Popular Cableway Charity Challenge Sets R1.5 Fundraising Target For Full Field

Popular Cableway Charity Challenge Sets R1.5 Fundraising Target For Full Field

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The Cableway Charity Challenge returns on Saturday 6 April 2019. Image by Luigi Bennett.

With the annual Cableway Charity Challenge taking place on Saturday 6 April event organisers Just Do It (JDI) and title sponsor Table Mountain Cableway are calling on Capetonians to pledge their support and help the initiative reach its R1.5 millon fundraising target for local organisations Ons Plek, Paedspal, CoolPlay, and Wilderness Search & Rescue.   

“Entries for the 2019 event are full but our committed runners and walkers still need the public’s help,” says Race Director Anton De Waal. “You can support any one of the participants by heading to charitychallenge.co.za and donating between R100 and R10 000 per lap completed. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of R2500, and all money raised goes to the nominated charities. Each lap makes a difference in someone else’s life and whether you participate or sponsor, all efforts contribute to the day’s success.”  

Climbing to the top of the mountain via Platteclip Gorge and descending via the cable car, the event challenges 195 runners and walkers to complete an intense 5,5km circuit as many times as possible from 6am to 6pm. Entries are made up of private groups, individuals and professional athletes, such as AJ Calitiz and Chantel Nienaber.

The “Corporate Challenge” will see teams from Table Mountain Cableway, Allan Gray, Seed Investments, Sygnia, DirectAxis, FundHouse, Future Growth Asset Management, Mapula Trust and Personal Trust battling it out to see who can conquer the most climbs. 

The Cableway have 3 teams participating in the event this year. Looking ahead to his fourth Cableway Charity Challenge, and hoping to add to his tally of 11 summits, team leader and Cableway IT Administrator, Ismail Dollie, says: “In the build-up to the event we do runs from Kloof Corner, the base of Lions Head, up Platteklip Gorge and to Signal Hill. Instead of catching public transport, some people have increased their daily training by walking to work and back from the Cape Town train station. Knowing that our efforts contribute to charity is that final cherry on top of the already incredible experience.”

“Since its inception in 2009 the event has raised over R7 million for charities in need of education support in Cape Town,” says Table Mountain Cableway Managing Director, Wahida Parker. “The day is not only a test of individual endurance, but testimony to what can be done when we come together in the spirit of Ubuntu. The ongoing success of the event and the difference it has made thus far is only possible because of the collaborative effort of everyone involved.” 

To sponsor an individual or group go to Charitychallenge.co.za/sponsor-a-runner. For more information, please visit charitychallenge.co.za. Follow the challenge on Twitter @CablewayCC and @TableMountainCa or Facebook.com.pcccharitychallenge and Facebook.com/TableMountainCa.

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