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Run for a Roof

Funds Raised:
R 65 766
Fundraising Target:
R 250 000
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On Sunday 11 June 2023, at 05.30am, the gun will sound and 20,000 runners will begin their journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, as part of the Ultimate Human Race, Comrades Marathon.

Every runners journey and reason is different but for me its about bringing hope and change for the homeless.

I am Graham Wells, a 46-year-old resident of Pelham, Pietermaritzburg, and I will be running Comrades barefoot and my sole purpose is to raise funds for the "Run For A Roof" campaign.

This initiative was started in 2021 by the One Life Foundation, and I am proud to be part of this noble cause. We have managed to raise over R40,000 so far, and all of these funds have been directed towards raising awareness and supporting the homeless in our city. The PMB Homeless Network has recently been established to further this cause, and I am honored to be running under this umbrella.

As I prepare for my journey and feel the cold morning air on my face, I cannot help but think of the thousands of people in our city who have no roof over their heads, no warm bed to sleep in, and very little hope for the future. It breaks my heart to see them shivering in the streets, trying to survive each day.

As mentioned above, my barefoot journey will begin at 05.30am on 11 June 2023, in Pietermaritzburg, and will end at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban. I am running to raise much-needed funds for the PMB Homeless Network.

PMB Homeless Network are in the process of securing a building from the local Municipality, which requires significant repair and restoration. All funds raised will be allocated to this project and will give the homeless a place they can be proud to call home.

Homelessness is not just a problem in our city, it is a pandemic all over the world. Having worked in social housing in the UK, I know how important it is to provide shelter and basic human needs to those who are vulnerable and have nowhere else to turn. This cause is close to my heart, and I hope it touches yours too.

Imagine that mother and father, who gets their son or daughter back or imagine that son or daughter, who gets their mother or father back. 

We have a unique opportunity to make a huge difference in families, in our city and restore some much-needed love and pride in our community. We CAN make a difference together to grow and develop a homeless shelter that we can all be proud of.

Join me in making a difference. Every contribution, big or small, will make a significant impact on the lives of the homeless. Let us show them that they are not alone and that we care.

Thank you for your support, and may God bless you abundantly.

Donations

  • Jul 03, 2023 - R 8 051.83 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 21, 2023 - USD $ 21.61 Fees covered
  • "Love that you're providing hope for the hopeless." - Anonymous

  • Jun 15, 2023 - USD $ 14.75 Fees covered
  • "Well done Graham! You did amazing. Love Em, Al, Zoe and Sean x" - Emma and Alan Morrissey

  • Jun 15, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "Well done Graham" - Snapscan

  • Jun 15, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done on your Comrades finish! What a privilege to see you on route and see people react to you not having shoes on. Priceless. That was incredible to see. Very inspiring!" - Sandra

  • Jun 15, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2023 - USD $ 5.80 Fees covered
  • "A fellow ex-Maritzburger and homeless supporter. Run well." - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "A USA runner who we supported on his first Comrades this year...left us a tip/gratuity of R1000 that we would like to donate towards your project All we ask is that you or the shelter acknowledge him and his family..in a letter Trevor 0604034275" - Beep Beep The Roadrunner

  • Jun 13, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Go Graham and congratulations either way, what an amazing thing you are doing!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 12, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "God bless your sole! 🙏" - Angela

  • Jun 12, 2023 - R 500.00
  • "Graham you are an amazing g person. The 2 hours we spent talking crap while suffering at comrades made me realise that we are capable of so much. You are a true inspiration and amazing what you doing for other people." - Peter Nasser

  • Jun 12, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 11, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Great cause - fantastic achievement" - Guy

  • Jun 11, 2023 - R 110.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 11, 2023 - USD $ 28.87 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2023 - R 700.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck and you are an inspiration 🙌" - Deborah Viljoen

  • Jun 10, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Our Father in Heaven bless you all. In Jesus name we pray this. Amen." - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "Everything of the very best for your run... And for achieving your dream... Wonderful initiative!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2023 - R 2 500.00 Fees covered
  • "May God multiply all that you do." - Anonymous

  • Jun 09, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Have a good run . Look after those feet" - Lynton

  • Jun 09, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 07, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 05, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jun 04, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 31, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "As God builds his home in us may we make this both a practical as well as spiritual invitation to the homeless in our city" - Anonymous

  • May 31, 2023 - R 2 750.00
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 31, 2023 - R 485.00
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 30, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Graham, