“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
The Comrades Marathon Association’s six official charities continue to do their bit in the communities in which they operate during the Covid-19 pandemic and you can too, simply by supporting our charities in any way possible.
Each charity focuses on amazing nation-building initiatives that continually add value to the environmental and social landscape.
The Comrades Charities are involved in projects ranging from early childhood development and social welfare to care for the aged; sustainable development of the green economy, marine and coastal conservation; as well as childhood cancer care and HIV/Aids support.
· Childhood Cancer Foundation
· Community Chest of Durban and Pietermaritzburg
· Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust
· Hospice Association KwaZulu-Natal
· Wildtrust; and
· Rise Against Hunger Africa being the new kid on the block.
Childhood Cancer Association: https://choc.org.za/
CHOC is made up of caring, committed and passionate people who stand up for, and support the well-being of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders and their families. They strive to save lives through early detection and making the journey of those who are affected by childhood cancer, less burdensome through the comprehensive support programmes which they offer.
The Community Chest: http://www.communitychest.org.za/
The Durban, Pietermaritzburg & District Community Chest focuses on 4 key social issues that colour the South African socio-political landscape. These are Education, Health, Stable Income-Generation and Community. They aim to enhance communities and restore hope through facilitating corporate giving, investment and community participation.
Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust: https://www.hillaids.org.za/
HACT was founded in 1990 and provides unconditional love and hope to all those impacted by HIV/AIDS. They comprehensively assess the status and needs of everyone who approaches them for help and provide holistic care for people living with HIV/AIDS. They economically empower people living with HIV/AIDS and provide HIV/AIDS education and awareness. They also care for at-risk groups– such as orphaned and vulnerable children.
Hospice Association KwaZulu-Natal: https://kznhospiceassociation.com/
Hospice KZN aims to promote quality in life, dignity in death and support in bereavement for all living with a life-threatening illness. They provide care to thousands of South Africans each year and provide holistic medical and psychological support to their patients and their families.
Rise Against Hunger Africa: https://rahafrica.org/
Rise Against Hunger is an International organisation which was established in the USA in 1998 and started in South Africa in 2009. RAH coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid worldwide. It is a volunteer-based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme that currently has four full-time operations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and East London. RAH’s vision is an Africa without hunger with a mission of transformation through education; educating their donors, beneficiaries, volunteers and suppliers about the role they play in eradicating child hunger.
Wildtrust is a Public Welfare Organisation, established in 2004 through the merger of two regional Trusts. It pursues the realisation of its vision of “A thriving and resilient world” through two core programmes: WILDLANDS and WILDOCEANS.
WILDLANDS focuses on conserving terrestrial biodiversity, empowering and uplifting communities through training as well as the protection of wildlife.
WILDLOCEANS focuses on marine conservation, advocating for healthy oceans, marine protected areas and the conservation of marine species. Furthermore, WILDOCEANS conducts extensive research and training for future marine experts and policy makers.
From humble roots in the KwaZulu-Natal Province the Trust has expanded its footprint across Southern Africa, with projects as far afield as Mozambique and the Comoros. The WILDTRUST continues to explore innovative conservation and development pathways that underline the interconnectedness between people and planet.