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 five different charities you may choose from; all doing incredible work to help others and improve lives.

Race 4 Charity Info


Race4Charity offers runners an opportunity to turn their running efforts into something great for charity. The campaign is intended to foster wider support for charitable fundraising for the CMA’s five official charities.


I am a Comrades Marathon Runner: When entering participants will have the option of joining Race 4 Charity before completing an entry. Once you have selected yes to create a Race 4 Charity page, participants will then get to choose which one of the five AmaBeadiBeadi charities they would like to support. Once a Race 4 Charity page has been created your name will appear on the Race 4 Charity fundraiser page. Let the fundraising begin!

To support your favourite Runner: Find them on the Race 4 Charity fundraiser page by clicking on this LINK. Once on the Race 4 Charity fundraiser page, click on their name to make a donation to their cause. You can also send them a message of support when making a donation on their fundraising page.

Get your family and fellow runners to support your cause: Send your fundraising page link to your donors, who can then donate by one of the following methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Instant EFT

Please follow the steps below to donate:

  • Click on the Race 4 Charity fundraiser page
  • Type your name in the search block
  • Click on your name to go to your fundraising page. You can then copy the URL and send it to your family and friends to donate to your cause.
  • Click on Donate Now to load a donation. Complete the required fields, leave a message of support and proceed to the payment portal.
  • Payments can be made via Visa, MasterCard or Instant EFT.
  • Once your payment has been loaded it will reflect on your fundraising page.

The spirit of the Comrades Marathon is said to be embodied by attributes of camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, perseverance, and UBUNTU which simply means humanity towards others. Beyond the sense of achievement that you will get from finishing the Comrades Marathon, running on behalf of a charity will give you further purpose for completing the event.

Make a change

Each one of us can make a difference but together we make a change. Your donations help us give orphaned children what every child needs to flourish, help those in dire situation and help save the ocean and the environment. By joining Race4Charrity you will be changing lives.


We all have days where we find ourselves hitting the wall during training or the race itself. Raising funds for charity can give you an extra incentive to keep on going not only for yourself but those who are less fortunate. Knowing the cause is no longer about you helps you push beyond the limits.


Comrades Marathon is a world-renowned ultramarathon, this is an ideal stage to increase an awareness about the worthy cause to the whole world. Abundance of national T.V and other mass media coverage plus thousands of spectators along the route.

Friendly support.

Spectators give charity superheroes an unmatched, unconditional, and unwavering support on the race day. But there is nothing that will beat that warm and fuzzy feeling you will receive on your charity organization who are guaranteed to be on the route on the race day. This will make you gradually increase your fundraising efforts.



Dean Wight (2018,2019,2020 Top fundraiser)
Runners need to use what personal networks and talents they have at their disposal. Use what you’ve got and put your heart and soul into doing it well , work with your circle of influence , use the talents GOD has given you , i.e. painting , crafting or events such as fundraisers , I use my large running community of KZN known as Beloved Long Runs to raise my funds.

Tanya (2020 Top 5 donor)
Do not be shy, just ask people. They can either contribute or not. No harm done in asking, if not.

Celeste (Top 8th fundraiser 2020)
Go visit your charity of choice and make yourself familiar with what they do, how they do it and grow your understanding of their service. Secondly it is all about asking people to support them through your campaign. People need reminders so monthly reminders might be needed or perhaps more frequent. I always ensured I thanked each person personally when they contributed to express my appreciation.

Mathew Luff (Top 9 fundraiser 2020)
Know your charity partner well. Be committed and passionate. Don’t be afraid to fail, try different things.

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

Community Chest

Calling all Comrades Superheroes! We need you to make an impact in the lives of 6 000 under-resourced children, under the age of five, living in impoverished areas throughout KwaZulu-Natal. The first five years of a child’s life are essential in developing mental, physical, social, and emotional skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Join us in our quest and give your Comrades journey extra life-giving purpose. Run for Community Chest Durban and Pietermaritzburg and raise much-needed funds for Early Childhood Development.



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.



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 (RAH) 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 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 since 1996


Funds Raised In 2020

Funds Raised In 2020

R2 280 498

All Donations Go To

All Donations Go To

CMA Official Charities

To donate via EFT please use the below banking details:

ACCOUNT HOLDER: Comrades Marathon Association
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62942789960
REFERENCE: (Name of the charity of your choice or AmaBeadiBeadi to split your donation equally amongst all Official Charities)

For Section 18A SARS Tax Certificate email

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