The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that 32 charitable organisations from across South Africa have applied for selection as an official Amabeadibeadi charity for the upcoming three year charity cycle. Applications closed on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.
The CMA’s Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive has been raising funds through the Comrades Marathon’s various platforms and with the generosity of Comrades runners, supporters, volunteers, sponsors and partners since 1996, with over R60-million raised for worthy causes since its inception.
The current six official Amabeadibeadi charities are: the Durban & Pietermaritzburg Community Chests, Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC), Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Hospice Palliative Care Association, Wildlands Conservation Trust and World Vision South Africa.
The charities’ respective focus is on issues of community development, health and wellness, early childhood development, care for the aged, AIDS and cancer care and support; as well as environmental health and sustainability.
Through the amazing Amabeadibeadi Charity initiative, the chosen charities gain significant resources to effect the intended meaningful change to those needy communities and sectors across South Africa.
Charities are selected for a three-year cycle, beginning with the build-up to Comrades 2021 until post-Comrades 2023.
CMA Charities & CSI Convenor, Pat Freeman says, “We put out a request for applications from charities across South Africa to be selected as an official Comrades Amabeadibeadi charity and are pleased to report that 32 charitable organisations heeded the call and submitted their application. The work of our chosen charities is nothing short of phenomenal and it is our goal as the Comrades Marathon Association that we continue to make a meaningful contribution to the charitable sector in our country and make a positive change to the social and environmental landscape through their daily activities.”