Midmar Mile charity challenge tops R 1 000 000

2009-02-06 00:00

Not only have the organisers of the 8 Mile Game Charity Challenge reached their goal of R1 million, but, as of yesterday morning, they’ve raised thousands more.

“Well, when we checked last night the amount raised was in the region of R1 020 000,” Stan Kozlowski, the founder of the challenge, told Weekend Witness yesterday.

For the past six years, Kozlowski has rounded up some of the country’s most talented swimmers to raise funds for charitable causes by swimming the Midmar Mile.

“It’s amazing how it’s grown over the years. When we made the challenge official six years ago, we raised around R120 000. Now, we’ve come up with 10 times that amount,” he said.

Kozlowski said that this year, they were able to double the amount of money raised last year — and the year before that. Clearly, their decision to double the amount of swimmers who would receive money pledged by private companies and individuals for completing each of the eight races over the weekend was a good one.

“Every year just gets better and better … It’s nice to see how the challenge has blossomed.

Even in terms of the variety of swimmers who’ve jumped on board,” said Kozlowski.

Among this year’s swimmers are Olympic silver medallist Terrence Perkins and Paralympian Todd Slattery.

One of the most outstanding swimmers for this year is 14-year-old Leeya Jasat from Pietermaritzburg, who has raised over R100 000.

“It’s nice to see the youth with charitable hearts — that’s what we’re working toward.”

The money will be allocated to a range of beneficiaries including the SPCA, SA Guide Dogs Society and the Thembalethu Aids Orphans home.

“I take my hat off, not only to big businesses, but the small people with big hearts — every old and young person, every student, every disabled person that has used their God-given talents to help the less-fortunate,” said Kozlowski.

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