AMABEADIBEADI CHARITY UPDATE

RACE4CHARITY

The Race4Charity campaign is intended to foster wider support for charitable fundraising for the CMA’s six official charities. An exciting facet to this campaign is that runners have the opportunity to improve their seeding batch, while raising funds for a good cause.

The CMA has reserved 500 entries for runners, who need to raise R6000 each. This will ensure that they get to start in the “Charity” batch near the front of the field on race day. Follow the link on the Comrades website to sign up, and encourage your family, friends, co-workers and supporters to donate and leave messages of motivation on your fundraising page.

Runners get to choose which of the six Amabeadibeadi charities they would like to support. All Race4Charity runners will also be on the receiving end of an exclusive goodie bag which they can collect during Registration.

The entry process is also a simple one. Runners need to enter #Comrades2019 by closing date of entries but will have until 02 May 2019 to sign up and raise funds. Please note that normal race rules still apply for entries and there are no refunds, should a runner fail to qualify or raise the minimum amount. For more information and details on our charity initiative, please visit

Name

Charity

Amount

Dean Wight

Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust

R 237324.00

Tracy Bamber

Wildlands Conservation Trust

R 39200.00

Carel Nolte

Hospice Palliative Care Association

R 36395.73

Bhekisisa Mthembu

CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation)

R 22700.00

Kevin Denny

Hospice Palliative Care Association

R 21000.00

Leana Coetsee

CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation)

R 16790.00

Noeleen Mccallum

Wildlands Conservation Trust

R 16250.00

Rob Urquhart

CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation)

R 16200.00

Darren Woods

CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation)

R 13500.00

Johannes Jacobus Taljaard

CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation)

R 13300.00


A MESSAGE FROM WORLD VISION

Great News from the Field.

“We struggled to feed children living with different disabilities in our centre. Our centre is registered with the Department of Social Development but is not yet at the stage of receiving funds from the Department.

In addition we had a challenge in that we did not have a backyard garden to grow our own vegetables to alleviate this problem. We established an initial garden that was not good in condition as we used old materials and it was easy for animals to access the garden and destroy the growing vegetables.

With the implementation of “supporting backyard gardens” by World Vision, our centre was assisted and we improved the garden setup. We are now able to produce fresh vegetables. We developed our agricultural skills with our partners including World Vision and we managed to source funds to address the issue of water scarcity in our area and the drought conditions due to a lack of rainfall.

This has changed and improved the lives of children at the centre as well as many more children within the community. Children are now able to eat nutritious and healthy food produced in the garden. Fresh vegetables are now prepared for the children within the centre and they are well nourished. Parents from the community buy vegetables from our centre at reasonable and affordable prices and their children now have an improved diet for healthy growth. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

MESSAGE FROM WILDLANDS

This year Noeleen McCallum will be running her 8th Comrades Marathon.

“I have always been distressed by the cruelty and brutality that rhinos have suffered at the hands of heartless poachers. Dismayed by the suffering these magnificent animals are experiencing, I felt it in my very core that I had to do something. I am thankful to have the opportunity to raise funds for WILDLANDS in support of rhino conservation and the brutal fight against poaching. I hope the nation comes together to take action and safe-guard the remaining population of our rhino.” Noeleen McCallum

A STORY FROM CHOC RUNNER, AXEL RITTERSHAUS

“When I signed up to support CHOC for the 2018 Comrades Marathon, I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into - in a very positive way!

During the months prior to the race I occasionally looked at the Comrades Marathon’s Race4Charity ranking and I was doing quite well. Being amongst the top 2-3 fundraisers for CHOC felt good.

But then it happened: I got 'pushed back' by another Cow. That’s when it started.

‘Instead of just waiting for further donations to come in, why don’t I turn the fundraising into a little challenge with myself and actively engage with potential donors to help me climb up in the ranking again?', I asked myself.

Luckily, I am working with overseas clients. I reached out to them and pushed them a bit to donate a significant amount of money for The Cows. In return, they would get a 30-45 min talk from me about persistence, the Comrades Marathon, and CHOC. 

I was quite surprised by their positive reaction and it worked - quite well actually, netting almost R 80,000 for The CHOC Cows. 

This would not have happened without other fundraisers getting past me on the Race4Charity list.

Therefore, I want to thank you and all the other fundraisers for giving your best! Because of you, I turned raising funds into a little competition with myself. It was just like when you run up Polly Shortts on the Up Run and pass someone with the age badge ’70' - and your competitive self wants to keep up with that person.

Running the Comrades Marathon itself has been absolute bliss and in the end I was almost more exhausted from returning the supporters ‘mooooohs' and 'I like to moooove it' singing by waving my hands at them, than from running!

I loved it and I am more than happy to support CHOC again in 2019.

On a very nice note: One of the members of the audience at a talk I gave at one of my supporting companies from Germany was so excited about Comrades that he signed up for 2019. 

 BE A COMMUNITY CHEST SUPERHERO

The Community Chest is an official charity of the Comrades Marathon Association.  Funds raised from the Comrades Marathon will be channelled to support Early Childhood Development.  We are privileged to have runners who are our Superhero’s to the over 6000 children whom we help feed and educate.

Race4Charity is one of the platforms for raising funds. Once entered to run the race, runners need to register their profile on www.comrades.com  Supporters then donate to the runners profile and upon raising a minimum of R6000, the runner gets to start the race in the “C” batch and receive a goodie bag from the Community Chest.  Last year the Community Chest of Durban and Pietermaritzburg together raised over 338-thousand rand.  

The Community Chest is privileged to have iconic runners, Barry Holland, David Williams and Mike Cowling who have pledged to run #Comrades2019 in support of the organisation. Barry Holland of Dolphin Coast Striders has completed 46 Comrades Marathons whilst David Williams of Savages Athletics Club and Mike Cowling of Hilton Harriers have each completed 41 Comrades Marathon races.  There are currently only 17 runners in the world who have completed 40 or more Comrades Marathons. 

If you are running the Comrades Marathon 2019 and would like to support the Community Chest, call the Community Chest on 031-3033890 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 MIKE COWLING - SUPERHERO TRAINING FOR HIS 42ND COMRADES

He runs with his heart, and the Community Chest is proud of the great heart that is Mike Cowling. Professor Cowling has been an active member for the Comrades Marathon Association for nearly two decades. His legs will carry him to his 42nd Comrades Marathon finish on Sunday, 9 June but his heart beats for the children of Selby Msimang Primary School in Edendale.

The good Professor has been running for the Community Chest which has been selected as one of six Official Comrades Charities. Two years ago Mike raised a whopping R50000 which went towards the building of 2 classrooms at Selby Msimang School, one of the ECD's (Early Childhood Development Centre) supported by the Community Chest.

In honour of his 42nd Comrades, Mike is aiming to fundraise R42000, the proceeds of which will go towards the nourishment and education of 6000 children. Please help Mike make this magnanimous dream come true by clicking on the following link    

Would you also like to run you 2019 Comrades Marathon in support of the Community Chest's pledge to 6,000 deserving children in ECD care centres? Email Angie Narayanan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Fadeela Deedat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , you can also follow us on facebook HERE