Amabeadibeadi History

After 75 years of enormous support from people of South Africa, CMA decided it was time to put something back into the communities that has been graciously supporting the event since its inception in 1921. AmaBeadiBeadi Charity drive was born. Since 1996 Comrades Marathon Association’ Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive have raised over R62-million for worthy causes through the Comrades Marathon’s Race4Charity and with the generosity of Comrades runners, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, and partners. Make every kilometre count by fundraising for one of our official charities. We support six different charities you may choose from; all doing incredible work to help others and improve lives.

Race 4 Charity Info

How to create a R4C page

Charities We Support


CHOC is the only organization in South Africa that provides comprehensive country wide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.


Community Chest

The Pietermaritzburg and Durban Community Chests are a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to raising and distributing funds in a well organised manner, to organisations that meet the Social Welfare, Education and Health needs of the community. They aim to meet Social Responsibility needs of all Donors and strive to create a challenging environment for all volunteers and staff, for personal growth and self-fulfilment. 



Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is tackling HIV/AIDS through the holistic and family-centred interventions including education, prevention, community empowerment, income generation and HIV/TB/cancer care. Our geographical focus area is the rural and economically disadvantaged communities of the Valley of 1000 Hills, one of the epicentres of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and directly on the Comrades route.



KZN is a place of beauty, the world renowned birthplace of the Zulu people. Vast fields of green, dense, lush bush scattered with wild life and the Big 5. Boasting majestic mountains, world heritage sites and, “Year-long summer” beaches; and special people. These special people have a right to a beautiful life in this special place. And these people deserve a comfortable and dignified death. This is why there is a network of Hospices here. An association who fight for this right, who provide care in this important time at the end of life.



The work of the WILDTRUST is actioned through it’s two core programmes, WILDOCEANS and WILDLANDS.

WILDLANDS focuses on conserving terrestrial biodiversity, empowering and uplifting communities through training as well as the protection of wildlife.

WILDOCEANS focuses on marine conservation, advocating for healthy oceans, marine protected areas and the conservation on marine species. Furthermore, WILDOCEANS conducts extensive research and training for future marine experts and policy makers.



Rise Against Hunger was established in the USA in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan, it is an International organisation that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid worldwide.
Rise Against Hunger Africa (RAH) is a volunteer-based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009. There are currently four full-time operations (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kwa-Zulu Natal and East London).


Our Achievements

Funds Raised since 1996


Funds Raised In 2020

R2 280 498

100% Of All Donations Go To The

CMA Official Charities

To donate via EFT please use the below banking details:
ACCOUNT HOLDER:  Comrades Marathon Association 
ACCOUNT NUMBER:  62942789960
BRANCH CODE:  210554
REFERENCE:  (Name of the charity of your choice or AmaBeadiBeadi to split your donation equally amongst all  Official  Charities)
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