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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon includes a range of fund-raising activities that help to sustain meaningful community development in South Africa.  We give back by supporting the initiatives of registered non-profit organizations that are making a positive difference in the lives of South African people who strive to realize their potential.

How to raise funds


Official Charities

The Official Charities of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon listed below are involved in the development of running, sport and the community. Help them uplift this wonderful sport of ours by supporting them.


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First of its kind on the African continent, ENDUROCAD aims to become the most proficient distance running and endurance academy in Africa.  It offers a complete suite of services to support and professionally manage young South Africans who have the potential to become world class distance runners.

  • SACanRun KIDS Schools Development Programs
  • SACanRun YOUTH Development Programs
  • Endurocad Endurance Academy

As a non-profit company it relies heavily on the public to support its initiatives.  It is brought to you by Elana Meyer.

Committed to excellence

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WPA Kids Development Program

The “WPA Kids Athletics” Programme aims to ensure a steady and sustainable policy of development of the sport of Athletics. The aim of which is to introduce Children to Athletics at a basic level. The Kids Athletics Programme introduces young children to athletics in an attractive, accessible and instructive manner.

The programme objectives are:

  • Provide and enhance opportunities for communities to participate in athletic activities
  • Increase levels of participation
  • Develop a love for athletics in young people while improving their sporting skills
  • Promote healthier communities, by dealing with the growing challenges of sedentary lifestyles, childhood obesity, gender equality and social cohesion
  • Strengthen development and leadership competencies within WP affiliated clubs
  • Up skill club representatives, coaches and facilitators with coaching, life skills and leadership training
  • Implement a Kids Athletics Programme league competition between clubs
  • Provide the funding, resources and support to continuously deliver successful programmes
  • Support, encourage, develop and optimise the talent within the Western Province
  • Develop performance, talent identification and management systems
  • Create pathways for talented athletes

To find out more please email us directly.


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Raise funds for charity

Give a little, make a big difference. You can make a difference, get involved, help raise funds and/or run the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon for a charity of your choice. #Challengeyourself

To find out more about how you can enter the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon aligned to a charity and which charities you can run for or raise funds for, view the list below. You can make a difference in the lives of those who benefit from these worthy charities. Make your journey along the route of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon a significant one. Be it that you run for them as their VIP Charity entry or by becoming an activist or by making a donation, your contribution will make all the difference.

#Challengeyourself Find a charity of your choice in our charities below and make a difference.

Animal Anti-cruelty League

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Contact Mpho Hlalele on tel: 021 534 6426

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League was established in 1956 as an independent self-sufficient welfare organisation that exists to prevent and eliminate cruelty to all animals whether arising from ignorance, neglect or deliberate cruelty and to service the less advantaged communities though education to care for their pets.  We house unwanted, stray, rescued and abandoned animals at our facilities with the aim to rehabilitate them for adoption.

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town is situated in Epping and has a satellite branch in Bellville South.  The two branches are equipped with a Primary animal health Clinic, Theatre and an Adoptions department.  The main Epping branch also houses the Inspectorate department and mobilises a Mobile clinic which visits disadvantaged areas five times a week to assist the community with primary health care and vaccinations.  As a non-profit organisation we survive on public donations alone and through our own fundraising efforts, we offer a subsidized animal primary health service, support and education to less fortunate communities.

Standard Bank 071465820 Rondebosch 025009

Epping 90 Bofors Circle, Epping 2 Tel: 021 534 6426 Adoptions: 071 000 1557

Bellville 1 Bureau Street, Sacks Circle Industrial, Bellville South Tel: 021 951 3010 Adoptions: 074 575 7737

Anna Foundation

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Contact: or phone +27 (0) 21 - 885 1922

The Anna Foundation runs after-schools for children living on farms and in rural areas of the Western Cape. They implement the “3 R’s Programme: Reading, Running, Right-ing”, which involves education, sports and life skills (presented through drama). This professionally designed, holistic programme is aimed at learners from Grade R – 12 and aims to empower rural children with life skills and core values, building self-worth and self-responsibility.  The Anna Foundation also trains women and men from the farming communities to implement the daily running of the 3 R’s Programme.

The Anna Foundation’s aim is that each child will develop a positive vision for his or her own future, while also ensuring they make a positive future contribution to South Africa as a whole.


