COMRADES MARATHON GIVES BACK TO THE NEEDY

Comrades Marathon gives back to the needy

The CMA officially handed over much needed mattresses, blankets and food products from its Old Mutual Comrades Underprivileged Runners Project to non-profit organisations this week. Among those who benefitted were several community based projects and NGO's focused on socio-economic upliftment and early childhood development.

CMA Vice Chairperson, Cheryl Winn, who also oversees the CMA's Official Charities Committee said, "Every year, the CMA donates all of its used mattresses, blankets and food that are left over from the Underprivileged Runners Village project hosted over the Comrades weekend."

Winn said, "This year we accommodated about 500 runners at the Old Mutual Comrades Underprivileged Runners Project at the YMCA in Pietermaritzburg, providing shelter and sustenance to enable them to participate in The Ultimate Human Race. Together with the assistance of volunteers from the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest, fresh and hearty meals were prepared for the runners over the course of their stay at the runners' village."

800 mattresses and blankets were provisionally allocated to the project. Of these, 400 were handed over to the Community Chest to donate to schools, créches and homes for children in need. The remaining 400 mattresses will be donated to similar projects in and around Pietermaritzburg. Winn tells us that nearly 50 stretcher beds which were used in the Comrades Medical Tent were also donated to the Community Chest earlier this week. These will be donated to crèches around KwaZulu-Natal, where they will reportedly be used in the sick bay facilities of the respective beneficiary organisations.

Winn concludes, "We are very grateful to our sponsors and partners, especially our major sponsor Old Mutual who so generously made the Underprivileged Runners Project a reality this year. The support of our sponsors is essential to the success of the Comrades Marathon."

Old Mutual Head of Brand Karen Thomas said, "It was important for Old Mutual to get involved in a project of this nature. Many runners dream of competing in the Comrades Marathon, but for a variety of reasons can't always get to the start line. By sponsoring the Comrades Underprivileged Runners Project, Old Mutual helped ensure that many more runners got the opportunity to be a part of this special day on the South African running calendar."

 

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