Sports celebrities including Proteas cricket coach Gary Kirsten and Cape Cobra cricket players Herschelle Gibbs, Dane Vilas and Johann Louw and SA hockey player Illse Davids, joined more than 3 000 schoolchildren from communities throughout the Western Cape for the sixth annual Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge, which took place at the Western Province Cricket Club in Newlands from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th September.

This year, in addition to all the fun and games of this annual sporting extravaganza, the schoolchildren also took part in a serious fact-finding study, a 10-year follow-up to the original ground-breaking Health of the Nation study, which first revealed the magnitude of obesity in South African children. The resulting information and statistics will assist health and education policy makers to gauge where we are, so that they can continue steering SA youth towards healthier lifestyles.   The Kellogg’s Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge is supported by the national Department of Health Promotion, Western Cape Department of Health, Education, Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Thanks to our sponsors Kellogg’s in association with Virgin Active, KIA Motors, SuperSport Let’s and Good Hope fm for making the project possible. and to the Sporting Chance team of coaches for all their hard work.