Running for Choc kids

2008-05-20 00:00

Two Pietermaritzburg men are running the Comrades Marathon on June 15 to raise funds for children with cancer.

Running partners Mark Duncan (42), a self-employed engineer, and Mike Acutt (47), a bursar/business manager at an independent girls’ high school, will be running their fourth and third Comrades Marathons respectively.

Duncan, who is also the national vice-chairman of the Childhood Cancer Foundation (Choc), told The Witness that they chose the charity as their beneficiary after his daughter, Kayleigh, was diagnosed with leukeamia nine years ago.

Kayleigh has recovered and is now a healthy 12-year-old. Duncan said that rural children with cancer often spend a whole day travelling to a treatment centre many hundreds of kilometres from home. “[Children] spend weeks, sometimes months, living in a hospital while on treatment. It often appears hopeless, but through the support from organisations like Choc, these children can receive the medical attention they need.”

Both men said they love running and support what Choc does for the children and their families. They have set themselves a target of R50 000.

“If just 500 people donate R100 we will achieve our target.”

Anyone who wants to donate funds can visit their online donation site ww.backabuddy.co.za/markandmike. All queries should be directed to Duncan at 083 272-3130. See the Choc website at: www.choc.org.za for more details.

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