Gambia: 2012 Edition of Njawara Marathon Set for December

The Njawara Ambassadors for Development and Meaningful Rural life for Women and Children (NEDAM) will hold the 17th edition of the annual Njawara Marathon on the 28th of December with the theme: "Run for Rural Women Development Initiatives".

The Njawara Ambassadors for Development and Meaningful Rural life for Women and Children is a new and innovative initiative dedicated to fostering sustainable development activities in the community.

According to the organisers, this year's edition is a milestone in rural women initiative diversification, through tailored opportunities of various elements of the three-day programme. Marathon, cultural festival, wrestling contest, dancing competition (Tanaberr) and a free pink dance and cross-border round trip on horse cart from Gambia to Senegal will all be on show.

The project will also work to the pursuit of women and children development goals, whichwill be achieved by working with various partners like local Gambian companies and NGOs to bring women, children, communities and villages, to establish support to women and children of Njawara and the surrounding villages for a sustainable development.

The Njawara Ambassadors for Development will also bring the women, children and communities from all over the village together in both enjoyable and meaningful activities to promote culture, tourism, agriculture and sports and to provide ongoing support to health, education, tourism development and development projects in the village.

Day One of the event will see the cultural festival from Mandinkas, Wollofs, Serers, Fulas, Konyagi, Bambara, Jolas and youths (Zimba and hunting, fanal). It will also witness the wrestling contest between wrestlers from Senegal, Jokadu, Badibu and surrounding villages and drummers from Njawara. The proceeds from the opening day will go towards helping to develop the accommodation of the cultural camp and developing the attraction site in and outside the village.

Day-Two will witness the round cross-border trip on horse cart to Senegal, pink dance, marathon and night dinner. In the marathon, children will run first for 800 meters; then married women will run the same distance and finally the big competitors for the girls 5km and men 10km.

The proceeds from the second day will go towards helping the clinic and maternity ward of the village, which is the primary health care facility for Njawara and its surrounding villages. The three-day event will be concluded on Sunday 30th of December when the participants and guests will return to their final destinations.

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