Amabeadibeadi History

After 75 years of enormous support from people of South Africa, CMA decided it was time to put something back into the communities that has been graciously supporting the event since its inception in 1921. AmaBeadiBeadi Charity drive was born. Since 1996 Comrades Marathon Association’ Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive have raised over R60-million for worthy causes through the Comrades Marathon’s Race4Charity and with the generosity of Comrades runners, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, and partners. Make every kilometre count by fundraising for one of our official charities. We support six different charities you may choose from; all doing incredible work to help others and improve lives.

Charities We Support


CHOC is the only organization in South Africa that provides comprehensive country wide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.


Community Chest

The Pietermaritzburg and Durban Community Chests are a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to raising and distributing funds in a well organised manner, to organisations that meet the Social Welfare, Education and Health needs of the community. They aim to meet Social Responsibility needs of all Donors and strive to create a challenging environment for all volunteers and staff, for personal growth and self-fulfilment.



Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is tackling HIV/AIDS through the holistic and family-centred interventions including education, prevention, community empowerment, income generation and HIV/TB/cancer care. Our geographical focus area is the rural and economically disadvantaged communities of the Valley of 1000 Hills, one of the epicentres of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and directly on the Comrades route.



The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa supports 146 member hospices throughout the country. HPCA is the leading palliative care organisation in South Africa with member hospices caring for over 100 000 patients and family members per year.



Climate Change is the new reality in our lives. Natural disasters dominate headlines locally and globally, with a growing awareness that our beautiful planet is fragile and that we’re testing her limits. In addition, we’re reminded daily of how poorly we treat our home; driving species to extinction, polluting rivers and seas; and unsustainably using the resources that sustain us. It is against this background that WILDLANDS pioneer new pro-poor development approaches that make a sustainability difference.


Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger was established in the USA in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan, it is an International organisation that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid worldwide.

Rise Against Hunger Africa (RAH) is a volunteer-based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009. There are currently four full-time operations (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kwa-Zulu Natal and East London).


Our Achievements

Funds Raised since 1996
Over R62 Million
Funds Raised In 2020
R2 280 498.00
100% Of All Donations Go To The
CMA Official Charities
To donate via EFT please use the below banking details:

ACCOUNT HOLDER:  Comrades Marathon Association 
BANK:  Nedbank
BRANCH:  Smith Str Durban
ACCOUNT NUMBER:  1305846532
BRANCH CODE:  198765
REFERENCE:  (Name of the charity of your choice or AmaBeadiBeadi to split your donation equally amongst all  Official  Charities)


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