AMABEADIBEADI CHARITIES NEWS
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust’s (HACT) official Comrades Charity Ambassador, Dean Wight (pictured left with his wife, Despina) was presented with his Comrades 2020 Top Fundraiser Award Certificate this past weekend at the Charity’s Centre in central Hillcrest. Last year, Dean raised an astronomical R402 260 for the official Comrades charity through the Race the Comrades Legends virtual race making Dean both HACT & Comrades’ Top Charity Fundraiser for the past three years in a row. (R327 000 in 2018, R352 060 in 2019 and R402 260 in 2020)
Despite this year’s running of the Comrades Marathon having to be cancelled for a second year in a row as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dean is still determined to carry on raising funds for HACT in 2021 and has recently signed up to run 90km come Sunday, the 13th June as part of Comrades’ virtual Centenary Hope Challenge event.
“Comrades may be cancelled yet again, but more than ever, HACT still needs donations to carry out its life-saving work. Over the past year, I’ve personally witnessed their team going above and beyond to help thousands of vulnerable children and families living directly along the Comrades route in the Valley of 1000 Hills, many of whom are suffering as a result of COVID-19.”
A passionate runner, who has completed 28 Comrades Marathons, Dean is the founder of online running community, Beloved Long Runs (BLR) KZN and it is through the generous support of this network of runners, as well as his close friends and family, that Dean has been able to raise such an impressive amount of funding for HACT’s work over the past three years.
“I couldn’t be prouder of what we as the BLR KZN running community have achieved over the past three years. HACT pioneered care and compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS over 30 years ago and their dedication to helping those in need continues to inspire me to help them make a difference through my running.”
SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY CHEST
We all need to stand together and fight this Pandemic Season and remember, after a storm there is also a rainbow. To all our Superheroes who will be registering to run for Community Chest in this year’s Comrades Marathon, you will be glad to know that Community Chest continues to strive to Nourish and Educate over 6500 children within our Early Childhood Development Sectors.
No children should be hungry because of a virus. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage all runners to register for the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge and make your donation to Community Chest, for every step you take – YOU will be adding HOPE to our children in need.
Remember “Educating the Mind without educating the Heart is no Education at All”
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Our vision is a Southern Africa without hunger.
Our mission is to eradicate child hunger in Southern Africa by transformation through education.
Rise Against Hunger Africa’s key focus is to support children between the ages of 1 to 6 years. RAH Africa distributes nutritious meals via Early Childhood Development centres linking the provision of food to education.
The ECD Connect program allows the crèches we support to improve their educational facilities, provide teacher training opportunities and become sustainable micro enterprises.
RAH is also committed to creating food security within the communities we work. This is achieved by creating sustainable community vegetable gardens.
These projects create employment, skills development, provide nutritious vegetables to the children and provide a platform to empower woman in the community to start their own micro vegetable markets.