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Comrades for Denis Hurley

Comrades for Denis Hurley

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Sipho Mataka is once again running to raise funds for the Denis Hurley Centre. The 39-year-old firefighter from New Hanover in KZN will be running his 6th Comrades Marathon on Sunday 9 June.  Sipho is a member of the PPC at the Wartburg parish and has lived in the area all his life.  His father was originally from Malawi and his mother from KZN.

He started running because of the need to keep fit as a firefighter, though he admits he was far from fit when at school. Now he is addicted to long-distance running.  In 2017, Sipho finished with a time of 7h25, earning himself a silver medal! He is aiming to finish this year’s Comrades Marathon in a time of 7h30. In addition to 5 Comrades, he has also run Mandela Marathons, Soweto Marathons, Two Ocean and Durban City Marathons.

Sipho explained why he wants to run for the Denis Hurley Centre. “I ask myself how I can help people who are helpless? I am not rich but my daily life is good. At the same time, I am aware of people who cannot even get something to eat.” He hopes that people will sponsor him to increase his motivation: “That way, when I am killing myself running, at least I know I am doing it for a good cause!”

To this end, Sipho hopes to raise R27,000 – R1 for every second of his 7½ hours (27,000 seconds) run.

Pictured here with Sipho is Monsignor Paul Nadal, himself an accomplished Comrades Marathon runner. Msgr Nadal served as Vicar General to Archbishop Denis Hurley, and has recently retired from being a trustee to the Denis Hurley Centre.

Sipho said there were three things that keep him going when he runs: “I always wear my rosary so I know that Mother Mary is close to me; I have a great sense of determination – I have never not completed; and I am urged on by the support of the crowd.” And we will know when he has completed since he always kneels down to pray when he crosses the finishing line!


  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks Sipho!" - Raymond Perrier

  • Jun 05, 2019 - USD $ 52.77
  • "Best of luck, Sipho!" - Mary Rawlinson

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Donations to date

R 1 288.97

Fundraising target

R 27 000.00

Denis Hurley Centre Trust

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The Denis Hurley Centre in central Durban is a living legacy to the late Archbishop of Durban.  Our focus is on Care, Education and Community, enabling people of different faiths to work together.

- Care: we serve over 1,000 meals pw to homeless people offering showers and clean clothes; we run a free clinic for 2,000 people pm especially those affected by HIV & TB; we provide practical help to refugees from across Africa. 

- Education: we host English and Zulu lessons; through the clinic we give formal and informal health education; we offer training in sewing skills, computer classes and other job skills for homeless people; we provide performing arts classes. 

- Community: we are at the core of a vibrant group of people living happily side by side.  We have hosted an Ethiopian wedding, a Muslim bridal shower, meetings by union groups, political parties and football supporters, interfaith talks, film screenings, NGO conferences and forums between homeless people and the police.