Stellenbosch University joined forces with a virtual health and fitness company, JEFF Fitness, in hosting the first-ever virtual sports and wellness day in the hope to set a new world record for #BiggestUniversityWorkout on Saturday, 28 August 2021, and raising funds for SU Alumni's # Move4Food initiative. A hallmark of #Move4Food is Stellenbosch University students, staff, alumni, and friends taking part in sporting events to raise funds to aid student hunger.
Some amazing people will join in on the fun and help in the fundraising cause, such as SA sport stars, Alumni champions from around the world, some of our Paralympic athletes currently on their way to the Tokyo Paralympics, students, celebrities and previous and current Maties Sport stars.
The event will take place virtually from 07h00 until 13h00 and consists of live workouts, competitions, talks, live "virtual" music, cook-offs and more.
SU's new Central Events and Conferencing Office (CECO) is the driving force behind this unique "Stellenbosch University-owned event". Liz Dirkse-van Schalkwyk, the event's main organiser, said they have partnered with JEFF fitness to co-host the event. JEFF brings to the event their expertise and know-how to host online events of this size and scope. Supporting this event from within SU is the office of the COO, Maties Sport, SU Wellness and SU Alumni.
"JEFF is owned by SU Sport Science Alumni, Johno Meintjies, who is passionate about impacting people's lives through sports and wellness," says Dirkse-van Schalkwyk. “This fitness company was born in the recent lockdown through a free Facebook group that has grown into a global fitness company impacting lives in more than forty countries. With their recent success in virtual events of this nature the synergy just made sense for one of our alumni to take hands with us and do something special together with the rest of our Maties community around the world," says Dirkse-van Schalkwyk.
She said they would like Maties and Alumni from across the globe to join them and experience the "gees" of the broader local, national and international Stellenbosch community in coming together to support our students and global health and fitness.
"Join us and experience an iconic event from the comfort of your home and stand a chance to win prizes throughout a fun-filled morning," says Dirkse-van Schalkwyk.
She said they are finalising the programme of events and will communicate all the information on social media and SU's website over next week – leading up to the challenge. In the meantime, visit the event's website page here to take part.