“My name is Bheki Mthembu, I am a member of the Old Mutual Athletics Club based in East London, Eastern Cape. An executive in the corporate field, I enjoy running very much as a strength that set me above all. Thinking about what children in particular go through without a choice made me realise the importance of doing my part in lending a hand, running for a good cause and encouraging others to do the same. CHOC came to mind as the charity of choice to raise funds for due to these key considerations, namely:

Empowering: It is greatly fulfilling to donate in both monetary terms and with one’s time towards this good cause. Every kilometre I run is effectively a donation to the children with cancer. I am of the view that kids are the future, the fact that they are unable to stand up for themselves due to the stigma, is what drove me out my comfort zone to devise some means to assist them through running the 87km distance to raise funds.

Strengthens personal values: Having the power to improve the lives of others is, to many people, a privilege, and one that comes with its own sense of obligation. Acting on these powerful feelings of responsibility is a great way to reinforce our own personal values and feel like I am living in a way that is true to my own ethical beliefs.

Meaningful impact: Most of us are concerned about our actual donations however I strongly feel we need to consider the impact our good intentions make in terms of the life-long sustainability of our donations. The seamlessness of the focus and the desire to make an impact to those who are unable to further contribute to the attractive wellbeing of a great gift a person can give. 

Significance: Sharing the experience of donating to charity with our younger generation shows them from a young age that they can make positive changes in the world. Children naturally love to help others, so nurturing their innate generosity is likely to mean that they grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have and will carry on supporting charity in years to come.

Positive inspiration: Charitable runs can inspire all the dearest runners to give to causes important to them, and could even bring about an athletics-wide effort to back a charity or charities that have special significance to all of us as a group. My aim is to create a bond, helping to bolster relationships through a shared goal and raising more money than could otherwise be possible through individual donations. Chances are, many of our running community have already conceived the idea of giving to charity, so working together and bringing the idea home could help make even more of a positive impact.”


Run your 2019 Comrades Marathon in support of the Community Chest and help us to educate and feed vulnerable children. As an official Comrades Charity, the Community Chest will be raising funds to support Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Join our team of Superheroes by registering your profile on the Comrades Marathon Race4Charity page by contacting the Community Chest – details below.  You will receive a unique link which you send to your Supporters who will then donate via your online profile. Once you have raised a minimum of R6000, you will get to start your race in the “C” batch and receive a goodie bag from the Community Chest.  Last year the Community Chest of Durban and Pietermaritzburg together raised R338,046.  

In 2019 we are privileged to have iconic South African runners, Barry Holland and David Williams run the 2019 Comrades Marathon in support of ECD. David Williams of Savages Athletics Club has completed the Comrades Marathon 41 times while Barry Holland of Dolphin Coast Striders has completed 46.  There are currently only 12 runners in the world who have completed 40 or more Comrades Marathons.  Join David and Barry and become Superheroes.

Dedicate your 2019 Comrades Marathon to our children.

Call the Community Chest on 031-3033890 or 033-3941031 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.