As entries flood in for the 2018 ‘Asijiki - No Turning Back' Comrades Marathon, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is celebrating its new status as one of six official Comrades Marathon charities - the only official Comrades charity in the Upper Highway area. The Centre, which is located directly on the Comrades Marathon route, is calling all runners, supporters and clubs in the Upper Highway area to “put their takkies on for HACT” and choose them as their 2018 Comrades charity of choice. The 93rd Comrades Marathon takes place on Sunday 10 June 2018 in KwaZulu-Natal. This year runners will run approximately 90km downhill from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
HACT’s HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes are set to benefit greatly from the funds raised as runners and supporters world-wide sign up before the race entry cut-off date on the 30th November 2017. Benefitting projects include HACT’s unique life-saving 24 bed Respite/Hospice Unit as well as HIV prevention and community empowerment programmes such as school peer education, support groups for vulnerable children and Gogos (grannies), business skills training, community vegetable gardens, sewing, craftwork and parenting courses. By the close of day four of registration (5 September 2017), more than R200,000 had been raised for the Comrades charities, including approximately R30,000 for HACT.
“The monies raised will help us enormously with our efforts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and positively impact thousands of lives,” said Boni Xaba, HACT Marketing Officer. “Runners can sign up to support HACT through the Comrades Race4Charity and Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive on the Comrades website. By signing up to support an official Comrades charity like HACT, 500 runners stand to improve their seeding batch and skip the Durban registration queue. We are of course very happy to offer runners and supporters help with fundraising ideas, as well as the option to visit our projects to see how the money would be spent. All they need to do is to contact us by phone or email, or they can drop into our offices at 26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest.”
HACT already has experience in assisting Comrades runners to fundraise. Over the past three years, runners Matt and Will Luff from the United Kingdom and South African mother of three, Wendy Smith-Ndlamlenze, raised more than R50,000 in total for HACT’s Respite Unit and Gogo Support Group Programme.
Candace Davidson, HACT CEO, said, “We are thrilled to be named as one of the official charities of the prestigious Comrades Marathon – the ultimate human race! HACT knows how vital it is to promote the goals of health, fitness, fun and positive lifestyles amongst those who face the challenges of poverty, ill health and caring for sick or orphaned loved ones. Although a local, grassroots charity, we have nearly 30 years of experience working on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS pandemic impacting hundreds of families in communities on the Comrades route. Partnering with the Comrades Marathon Association for three years puts our efforts firmly on the international map.”
Contacts and How to fundraise for HACT
To find out more about how you can fundraise for HACT for the 2018 Comrades Marathon, contact Boni Xaba or Candace Davidson on: T: 031 765 5866 (8am-4pm Mon-Fri) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about entering the 2018 Comrades marathon or if you wish to support the fundraising efforts of one of the runners, see: http://www.comrades.com/charities/race-4-charity and http://www.comrades.com/charities/amabeadibeadi
Race4Charity: generates the largest income for the charities – R2.5 million raised in 2017. The campaign is intended to foster wider support for charitable fundraising for the CMA's six official charities. The CMA has reserved 500 entries for runners, who need to raise R5,000 each. This will ensure that they get to start in the C seeding batch meaning they have the opportunity to improve their seeding batch, while raising funds for a good cause. They also get to skip the Queue at Durban registration and register at the Elites / Charity registration counter.
Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive: Runners can also donate to a charity ‘pot’ called the Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive. Donations will be split equally between the six official Comrades charities.
Win-a-Car charity competition: Every R50 donated equals one entry to the Win-a-Car Toyota prize draw. A second Toyota Win-a-Car will be drawn from the Race4Charity platform along with donations made via the Comrades Marathon App and raffle ticket sales at the expo – which the charities will sell. The winner will be announced after entries close 30 November 2017.