Breast Health Foundation

The Breast Health Foundation, which is a Not for Profit Company, was established in April 2002 in conjunction with several companies and organisations to educate the public on Breast Cancer and breast health, increase awareness and empower women.
Its founding was facilitated by individuals who held deep concerns around women’s health issues in South Africa and had the intentions to educate the public on breast health issues in general and Breast Cancer in particular.


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Contact Susann Breytenbach - and telephone number (021) 689 5347/082 452 4706

Purpose & Mission

The Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA’s) purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa by offering a unique, integrated service to the public which involves holistic cancer care and support to all people affected by cancer. It’s mission is to be the preferred non-profit leader that:

enables research
educates the public
provides support to all people affected by cancer

CANSA needs YOUR support in the Fight Against Cancer

You can help CANSA fight cancer by raising funds online via GivenGain. GivenGain enables you to make a donation to an existing online fundraising project that we have created, alternately, you can become a fundraising activist for one of our online fundraising projects and manage your own fundraiser for us. Your supporters will be able to make a secure online donation directly to CANSA. Make a stand against cancer and become a fundraising activist TODAY!

For more information see or email or call 0800 22 66 22. Alternately, contact Lucy Balona, General Manager Marketing & Communication CANSA: email – or tel: 011-616 7662.

Cape Kidney

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The Cape Kidney Association is a Grassroots Non-Profit Organisation that raises funds for indigent Kidney patients. The Non-Profit Association was founded in 1978 by a group of Nephrology Doctors and Nurses who saw a need to assist indigent Kidney patients.

We the Cape Kidney Association support Kidney dialysis patients with monthly food parcels, travel allowance to get to the hospitals for their dialysis and bursaries to further their studies or start-up costs for small businesses.

This is the only organisation in the Western Cape that is Kidney patient care based.

Childrens Hospital Trust

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Contact Andrea Sasman at or phone +27 (0)21 686 7860

Since it was established in 1994, the Children’s Hospital Trust has funded prioritised projects and programmes at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and in 2011 implemented an outreach strategy to broadly impact on paediatric healthcare in the Western Cape Province. This has resulted in even more children being granted the best possible chance of living the life they were destined for. The Children’s Hospital Trust is driven by its commitment to get children back home where they belong – safe from injury and the burden of disease that is rife on the African continent.

The Hospital is a beacon of hope in child healthcare in Africa and provides a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists to diagnose and treat young patients who require complex medical interventions. A purpose-designed facility for children is crucial to ensure a world-class paediatric medical service is delivered – not only because children are physically smaller but also because medical intervention in children is far more intricate than in adults.

As the largest, stand-alone tertiary hospital dedicated entirely to child health in sub-Saharan Africa, the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s stature far outweighs its 260 000 annual patient visits. It holds the hope of a healthy childhood, a parent’s faith in healing, and a medical professional’s gift of prevention and cure for tomorrow’s most precious resources – our children.

For detailed information on the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital visit


Drakenstein Palliative Hospice

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Contact us: +27 (021) 8724060

At Drakenstein Palliative Hospice we believe in caring for the community, in the community, with the community. Helping people, help people, to embrace life and living… a hopeful future.

Traditionally Hospices care for patients with an expectation of ‘dying’. Due to the changing nature of life-threatening illnesses and the poor socio economic climate and limited resources available, we care for not only the infected patients but also their children and the affected community who are confronted with an expectation of ‘living’ with a life-threatening illness and in very harsh conditions.


Feenix was launched in June 2017 as a response to the #FeesMustFall movement that spread across campuses in South Africa during 2015 and 2016. This movement highlighted the extremely high cost of tertiary education and the impact financial stress has on student success rates.

We created Feenix, an online fundraising platform that connects communities; providing a tool for students to formalize their fundraising efforts and a channel for funders to find students they wish to support.

The Feenix team is young, diverse and passionate about education. We believe that access to education should not be dependent on wealth. Our founding partner, Standard Bank, share in this belief and without their financial support and guidance, Feenix would not be in existence today.

Feenix is a Public Benefit Organisation (930057053) and governed by a Trust (IT831/2017)

Goodhope Psychological Services

Green Pops

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For more information phone Tel: 079 334 8268

Greenpop is a non-profit organisation on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. We plant trees, grow food, educate people and have fun doing it!

We work on urban greening, reforestation, and food growing projects, and educate people through practical workshops. Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 70 000 trees at schools and other urban sites as well as forests and farms across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.

Our Projects

Urban Greening: With an emphasis on environmental education, these projects concentrate on planting trees in undergreened urban settings, especially schools, community centres and educares. A mixture of fruit and indigenous trees are planted to re-instill a pride of place and address food security issues.

