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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.”

Our charity focus this month is the charity that the South African Spingbok Sevens Rugby Team are supporting – Samaritan’s Feet

Asics have partnered with the South African Rugby Sevens Team and other Springboks Athletes to raise funds for Samaritan’s Feet Campaign. Check out their Givengain profile to support them or to be a fundraiser for the campaign. https://www.givengain.com/c/samaritansfeet/

Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization aimed at giving each child in the world the option to put a pair of shoes on their feet. Be it ice cold, blistering heat, thorns, rocks or rain, each child should wake up and have the choice to a pair of shoes protecting their feet. Founded in 2003 by Nigerian born Emmanuel Ohonme and his wife Tracie for the purpose of sharing hope with those in need by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them to believe that dreams can come true.
Samaritan’s Feet is a growing movement of more than 70 000 people across the world, willing to humble themselves as servants, so that others might know the opportunity of a better life.

“ Every R100 will help us put a pair of shoes on the feet of an child or adult in need and will form part of Samaritans Feet “No Choice” and “Count2Zero” campaign.”

The people of Samaritan’s Feet believe that shoes are so much more than status symbols and fashion accessories. A new pair of shoes can be a symbol of hope to a person in need. In many cases it can save a life as millions of children die each year from foot borne diseases, simply because they do not have a pair of shoes to put on their feet. The Count2Zero and NoChoice distributions are designed to both meet physical needs and inspire young people to believe in the value of opportunity, hard work and the service to others.
These distributions are the outpouring of the Samaritan’s Feet dedication to changing lives forever.

Collaboration and Comprehensive Care
Samaritan’s Feet partners with local governments, schools, companies, individuals and various organisations to take shoes directly to places of the greatest need. It is a mission of comprehensive care for underprivileged children.
•  Foot washing contributes to better health and models service to others
•  Providing shoes protects from disease and leaves a lasting symbol of hope
•  Partnering with others provides opportunities for on-going relationships and education.
The Count2Zero and NoChoice distributions are empowering a new generation of young people to believe life is worth living and its living with hope and generosity.

If you would like to #Run4change and make a difference to the communities we live in then please check out the steps on how to choose a charity, set up your donation profile on Givengain and start fundraising! Make your run meaningful!

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