[NEWS] Get fit, do good at the Joburg 10K CityRun Virtual Edition

Durban runners can support five Durban-based charities when they sign up for the Joburg 10K CityRun Virtual Edition.

The event will take place on Friday, 24 September 2021 on National Heritage Day.

Forming part of SA’s premier road running series, the Run Your City series, the Joburg 10K CityRun Virtual Edition proudly supports five Durban based charities, including

  1. Durban & Coast SPCA
  2. iThemba Lethu
  3. Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD)
  4. TREE
  5. LIV Village

Animal welfare

The Durban & Coast SPCA rescues abused and neglected domestic, farm and wild animals, while promoting responsible pet ownership, providing a shelter for strays, and a veterinary service for pets of underprivileged people.

“The pandemic has forced us to adapt in many ways to keep the wheels turning,” says Tanya Fleischer, Durban & Coast SPCA Marketing Manager.

“All funds received will be put towards caring for animals, whether it be petrol for inspectorate vans to get to animals in need, filling animal food bowls at our SPCA, providing warm blankets for animals or treating stray animals in our clinic.”

Child welfare

Since 2000, iThemba Lethu has been a transition home for many abandoned and vulnerable babies and children, providing a safe, loving and nurturing place as we work to re-unite them back into their biological families or find them new forever families through the process of adoption.

In conjunction with the Family Integration Programme, the Breastmilk Bank affords the babies in the homes and surrounding hospitals, donor breast milk for optimum health and growth.

The HIV prevention programme works to equip the youth and leaders of tomorrow with life skills, leadership skills and education to help them make wise, hope-filled decisions for their lives.

As part of this programme iThemba Lethu also engages with the learner’s family units to offer them support, investing in income-generating opportunities and community upliftment, as well as specifically working with the men in the community through their Fatherhood Programme, all to create better home environments.

Funds raised will go towards the provision of nappies and nutrition for the babies in the baby home and food relief for the community.

Make a dream come true

Established in 1988, Reach For A Dream seeks to inspire hope and help children to believe in the power of dreams.

“All proceeds raised have really allowed us to positively impact the lives of children who are fighting a life-threatening illness,” says Natalie Lazaris, Reach For A Dream Business Head.

The funds raised will be used towards dream fulfillment for children between the ages of three and 18

Empowering through education

Founded in 1984, TREE (Training and Resources in Early Education) is a non-profit organisation that specialises in Early Childhood Development (ECD), Resource and Training development of/for the ECD Workforce with a special focus on Women Empowerment.

“Funds raised will go towards our non-centre based programmes within the deep rural communities that we work in. These programmes focus on creating enabling environments that stimulate the child’s brain development from birth to five years,” says Ruby Motaung, TREE Director.

“TREE has also been severely compromised due to the recent unrest as our Durban offices have been looted. The estimated damage is between 8-9 million rand. The funds raised will also go towards rebuilding the organisation so that we can fast track our operational activities.”

Family support

Based in the community of Cottonlands, just outside of Verulam in Durban (KZN), LIV Village was founded in 2010 and first opened to mothers and children in August 2011.

“The funds raised will go towards the provision of holistic residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Our goal is to rescue a child, restore a life, raise a leader and release a star,” says Hannah Cobbold, LIV Village Durban Marketing Assistant.

For more info or to enter, email entries@joburg10k.com or visit runyourcityseries.com.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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