24-hour feat for orphans


CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Bonnie Currin, fifth from left, and Jono Kruger, second from right, with runners taking part in the Run for Hope charity event. Picture: SUPPLIED

The fourth 24-hour Run for Hope saw 300 participants braving thunder and lightning and sweating it out to raise funds for destitute and abandoned babies.

Sweltering heat hit the group at the Cove near Nahoon Dam, where runners kicked off on two circular 10km and 5km tracks at 8am on Saturday to finish at 8am on Sunday.

A final eight exhausted runners, who completed between 80km to 100km, crossed the finish line at 8am on Sunday.

The event, organized by Bonnie Currin, the founder of Current Consulting, and Jono Kruger, the founder of Sport 4 Lives, was held In honour of World Orphan Day.

About R50,000 was raised for Guardians of Hope, Breath of Life, The Kings Children’s Home, and Greensleeves Children’s Trust.

Participants were asked for a R100 donation fee and could choose which NPO they wanted to support.

Most participants completed the 5km loop and enjoyed the festivities provided for the day, which included a tuck shop, coffee wagon, jumping castle, and a DJ.

Children from the NPOs joined on the day to enjoy the event.

Companies were invited to support the community they serve and use the opportunity as a team builder, with Standard Bank, Kempston Group, TFSD, Body Culture, Crossfit, and OHS contributing towards the success of the day. Link FM sponsored the operational costs.

Due to the weather, the last eight runners completed about 2,000 laps inside the marquee tent.

Currin said: “It was a great, fun day for the East London community, we plan to make the 24-hour Run for Hope an annual event that will bring much-needed funds to our local children’s homes.”


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