Reforestation: Our small-scale reforestation projects generally take place in conservation and/or protected areas which require indigenous forest restoration. Trees are planted in a way which mimics their natural growth in the wild, therefore increasing biodiversity and creating carbon sinks.

Guide Dogs Association

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Contact: Teagan Schwerin at 021 674 7395 or

Headstart Kids

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(+27)82 374 7535

Enabling children for school and life through nutrition, play and enrichment education

Home from Home

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+27 21 761 7251

Home from Home provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children in South Africa.

In 2005, Jane Payne and Pippa Shaper envisioned a future where orphaned and vulnerable children of South Africa would not have to grow up in institutional children’s homes. This vision led them to found Home from Home, which became one of the first non-profit organisations in South Africa to practice Cluster Foster Care.

We believe that living in a small family unit with a dedicated foster mother or foster parents is the next best place for children who can’t be cared for by their own biological families. Our children grow up in a network of small, family homes in their communities where they can retain their culture and grow up speaking their mother-tongue.  They have a foster family to support and care for them.  Our hope is that one day they will either be reunited with their biological families, or failing that, that we have provided them with the best possible foundation to lead happy, successful lives.

The majority of our homes are run alongside a community associate, which is either a local community or faith based organisation. These associations ensure community support for our homes. By working with our associates we are able to empower them to care for their own children in need, whilst ensuring they have access to the expertise and resources required to provide a high level of care for their children.

Today, we are proud to say we care for over 200 vulnerable children through a network of 34 homes across fifteen communities. We also consult to several organisations around South Africa to assist them to implement our unique and successful model of care.

in Harmonie

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+27 (21) 876 8025

With a vision for a place of change, we have spent almost a decade discerning and developing the concept of in Harmonie. A movement that strives to bring about change in people’s lives by creating a safe environment and facilitating a journey towards greater harmony with God, ourselves and others within our society.


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Ithemba Foundation strives to raise awareness of depression as a biological illness, and raise funds for research about this disease. On our website you’ll find information about depression , where you can go for help, a little more about our foundation and how you can get involved. You can also apply online for a bursary for research relating to depression.

Ithemba means “hope” in isiXhosa. We aim to create hope by talking openly about depression and contributing to the knowledge about this disease.

Love your Nuts

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Torsten Koehler Tel +27 (0)21 8020 511; Email

Running your nuts off for testicular cancer awareness

Our Purpose

The goal of Love Your Nuts (LYN) is to raise awareness of testicular cancer by educating communities about the rarely spoken about cancer that often remains undetected in young adults due to our diverse society in South Africa, where cultural taboos, stigmas and a lack of knowledge about the subject is widespread.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in the age group 15 to 40.

What we do

We believe that no men would die of testicular cancer if they knew about this young man’s cancer and were aware of how to prevent it.

Boys/men die for the following 2 reasons:

  1. During puberty the body changes. Boys feel these lumps but think it is part of growing up. So they think it will go away again. If they knew that it could be cancer their lives could have been saved!
  2. Men feel the lumps but find it too embarrassing to go to the doctor. If they knew that it could be cancer their lives could have been saved.

If we can bring awareness to all boys/men in an early stage in their lives they will be saved. Knowledge and early detection is the best weapon against cancer!

What you can do

Run in LYN branded gear to raise awareness and funds. If you have a GivenGain profile already please join the nuts team ( If not, you are welcome to contact us how to get involved. We have limited numbers of entries for the Cape Town Marathon. If you raise more than R 750 on your GivenGain page we refund you your LYN merchandise. Contact us:


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For more information contact Sandy Immelman at

Masikhule’s mission is to ensure that all children living in marginalised communities of the Helderberg and surrounding rural areas attend Early Childhood Development Facilities that are registered and provide a holistic child development and stimulation program, so that these children may enter formal schooling with a good foundation of knowledge, maturity and independence.

The three main functions of Masikhule are:

  • to provide training in Early Childhood Development for pre-school and crèche staff, primary caregivers (including mothers) and unemployed women;
  • to develop, support and mentor pre-schools and crèches;
  • to provide unemployed women with the opportunity to gain practical skills in Early Childhood Development and stimulation. This makes it possible for them to find employment as domestic workers looking after their employer’s young children in the home, as well as at existing ECD centres.

