CMA generously gives back

2017-08-09 06:03
Comrades Marathon Association chairperson, Sifiso Nzuza (right), with the 2017 Comrades charity representatives, receives the donation from CMA. PHOTO: Supplied

Comrades Marathon Association chairperson, Sifiso Nzuza (right), with the 2017 Comrades charity representatives, receives the donation from CMA. PHOTO: Supplied

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THE CMA officially handed over funds raised from the 2017 Comrades Marathon to its six official charities on Wednesday, August 2.

The officially recognised Comrades Amabeadibeadi charities are the Durban & Pietermaritzburg Community Chests, PinkDrive, Sports Trust, Starfish, Wildlands and World Vision SA, who through the Comrades Marathon’s fund-raising platform and their own efforts, raised nearly R4 million.

This includes R460 000 in voluntary donations from runners with their entries. R2,5 million was raised through the Race4Charity initiative whereby runners commit themselves to raising funds for a charity of their choice.

A further R100 000 was raised through Amabeadibeadi and other charitable sales as well as R1 million as a result of individual charities’ initiatives.

The CMA’s two top Race4Charity fund-raisers were Tracy Bamber and Stefan Muller who raised just over R73 000 for Starfish and Community Chests respectively, followed by Teresa Wilson at R53 000 for PinkDrive.

The CMA’s Mike Cowling raised R50 000 on completing his 40th Comrades Marathon, also for the Community Chest.

World Vision’s most celebrated fund-raiser was Roger Comish who raised R41 000 while both Bridget Hunter and Noeleen McCallum each raised R26 000 for Wildlands, and CMA board member, Adrian Stowell rounded off the top 10 fund-raisers, raising R25 000 for the Community Chest.

CMA Vice-chairperson, Cheryl Winn said: “Small acts of individual kindness and giving can be enough to influence society to become warmer, closer and more caring for one another.”

CMA Chairperson, Sifiso Nzuza said: “The CMA’s charitable endeavours have gradually born fruit, to the extent that over the past 10 years we have enabled our designated official Comrades charities to benefit to the tune of R30 million through the generosity of our runners, sponsors, supporters and the general public. We are grateful to you all.”

One of the CMA CSI projects include the Old Mutual Underprivileged Runners Project, whereby 800 under-privileged runners are hosted on the night prior to and after the Comrades Marathon, providing them with a place to sleep, breakfast, supper and transportation, thus enabling them to participate in the world’s most famous ultra-marathon.

During the past year, the CMA has contributed towards the purchase of electronic timing equipment, as well as the hosting and funding of a technical officials course, at which 40 new technical officials qualified, nine of whom were from the Maritzburg Disabled Club.

An ongoing CSI project is the CMA’s annual sponsorship and staging of the Greater Edendale Race which celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2016; and which has been designated to host the KZN 10km Championships later this year. - Supplied.

The CMA’s charitable endeavours have gradually born fruit, to the extent that over the past 10 years we have enabled our designated official Comrades charities to benefit to the tune of R30 million through the generosity of our runners, sponsors, supporters and the general public. We are grateful to you all

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