Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:41 pm

Miss SA, Shudufhadzo Musida, partners with Team Vitality to raise awareness and funds for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group

On Thursday, 15 April, at 07:00, reigning Miss SA, Shudufhadzo Musida, will host a virtual running event to highlight mental wellbeing. The run will be hosted by leveraging Strava, a social platform for athletes, with Team Vitality. Members of the public can also join at no cost.

As an advocate for mental wellbeing, Miss SA aims to help raise awareness of the importance of prioritising, managing and de-stigmatising mental wellbeing while raising funds for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). “Mental health and wellbeing are causes that are extremely close to my heart, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when people are faced with losing loved ones and economic challenges,” says Musida.

Members of the public can also join at no cost.

R20 000 donation

Having recently launched a mental wellbeing component to the rewards goal, Discovery Vitality will donate R20 000 to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in support.

If members of the public would like to join Miss SA’s Run with Team Vitality, they can download Strava and create a personal profile on the platform, join the Team Vitality running community (at no cost) and track their run on Thursday. Vitality members can also earn Vitality points by linking their Strava app to the Discovery app or through their Vitality-linked fitness device.

“Vitality is committed to improving the mental wellbeing of all South Africans. We have created the Vitality Mental-Wellbeing Channel with articles, videos, online meditation and breathwork podcasts and other resources available to anyone at no cost,” says Vitality clinician Dr Seranne Motilal.

Vitality members can earn 1000 Vitality points for completing key mental wellbeing assessments twice a year and up to 20 Discovery Miles each week for achieving their mental wellbeing goals linked to sleep and mindfulness.

“This is all for a great cause with the aim to inspire more people to ask for help when they’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed,” says Musida. “I want people to know that there are resources available, including those from Vitality’s online platform and the Vitality SADAG line where they can get help with the toll-free 24-hour helpline on 0800 01 02 03.”

Watch this video for details on how to join the Team Vitality communities on Strava:

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