Mens Foundation

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Phone: 083 626 5118

Funds raised by the Men’s Foundation is spent across 3 key areas, applying the global foundation’s best practice approach, programme funding will be split between;

  • Funding Awareness and Education, through the annual Movember campaign, and
  • Funding Programme investment into Research and Survivorship through selected registered NGO

To maximise outcomes and increase the focus of addressing key health issues effecting South African men, in 2015, with the establishment of the Men’s Foundation, programme investment opportunities with registered NGO’s outside of CANSA.

While a lot has been achieved in this space, there is still extensive programme investment required surrounding prostate and testicular cancer awareness, survivorship and research, although the high rate of suicide amongst South African men could not be ignored.

Multiple Sclerosis SA

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Non Smit – 021-9484160 or 0825505486

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system. Today over 2,500,000 people around the world have MS.

The purpose of MSSA organization is to create both awareness of this most debilitating disease and to provoke any and all suggestions which may lead to empowering multiple sclerosis sufferers in South Africa and in doing so put MSSA on the world wide map.

My Child has Cancer

We are a collection of mothers whose children had cancer. Some of our children are in remission. Others have been taken from us. We have travelled this journey together, supporting each other to face whatever unpredictable hurdles this disease brings with it every day. There have been small triumphs and great tragedies, but our joys have been doubled and our pain halved by sharing and caring for each other’s families. We provide this service without charge to all families in need.

Our vision is to be there for families rocked by cancer across all income communities irrespective of religious background, race or social background in South Africa.

We do this by working directly with the primary family caregivers of children aged 0-18 diagnosed with cancer. We use tested methods that have worked very well in similar contexts elsewhere. In addition we aim to create a community of togetherness within and between families who are treated at various hospitals, both state and private.

To us, “being there” for each other means that every family knows and feels that there is someone they can call on who understands what they are going through on this journey, thereby reducing any feelings of isolation and hopelessness. We also understand and care about siblings of children with cancer as they also go through great trauma in this process.


Sea Rescue is the charity that saves lives on South African waters.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by over 900 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.

Donations and sponsorships cover our annual running cost of R52.5m. The volunteers save us a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum.

We have 31 bases around the coast; 4 are on inland dams, a fleet of 90 rescue craft, 28 rescue vehicles, 10 quad bikes and 10 tractors. We also have access to a range of helicopters. We enjoy a good working relationship with other emergency services and we believe that it is through team effort that lives are saved.

Peace and Sport

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Contact Ludovic Dau at

  • Peace and Sport is a politically neutral and independent organization based in the Principality of Monaco, which works to promote sport as a tool for peace. Founded by current President Joël Bouzou in 2007, Peace and Sport is a global initiative under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.Peace and Sport acts to put sport at the heart of concerted, effective and relevant political action, to make sport a catalyst for peace. The organization is committed to:

    Raising awareness on the potential of sport as a peace-building tool;

    Fundraising to finance and carry out field projects;

    Acting of the ground by supporting local stakeholders and developing educational tools;

    Promoting best practices of stakeholders of the peace through sport movement.

People Living with Cancer

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The Health Foundation

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+27 (0) 21 418 1580

The Period Project

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Contact Cecile-Ann on; Cell: 071 457 0930

“On average a young woman on school can miss up to 70 days of school per annum when on a menstrual cycle and then needs to work ten times harder than her male counterparts. The purpose of this project is to help lay the foundation for our young South African woman to achieve their dreams by giving them the opportunity to complete school uninterrupted because they do not have access to a basic necessity, such as affordable sanitary towels.

This project is not just about ensuring our young women have access to affordable sanitary wear, but offers opportunities of interest (when they arise) for them to participate in.

To date this project has been able to supply approximately 2000 young women in Grade 12 with a year’s supply of sanitary towels, supported the Hout Bay informal settlement fire victims, the Knysna fire victims and the Cape Town storm homeless victims.

Not only will you be helping our young women to not miss school, but you are helping them to feel confident and giving them a chance at a brighter future.

This project is not aligned to any political party and is here for the benefit of all our young ladies wishing to complete school. Sanitary Towels should be free for all learners -PERIOD”

Township Farmers

Hi, we are Township Farmers and we run 42km marathons with a tree on our backs and also from time to time, ask our friends and family to join us….


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.
Since its inception the #runningtree campaign has in;
1. 2017 Cape Town Marathon – Planted 72 trees in Khayelitsha
2. 2017 Soweto Marathon – Planted 42 trees in Soweto
3. 2018 Cape Town Marathon – Planted 220 trees in Khayelitsha

The ambitious goal for 2019 is to raise 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.


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