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Children in Zimbabwe use the Race for Survival to talk about child survival 6 Nov 2012

 Save the Children Zimbabwe held the first Race for Survival on 22 September 2012.

The race was held in Chinhoyi district in Mashonaland West province. Participating children were from two provinces, namely Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central.

Over 700 children attended the event, including 240 children who participated in the actual race, and they were able to complete the marathon distance in 1hr 54 min 19sec, the second fastest country, after Kenya. In addition to the children who ran, other children took up various roles while some also came from neighbouring communities after the publicity march. In addition to children, almost 200 adults attended the event. Child-led groups from the four participating districts, Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Mvurwi and Raffingora organised the race with the leadership of the groups’ youth advisors. 

After sensitising the child-led committees about the race, the children coordinated the organisation of the event by establishing a core organising committee which largely put together all the logistics for the event. During the programme, each of the district teams also presented songs, poems, dramas and dances which all showcased the theme of the EVERY ONE Campaign and the Race in particular. According to the children, the race equipped them with knowledge about child survival issues in their districts as they interviewed stakeholders, gathered information about the status of child survival in preparation for their presentations.

The invited Guest of Honour, Governor and Resident Minister of Mashonaland Province, sent in a representative to officiate on his behalf. In attendance were also members of the children’s parliament who reported that the race educated them about pertinent issues on child survival, and that they will use their platform as child parliamentarians to advocate for the issues raised.