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‘Giving is not just about making a donation; it is about making a difference.’

“Our Comrades Race4Charity runners are an absolute inspiration and their motivation and passion spurs us on to do more, give more and be more,” says Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Charities & CSI Convenor, Pat Freeman, who has thanked all Comrades Marathon runners, supporters, sponsors and the public at large for their big-heartedness in contributing to this year’s Comrades Amabeadibeadi charity drive.


The CMA officially handed over the funds raised via entries into the 2020 Comrades Marathon (‘The Race That Never Was’) and the inaugural ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ virtual event to its six Official Amabeadibeadi Charities recently.


 With the National Lockdown discouraging large gatherings, the CMA opted for an innovative virtual handover as opposed to the hosting of its traditional official charities handover event at Comrades House.


R2.28-million was distributed to the six official Amabeadibeadi charities, namely the Durban & Pietermaritzburg Community Chests, Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC), Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Hospice Palliative Care Association, Wildlands Conservation Trust and World Vision SA.


This amount included R330-thousand raised via the CMA’s inaugural virtual event, ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ which was hosted on Sunday, 14 June.


Runners who chose to Race4Charity raised R557-thousand with Dean Wight raising just over R400-thousand of those funds for the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, and being the Top Charity Fundraiser for the third consecutive year.


Freeman added, “In the spirit of the Comrades Marathon, every runner is a winner, therefore in my opinion, every charity becomes a winner too. On a daily basis I am taken aback by the commitment and passion that drives our six official Amabeadibeadi charities to deliver on their mandate and go the extra mile. The effort, time and commitment by these do-gooders is nothing short of phenomenal.”


CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says, “Thank you to each one of our runners and Comrades enthusiasts who selflessly supported our Official Charities. Given that Covid-19 so completely disrupted our plans and our lives, we still managed to achieve a lot and were able to once again demonstrate that Comrades Marathon Runners care. I hope that we will achieve much more as we work towards next year’s 2021 Comrades Centenary Celebrations.”


CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo says, “We salute each and every runner who has donated to our fundraising drive as well as all of the official charities who give of their best on a daily basis to make our country a better place.”


The CMA has produced a video to reflect the wonderful work of our Amabeadibeadi charities, including messages from the CMA and the respective charity representatives. Watch the handover video here: https://youtu.be/GG5RpXhYwN4b


The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that there are just two days left for charitable organisations in South Africa to apply for selection as an official Amabeadibeadi charity. Applications need to be submitted at Comrades House – 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville in Pietermaritzburg - by close of business 16h30 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, care for the aged, health and wellness, AIDS care and support and the environment.


Through the amazing Amabeadibeadi Charity initiative, they gain significant resources to effect the intended meaningful change to those needy communities across South Africa.

Charities are selected for a three-year cycle, beginning with the build-up to Comrades 2021 until post-Comrades 2023.


Those charities which agree to participate as an official Comrades Amabeadibeadi Charity will be required to enter a formal agreement and must be able to commit to the following Comrades Marathon events and promotions annually:

  • 3 days active of participation in the Comrades Marathon Expo with a minimum of 4 staff members or volunteers.
  • Attendance at the Annual Fundraising Handover Media Launch – normally held in Pietermaritzburg during the month of July
  • Provision of a minimum of 6 media articles to inform runners of your organization’s work and progress
  • A dedicated staff member who will devote their time to communicating with runners who choose to support your charity, keep record of direct deposits and provide fundraising advice and ideas to your campaign
  • An open mind to collaborate with our other Official Charities.
  • Hosting a refreshment station on race day.


The closing date for applications is 30 September 2020. Please note that emailed applications will not be accepted. Applications must be hand-delivered or couriered to:

Comrades Marathon Association 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3201. For enquiries, please call Sifiso Mngoma on 033 897 8650 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For the downloadable forms, please click through to: https://www.comrades.com/images/2020/PDF/OFFICIAL_CHARITIES_APPLICATION_FORM_2020__002.pdf


CMA Charities & CSI Convenor, Pat Freeman says, “We welcome applications from charities across South Africa to be selected as an official Comrades Amabeadibeadi charity. 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.”


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