for Yeshiva’s class of 2021

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“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

That’s all, folks! The class of 2021 has bowed out after an intense matric year. Their final exam – on 24 November – behind them at last. A fitting send-off was held on campus last week in their honour, a tribute to a talented group of young adults in whom the Yeshiva College family takes tremendous pride.

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Alex kids to get library from King David

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King David Schools, in partnership with the King David Schools’ Foundation and Feed SA, will be donating a library, called the Kacev Family Library, to the Twala Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The project was conceived to honour Rabbi Craig Kacev’s dedication and contribution to education in South Africa. Prior to leaving South Africa for Israel, Rabbi Kacev spent 18 years at the helm of the South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE), and was known for his love of books and his passion for reading.

King David students have been collecting and sorting fiction, non-fiction, and educational books to donate to the library. It will be housed in a 12-metre-long insulated container which has been remodelled and fitted with electricity, lighting, carpeting, beautiful furniture, and bookshelves. The students will paint and decorate the exterior as part of an art project.

Once fully equipped, it will be transported to its new home in the Twala Centre (also known as the Alexandra Development Centre), a street away from the central shopping and commuting hub in Alexandra.

Lawrence Ruele will be tasked with the ongoing curatorship and maintenance of the library. He is the personal assistant and apprentice to Linda Twala, Alexandra’s well-known philanthropist, and vice-president of the We Love Alexandra Community Makeover Project. Under Ruele’s guidance, the library will also be cared for by the community. Several teachers, tutors, and youth have committed to assisting.

“King David Schools envisage the Kacev Family Library to be a warm, inviting educational space for the children of Alexandra to spend time reading, using their imaginations, and growing their education,” says Rabbi Ricky Seeff, General Director of the SABJE. “This long-term project is an ideal opportunity to encourage meaningful interaction and engagement between King David students and their Alexandra counterparts.”

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