Eastern Cape-based Wild Women on the Run were recently nominated as Daily Dispatch Local Heroes 2018.
The organisation is currently organising runs in China to raise funds for charity.
Having started trail-running along the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, co-founder Lucille van der Merwe has expanded the initiative to China after moving there with her family in 2017.
“The Great Wall is my absolute favourite thing in China – I just never tire of it. To marvel at the ability of humans from hundreds of years ago and to see what they were capable of achieving with no machinery, is always humbling to me,” Van der Merwe said.
Key logistical hurdles for her have been the language barrier and legalities. Another hurdle is the unmarked routes which mean one can get lost very easily.
“I was so blessed to meet up with a Beijing hiking guide earlier this year who totally bought into the idea of Wild Women on the Wall,” she said.
Two charities have been identified in Beijing – 5 Loaves & Two Fish and Agape Family Life House.
“There is a registered charity organisation in Beijing, called Roundabout, that has many smaller organisations that fall under its umbrella that provided us with a list of suitable charities,” Van der Merwe said.
To garner interest for runners, Van der Merwe looked to the expat community who were very involved with fundraising earlier in 2018.
“Needless to say when the opportunity arose for ladies to become involved in China, the 22 available spots were taken immediately,” she said.
Visit their website at www.wildwomenontherun.com/china/ for more information or their join their Facebook group.