The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) officially handed over the funds raised from the 2018 Comrades Marathon to its six official charities today on Friday.
The officially-recognised Comrades Amabeadibeadi charities are the Durban and Pietermaritzburg Community Chests, Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC), Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Hospice Palliative Care Association, Wildlands and World Vision SA, who through the Comrades Marathon’s fundraising platform and their own efforts, raised over R5 million.
This amount includes R490, 000 in direct voluntary donations from runners with their entries.
R3,9 million was raised through the Race4Charity initiative, whereby runners commit themselves to raising funds for the charity of their choice.
A further R100, 000 was raised through Amabeadibeadi and other charitable product sales as well as R600, 000 as a result of the individual charities own initiatives.
The CMA’s two top Race4Charity fundraisers were Dean Wight and Grant Cummings, who respectively raised more than R300, 000 each for the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust.
CMA chairman, Cheryl Winn said, “The Comrades Marathon charities handover is always a special occasion for us at the CMA. In as much as this marks the closing chapters of the 2018 Comrades Marathon, it is also an incredibly inspirational moment for all those who put their hearts into charitable giving.”
Winn added, “We salute each and every runner who has donated to our fundraising drive as well as all of the official charities, who gave off their best to make the 2018 Comrades count.”
CMA charities convener, Mqondisi Ngcobo said the work that the official charities are involved with in bettering the social and environmental landscape of South Africa is nothing short of phenomenal.
Ngcobo explained that from small beginnings more than twenty years ago, the CMA’s charitable endeavours have gradually born fruit, to the extent that over the past 10 years, they have enabled their designated official Comrades charities to benefit to the tune of R35 million through the generosity of runners, sponsors, supporters and the general public. “We are grateful to you all,” concluded Ngcobo.