NEWS FROM WORLD VISION
Inviting all Comrades runners to use our Supporters Spot en-route!!
Are you running Comrades??
Are you worried you might not meet up with your official Seconds en-route??
Use the World Vision Supporters Spot, a guaranteed meeting point for the things you just can’t do without half way into your run!!!
World Vision is one of the official Charities to the Comrades Marathon and would like to give back to those participating in the event and to those raising funds for us.
So, if you are running for World Vision SA Charity – we will look after your essentials for you on the race day!
Come deliver your goodies to our stand during the expo, with your race number and details and then find us en-route on race day, outside the Ethembeni School.
We are the Angels after the halfway Mark about 37km before PMB – to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
The offer is also open to all other runners too, who are not part of the Charity - a small donation of R100 towards World Vision SA is payable for the service.
World Vision SA an Official Amabeadibeadi Charity to the Comrades Marathon!
H.A.C.T. - BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES THROUGH SPORT
This year, official Comrades charity, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) has launched an exciting new project that is bringing hope to orphaned and vulnerable children living in many of the rural communities situated directly along the Comrades Marathon route. By harnessing the universal appeal of soccer, HACT’s Goals 4 Life project uses trained facilitators or “coaches” to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and education programme which has been proven to reduce the rate of HIV infection amongst children and young people while providing targeted support to those already living with the disease.
Speaking at the official launch of the project in the Valley of 1000 Hills last month, HACT’s Goals 4 Life Project Coordinator, Pam Mtshali says; “We all know the power that sport can have in engaging and uniting people of all ages and backgrounds. As an official Comrades charity, the HACT team are so excited that our Comrades runners are able to help us make a real difference in the lives of local children in need through projects such as this.”
With an HIV infection rate of 40%, the Valley of 1000 Hills is currently considered one of the epicentres of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Here, HACT works closely alongside local communities to implement practical, sustainable projects that make a meaningful difference in the lives of those most affected by the disease. To learn more about HACT’s life-saving and life-changing projects and services, please visit their website: www.hillaids.org.za
NEWS FROM HOSPICE
Butterflies, in memory of Vic Clapham and his Comrades by Diane Van Dyk
The wind increased as I climbed the hill
Comrades beside me strong and still
Just ahead, they flew out to greet me.
Fluttering out across the lea
They hung like flags against the blue
Each one so different in their hue
In that brief moment as I glimpsed their beauty
I felt a sense of peace, hope, strength and duty
And in the turmoil of that day
I dug down deep
No time to weep
The finish line for me awaits
As I pass through those pearly gates.
And so as we prepare our flags
For this year’s Comrades race
We spare a thought to those whose grace
Will run The Ultimate Human Race.