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RUN4CHANGE – A FOREST OF TREES RUNNING THE MARATHON

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Cape Town’s beautiful springtime marathon is aiming to raise in excess of R3 million for the 50+ charities this year. This is a 50% increase in charitable earnings from last year’s event, which was awarded Participation Event of the Year at the annual Sports Industry Awards.

“It’s extraordinary what city marathons can do for their local communities,” says race director Janet Welham. “The London Marathon, one of the world’s top marathon majors, has raised over R18 billion since its founding in 1981, and more specifically R1,176 billion at its 2018 event. Another major, the Boston Marathon, raised R520 million at its event last year, about a 7% increase on the year before.”

The Township Farmers aims to run the 42km marathon with a tree on our backs and also from time to time, ask our friends and family to join us….

Why?
Township Farmers SA, is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2017 by Siyabulela Sokomani and Ondela Manjezi, to bring awareness to three issues that are close and dear to their hearts;
1. Food insecurity,
2. Environmental protection & conservation, and,
3. Sustainable community development

Through Townships Farmers #runningtree campaign, the duo have raised and planted over 2000 trees across South Africa’s townships from Jabavu, Soweto to J section, Khayelitsha. This is their attempt to change the landscape of what is known as a Township. To re-imagine the narrative of the dusty township streets as it no longer is relevant to the energetic go-getters and dreamers the Township raises every day.

The ambitious goal for 2019 is to raise funds for 2019 trees during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to be held in September and as the marathon’s official charity we have dared our friends and family to take part in the 42km and 10km race and help us bring the green to the greenest marathon in Africa. A moving forest consisting of 19 runners each will be on the road raising awareness on the effects of climate change, deforestation in Africa how it impacts sustainable development, the development of the girl child and food security… while of cause having fun!

In an attempt to have Khayelitsha named as the greenest township in South Africa, the 2019 trees raised will be planted in Khayelitsha schools and neighborhoods.

For as little as R70 you can donate towards this dream and help us make history.

Please contact us if you want to fundraise trees for us or be part the #MovingForest by running or want to donate as a company, at info@townshipfarmers.org. https://www.givengain.com/c/townshipfarmerssa/

 

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