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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted. That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way healthcare information is delivered to low literacy communities.

The customizable 16-page book, read by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood by everyone across the world.

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 100+ titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 45 countries.

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Ithemba Foundation’s 2017 Hope Hike and Hope Bike in October, the WHO’s Mental Health Awareness month

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Get walking, start talking!

Do you want to break the stigma and silence around depression as mental illness? Then join us on the Hope Hike and Hope Bike to help raise awareness around depression as clinical illness with a family friendly fun walk or mountain bike trail.
One in five South Africans suffer from a mental illness, with some waiting up to ten years before seeking help. Depression is an illness, not a weakness, and can be treated.

According to the World Health Organization depression has increased by 18% in the past ten years and is currently the third biggest global illness. Soon, in 2020, it will be the second biggest, and in 2030 the biggest. According to one statistic, worldwide almost 350 million people suffer from clinical depression, with almost one million per year who lose their lives to suicide. According to one statistic, depression costs the South African economy R218 billion and the cause of 47% of early retirement and 32% of all sick leave. The individual suffering of those who have to live with a debilitating, paralysing, and sometimes fatal illness, however, cannot be described through mere statistics.

Therefore, the sooner you recognise the symptoms and seek help, the sooner you can manage the disease with the help of therapy and medication. Depression is an illness, not a weakness.

To show you care, get walking and start talking! Join us on the Hope Hike and the Hope Bike to raise awareness of depression and make your contribution to break the silence and stigma surrounding depression and other mental illnesses.

10 October is the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The Hope Hike and Hope Bike is your opportunity to help break the silence surrounding the disease of despair, to raise HOPE, and to spread the message that without mental health there is no health. You can also be an Ambassador for Hope throughout October by wearing your ‘sky-blue for hope’ awareness ribbon. Join us on the Hope Hike and Bike and wear something blue to show you care. Afterwards, Capetonians can enjoy the lovely eats and treats of the Blaauwklippen Sunday Market, and in the North Dutch delicacies can be enjoyed at the Van Gaalen’s cheesery, or order a picnic with real Dutch Boerenkaas and other treats.

Details: When, where and how
Cape: Sunday, 15 Oktober, Blaauwklippen, Stellenbosch, R44
North: Sunday, 29 October: Van Gaalen’s, Skeerpoort
Starting Time:
Hope Bike fun ride: 25 km: 07:45
Hope Hike: 10 km: 08:00; 5 km: 08:30; 3 km: 08:40
Entry fee:
Hope Hike: 10 km (R100), 5 km (R60) or 3 km (R40). Children under twelve (3 or 5 km) R40.
Hope Bike: 25 km (R100).
How to enter: Visit www.iqela-events.co.za and click on the Hope Hike/Hope Bike logo to ensure your place. Entries are limited – register immediately!
Your entire entry fee goes toward the depression research fund of the Ithemba Foundation (a non-profit enterprise, registration number 2012/171250/08; Ithemba means hope in Xhosa).
Registration begins at 06:30
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