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.”



 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”



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.



The CMA has called on charitable organisations to submit applications for designation as Official Comrades Marathon Amabeadibeadi  Charities for the period 2021, 2022 and 2023.


Please note that all forms need to be delivered to Comrades House before the close of business on 30 September 2020. Emailed applications will be invalid.


Download the forms HERE




The Comrades Marathon CSI team, with tremendous assistance from our generous runners in Brazil have been busy assisting the community of Fredville, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills with school preparations for Covid-19 readiness.


Imbaliyezwe Junior Primary educates 850 children from pre-school, through to Grade 4 with very limited resources. At the time lockdown began, the school only had two working taps and no water in the pre-school block.

Thanks to a generous donation from Comrades International Brand Ambassador for Brazil, Nato Amaral, and his team of runners, the complete refurbishment of the pre-school block toilets was possible.


This saves the 350 children and teachers who use the pre-school block a long walk up a steep embankment to the top of the school where the main toilet blocks are situated. A further 2 handwash stations were installed outside the classrooms and the broken taps outside the building were also repaired. 

The CMA has also further contributed by having masks made for each child for their return to school and, through a collaboration with Wildlands, planted 20 indigenous trees that will provide shade in the future for all the children who attend Imbaliyezwe.


A further surprise awaited the kids on their return, with the most incredibly talented wall artist, Giffy, adding some magic to the front entrance of the school.


The Comrades CSI Committee would like to thank our Brazilian family, Wildlands and Giffy for sharing their time and resources in making Imbaliyezwe a much healthier and happier place for the children of Fredville.