OVER the past 13 years, IRONMAN 4 the Kidz has been a consistent contributor to children’s charities in South Africa. Through the dedication of athletes participating in the world’s most challenging multisport endurance events, the generosity of sponsors and the support of South African and international residents, the charity reached its 2017 goal of R2.1 million and continues to make a difference for those in need. The IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity currently supports 20 children’s establishments and funds around the country.Over and above the regular requests for assistance in the areas of running costs, medical and nutritional needs, some of the key projects earmarked for the beneficiaries this year include: Maintenance to vehicles at EP Child and Youth Care Centre Purchase of a new school bus at Khayalethu Youth Centre Security enhancements and homework rooms at M.T.R Smit Children’s Haven Therapy equipment at Sabrina Love Foundation Nutrition, care and daily running costs at Lelethu Baby Shelter. There were 175 athletes who raced in Team Orange for the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz in 2017, as well as the business community and public who supported the charity. Adding the R2.1 million raised this year, brings the total amount raised and distributed in the 13 years of the event to R15 million.“The 2018 IRONMAN season is going to be one of the most exciting with the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships being hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in September,” Garth Wright, one of the IRONMAN4 the Kidz founders, said.“The IRONMAN 4 the Kidz charity is hoping to benefit from the championship event and achieve a record collection of funds for the kids they assist.”For more info go to www.ironman4thekidz.co.za.