An energetic and jubilant energy surges through Majuba Lodge. The big day is finally here, and it is time for the Amajuba Lekker Resies to begin.
Teams gathering together, prepped to dash off and speed through town. Each team vying for the win. The signal is given, and the teams are off, dashing off to the respective challenges.
While the teams embarked on the exciting challenge, the fun continued at Majuba Lodge. An array of stalls and food stalls were available, as well as paintball, archery, exhibitions, artists and games for people to enjoy. For children, there was an obstacle course for local primary schools to compete in.
With a sense of fun prevailing, the Amajuba Lekker Resies is one of the biggest highlights on the Newcastle social calendar.
The Amajuba Lekker Resies began in 2007, with Johann Marais and Danie Odendaal, who initiated it as a project for the Rapportryers.
“We were looking for something new in Newcastle at that stage, some form of community project,” explains Marais, the project manager of the event.
With very few community orientated projects taking place in Newcastle, Marais says they decided to take the initiative and make the popular series, the Amazing Race, a local event.
“Because the Rapportryers are an Afrikaans group, we looked at the word Amazing and came up with Lekker,” he explains.
Thus, the Lekker Resies was born. A community-based event for the entire town, while serving as a fund-raiser for the Rapportryers.
Initially only 10 teams entered, but Marais says it has grown to such an extent that an average of 30 teams now enter on an annual basis. Stalls, musicians, inflatables now form a big part of the event, making it a true family and community event.
The Rapportryers have handed the Lekker Resies event over to Amajuba School. Marais says the school still sees it as a community-driven project, in which they can give back to the community.
A big thanks