Comrades Runners Help HACT Give Hope to Those in Need
On Friday, the 3rd August 2018, months of hard work paid off as the HACT’s team (pictured left to right: Sally Jones, Julie Hornby, Dean Wight, Candace Davidson and Claire Hodgkinson) were presented with a cheque for over R1 million at the CMA’s (Comrades Marathon Association’s) official Charities Handover event.
As one of six official Comrades charities in 2018, our team recruited over 70 local and international runners to run and raise funds for HACT’s “Run for Hope” campaign which was spearheaded by our three ambassadors - founder of Beloved Long Runs KZN, Dean Wight, multiple SA champion and road running legend, Blanche Moila and well known AIDS activist and co-founder of the TAC, Mark Heywood.
The HACT team are very proud and grateful to have also had Comrades’ top two fundraisers in 2018 running for HACT - Dean Wight who raised an incredible R327 000 and Grant Cummings, who came a close second raising R323 190.42. Funds raised through HACT’s 2018 Comrades campaign are going to our 24-bed Respite Unit and Gogo (Granny) Support Groups programme. Speaking at the Charities Handover event, HACT’s CEO, Candace Davidson explained what a blessing these much needed funds were to our centre;
“HACT has an annual operating budget of over R15 million which every year is becoming more and more difficult to secure. It costs approximately R5 million a year alone just to keep the doors to our Respite Unit open which is currently the only facility of its kind in the region. So on behalf of our patients, our gogos and the thousands of local people whose lives will be saved and transformed through this campaign over the coming year, I would like to thank the CMA and all those who ran for HACT this year for their generous and enthusiastic support!”
On race day, the HACT Centre was abuzz with marathon fever as our local community joined us for our inaugural Comrades Family Fun Day which included a DJ, performances from the Hillcrest Primary School drummers, a local dance crew, face painting courtesy of volunteers from Hillcrest High School and delicious refreshments courtesy of Butlers Restaurant. Out team was delighted to even have some of our Respite Unit patients come join our visitors and guests in cheering on all the runners. The atmosphere was electric and a truly fun and memorable day was had by all!
HACT's 2019 Comrades camapign is set to launch next month. For more details, please click here.