New Charity for 2009!

For those of you who have been with me from the very beginning, you will remember that last year, in order to motivate myself to do the training involved with running 89km’s from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, I decided to raise money for a charity – kind of reverse psychology-ing myself into feeling like I had to run now because people were donating money…

Last year we raised about R6 200 for Reach for Recovery (you can read about it here), this year with all my new social media skills, I would like to see if I can exceed that amount.

This year I will be raising money for 2 pre-schools in the Red Hill informal settlements, just outside Simonstown here in Cape Town.  The money raised will go towards sponsoring school fees for some of the most destitute children and to buying school books to help bring the literacy level up to what it should be, for children who range in ages from 1 to 6 years old.

The poverty cycle is perpetuated again and again with education being one of the only things which has the potential to break the cycle.  It is imperative that these children stay in school, which is why helping those families who can’t even afford the R645 per year it costs to send these children to school, means a lot to me and can change lives.

I will be creating a new page with all the details and information on how you can donate, so keep an eye out for that.
Here and here are some of the creative pledges and donations people made last year:

This is the summary of how much money we raised last year and what is possibly my favourite post to date




  1. […] I don’t feel ready but as usual, it is too late to worry about that now…  This will only be the second 56km I have run in my very short running career and with it being only 6 weeks from the Comrades Marathon; I thought it would be a great kick-off spot for all my fund raising activities. […]

  2. Michael says:

    Apologies for this note.It doesnt have much to do with this latest blog. I wonder if you could advise me. I’ll be in Cape Town over from the UK in April and have signed up for TOM (half). I am being told that i am unable to run with my MP3 Player.Im gutted as i do all my training with this an actually guage my run by which song i am on!If i take that chance and run with it would they really kick me out of the race? Its not as if i will cross the line first – last maybe but not first. Thanks for the advice and again sorry if this is the wrong forum.

  3. Michaelthereluctantrunner says:

    Thanks for your supportive comments Candice. My goodness, you and your Mum are setting the bar pretty high. What an inspiration!
    Great story. It echoes so many of my own thoughts so far and I’ll keep an eye on your progress.

    Best regards

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