Lesedi Project / F.U.N. Initiative


Balega has partnered with Fleet Feet Sports to support The Lesidi Project. This program was developed to give back to the South African culture and community on which Balega relies.  Key initiatives are the Ethembeni Scholarship Fund, the Induna Award and the Lesedi Bead Project.  For more information on the Lesedi Project, click here

The InDuna Award

The InDuna award recognizes the store or individual who has shown outstanding leadership, committment and service to their local community throughout the preceeding year.  In Zulu society these people are given the title of "InDuna" a word meaning great leader, ambassador or headman.

For their committment to their local and extended community, Balega is proud to announce that Tony & Natlie Vice of Fleet Feet Sports Stockton are the 2011 recipients of the InDuna award.


F.U.N. Initiative

In the spirit of the InDuna award, Tony & Natalie Vice work very closely with the Stockton Emergency Food Bank to help the underserved in our community and around San Joaquin Valley.  Tony is an active board member with the EFB.  The Kaiser Permanente Avenue of the Vines has allocated it's beneficiary funds to the EFB and Tony is one of the founders of the Run & Walk Against Hunger. This past year Tony, Natalie and his staff have worked in conjunction with the EFB to start the F.U.N. Initiative.  This 8 week program is run through Title 1 schools, in San Joaquin County, that teach children and their parents proper guidelines in nutrition, how to prepare healthy alternatives and a physical activity component teaching families how to use walking or running as part of their healthy lifestyle.  For more information on the EFB or the F.U.N. Initiative please contact the Rebecca Knodt at the Stockton Emergency Food Bank & Family Services.