Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company is championing the cause of the 50 determined Capetonians who will compete in the Platteklip Charity Challenge to see how many times they can summit Table Mountain between sunrise and sunset on Saturday April 18 and raise funds for Aids-affected children.
The Cableway is giving the contestants and all the officials and volunteers involved free access to the cableway throughout the event and is also providing water and ice for water stations.
The runners will climb the 760 metres up Platteklip gorge including 800 double-sized steps over a distance of 2.1km. Once at the top, they will run to the upper cable station, take a lift down in the cable car and run back to the race start.
The lap is 5.5km and will take approximately 2 hours. The runners will repeat the distance as many times as possible between sunrise and sunset.
Contestants are being sponsored for each lap they complete in the hope to raise R500 000 for the Masikulisane Crèche in Samora Machel in Cape Town. The Crèche has more than 90 Aids-affected children in their care in a small 3-bedroomed house.
All funds raised will go toward creating more space and proper facilities for these children. The funds raised are being managed by the Aids Resource Centre so all donations are tax deductable. Anyone interested in sponsoring a contestant should visit http://www.charitychallenge.co.za/
The Cableway will operate as usual during the race. Should the Cableway be closed due to adverse weather conditions the race will be moved to Sunday 19 April.