Cableway Charity Challenge Raises Over R1 Million For Charity
A record R1,081 111 was raised for local charities Ons Plek, Cool Play, Paedspal, and Wilderness Search & Rescue at the 11th annual Cableway Charity Challenge on Saturday 6 April 2019 as 190 participants summitted Table Mountain 792 times to help the event reach, and surpass, its 5,000 summits milestone!
Saturday’s challenge saw a mix of professionals, amateurs, and corporates tackling the grueling 5.5km circuit – climbing 850m up Platteklip Gorge’s 800 double-sized steps before descending in the cable car and starting the ascent again. On the day a distance of 4 350km was covered and over 600km climbed.
“In 2009 we had 45 participants and raised R551,200,” says Race Director Anton De Waal. “This year we set a new fundraising record through the incredible effort of the true heroes of the day: our participants.”
The event hosts 200 entrants who are required to secure at least R2,500 sponsorship ahead of the day.
First to be named King of the Mountain, for the eighth consecutive year, was AJ Calitz. The most summits were done by Oriole Bolus, and Simon Purdon, who completed 9 laps each. Queen of the Mountain, Chantel Nienaber, beat her personal best to complete 8 summits, which made her the women’s winner. Florence Groener raised the most money contributing R26,000!
Having taken part in all 11 events, with a total of 68 summits, Renato Balona says: "The Cableway Charity Challenge is the perfect event. It’s you against the mountain in the most beautiful setting in the world, with the added bonus of helping others in the process! Knowing that every lap up the mountain is making a difference in someone else’s life gives you the energy to push yourself that little bit further.”
Entries for next year’s Cableway Charity Challenge open in 1 February 2020, don't forget to secure your spot!
For more information go to Charitychallenge.co.za