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The Comrades Marathon Association’s six official charities continue to do their bit in the communities in which they operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each charity focuses on amazing nation-building initiatives that continually add value to the environmental and social landscape.


The Comrades Charities are involved in projects ranging from early childhood development and social welfare to care for the aged; sustainable development of the green economy, marine and coastal conservation; as well as childhood cancer care and HIV/Aids support.




They are:

  • Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • Community Chest of Durban and Pietermaritzburg
  • Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust
  • Hospice Association KwaZulu-Natal
  • Wildlands Conservation Trust; and
  • Rise Against Hunger Africa being the new kid on the block.


Childhood Cancer Association: https://choc.org.za/

CHOC is made up of caring, committed and passionate people who stand up for, and support the well-being of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders and their families. They strive to save lives through early detection and making the journey of those who are affected by childhood cancer, less burdensome through the comprehensive support programmes which they offer.


The Community Chest: http://www.communitychest.org.za/                           

The Durban, Pietermaritzburg & District Community Chest focuses on 4 key social issues that colour the South African socio-political landscape. These are Education, Health, Stable Income-Generation and Community. They aim to enhance communities and restore hope through facilitating corporate giving, investment and community participation.   


Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust: https://www.hillaids.org.za/

HACT was founded in 1990 and provides unconditional love and hope to all those impacted by HIV/AIDS. They comprehensively assess the status and needs of everyone who approaches them for help and provide holistic care for people living with HIV/AIDS. They economically empower people living with HIV/AIDS and provide HIV/AIDS education and awareness. They also care for at-risk groups– such as orphaned and vulnerable children.


Hospice Association KwaZulu-Natal: https://kznhospiceassociation.com/   

Hospice KZN aims to promote quality in life, dignity in death and support in bereavement for all living with a life-threatening illness. They provide care to thousands of South Africans each year and provide holistic medical and psychological support to their patients and their families. 


Wildlands Conservation Trust: http://wildtrust.co.za/wildlands/                

Wildlands has networks in 60 communities, transforming the lives of thousands of South Africans and improving their livelihoods through innovative sustainable programmes. Their Wildlands programme is structured around Wildlife Economy, Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Communities’ interventions. With a core focus on inclusive growth, the Wildlands programme is improving the lives of thousands of South Africans whilst restoring and conserving the natural environment that supports them.


Rise Against Hunger Africa: https://rahafrica.org/                                              

Rise Against Hunger is an International organisation which was established in the USA in 1998 and started in South Africa in 2009. RAH coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid worldwide. It is a volunteer-based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme that currently has four full-time operations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and East London. RAH’s vision is an Africa without hunger with a mission of transformation through education; educating their donors, beneficiaries, volunteers and suppliers about the role they play in eradicating child hunger.



Please protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by adhering to the following measures.

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!


What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19

  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.


*Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:

  • Wash or sanitise your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time.
  • Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.
  • When you take off a mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask, or dispose of a medical mask in a trash bin.
  • Don’t use masks with valves.


How to make your environment safer

  • Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact.
    • Outbreaks have been reported in restaurants, choir practices, fitness classes, nightclubs, offices and places of worship where people have gathered, often in crowded indoor settings where they talk loudly, shout, breathe heavily or sing.
    • The risks of getting COVID-19 are higher in crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces where infected people spend long periods of time together in close proximity. These environments are where the virus appears to spread by respiratory droplets or aerosols more efficiently, so taking precautions is even more important.
  • Meet people outside. Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor ones, particularly if indoor spaces are small and without outdoor air coming in.
    • For more information on how to hold events like family gatherings, children’s football games and family occasions, read our Q&A on small public gatherings.
  • Avoid crowded or indoor settings but if you can’t, then take precautions:
  • Open a window.Increase the amount of ‘natural ventilation’ when indoors.
  • WHO has published Q&As on ventilation and air conditioning for both the general publicand people who manage public spaces and buildings.
  • Wear a mask.


Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.


What to do if you feel unwell

  • Know the full range of symptoms of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Call your health care provider or hotline for advice. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house or have someone near you, wear a medical mask to avoid infecting others.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Call by telephone first, if you can and follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Local and national authorities and public health units are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

For more information, please click through to: www.who.int



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