Comrades donates R4.5mln to charity from page 1

2016-08-31 06:00

SEVEN charities received substantial donations from the Comrades Marathon Association in the 2016 Amabeadibeadi charity handover recently.

R4.5 million was raised through individual donations, runner who participated and raised funds and through the sale of charity products.

This year 572 runners signed up for the Race4Charity drive, of which 329 raised more than R5 000 and qualified to start in the Charity Seeding Batch.

Vice chairperson Cheryl Winn said the handover was a chance for CMA to give back to the community that supports the event.

“We are deeply grateful to every donation. We receive so much and are pleased to be able to give back,” she said.

This year Pink Drive received the largest donation of over R1.2 million. Other charities included the Durban and Pietermaritzburg Community Chests, Sports Trust, Starfish Foundation, Wildlands Conservation Trust and World Vision.

Noelene Kotschan from Pink Drive said that she was overwhelmed with the donation from the CMA.

“It is humbling to receive this response from runners. Thank you for believing in us and making a difference,” she said.

Kotschan added the donations have allowed Pink Drive to add three mammography units to the public sector hospitals, which gives those less fortunate access to important tests, and education about breast cancer.

“This would not have been possible without CMA and the runners. Together we will make a bigger difference, regardless of what we do,” she said.

CMA board member and head of the CMA’s CSI committee, Alen Hattingh, said that CMA is committed to doing more for the charity drive as well as for the local community via the CSI programme.

“The CMA has undertaken several projects in this regard - the annual Greater Edendale Race incorporating the Aims Children’s Series Race, the KZNA Relay Challenge, the Underprivileged Runners Programme, building an outdoor gym in Pietermaritzburg as well as committing to our staff’s CSI initiatives. It is deeply fulfilling to be involved in any such way to engage with and empower communities,” he said.

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