- By: Gareth Kropman
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/dj-run
Personal messageWebsite: www.watchmerise.co.za
DJ Run is an annual event run by Watch Me Rise. DJ Run started as an awareness campaign for the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. After co-founder Gareth Kropman’s brother took his own life in 2015, who the event is named after. Friends of DJ chose to run for his birthday, the age he would be on this planet. He would’ve been 28 and so they thought: “Let’s go and do a 28-kilometer run”… and they did it!
“I thought it was beautiful and an absolutely amazing idea. I really enjoyed the concept and asked in 2018: “Are you guys happy for me to try and run with this?”. Bearing in mind, my brother was not an energizer bunny, at all! I could just imagine him sitting up there having a beer and looking at us and going, “What are you guys doing?!” But you know what? 2018 came around, we put the message out there and we had quite a few followers coming and joining us.” – Gareth Kropman, co-founder of Watch Me Rise.
And year on year it’s grown. It’s been amazing to see how people get together, not just to run, but also to help out. It’s really, really amazing to see it come together.
In 2020 we hosted our first virtual race. This was initially because of COVID-19, but we have continued it as it gives people from anywhere the chance to participate.
DJ Run at it’s Core
The core behind DJ Run is fitness, because with a healthy body comes a healthy mind. Even though DJ Run started as a running event, all exercises are included. Anything that will help to get the endorphins up, getting the brain into a positive state. Endorphins are fantastic to get you into a positive mindset. And a positive mindset means everything in life. People normally underestimate the power of going outside and getting some exercise. Something as simple as going on a daily walk has been proven to make a massive impact on peoples moods and energy.
People, especially those that struggle with depression find it difficult to motivate themselves to start good habits. That is why we see DJ Run as a catalyst for people that need it. As we have seen it gives people something to be part of that can feel like a personal achievement. While getting them outside, moving and building up those endorphins. Our hope is that this will give them the strength to keep fighting, keep building better habits and let people know they are part of a community that will help them find the support they need.
Why R40 075?
For each year's event, we have a theme and goal. For this year it is "Around the World". And 40 075km is the distance around the world. That is why our donation goal is R40 075, our total distance submitted by participants goal is 40 075km and our total time submitted by participants goal is 40 075minutes.
Supporting a Cause
We know that people need more, so this year we decided to raise funds for “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group” who we think is making a difference in South Africa when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention.
There is honestly too much that they are doing to mention everything here. So if you wanted to find out more about them. You will find out everything you need on their website https://www.sadag.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1897&Itemid=101
Anything you donate will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t donate, but would still like to be involved, you can either participate in the DJ Run or help us spread the word by letting friends or family know about us. You can find out more on our website https://watchmerise.co.za/dj-run/ .
Thank you to anyone reading this, even if you are not planning on donating. Remember you are unique and an amazing person.
- Nov 22, 2021 - R 200.00
#watch me rise #your story isn't over yet" - Margaret Kropman
- Nov 22, 2021 - R 400.00
- "A" - Anonymous
- Nov 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
- "a" - Rikus
- Nov 21, 2021 - R 200.00
- "It's just the start of your story..." - Tiana
- Nov 21, 2021 - R 500.00
- "<3" - Anonymous
- Nov 20, 2021 - R 500.00
- "Xxx" - Clare Murphy
- Nov 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
- "Forever loved and missed dearly" - Maria
- Nov 19, 2021 - USD $ 38.34
- "What a splendid pie, pizza pizza pie" - CalderFok
- Nov 18, 2021 - USD $ 20.18
- "Rise above. " - Bonnie
- Nov 06, 2021 - R 500.00
- "Love and miss you DJ!" - Carrie-Anne
- Nov 05, 2021 - R 500.00
- "This is such an important cause - sending love to DJ’s family." - Dianne &John Gilchrist
- Nov 05, 2021 - R 500.00
I think this is a great cause. SADAG and DJ Run - GOGOGO!" - DJ Supporter
- Nov 03, 2021 - R 200.00
- "Sadag has personally benefitted me, and the DJ run is an important event to remind us what's really important" - Anoniem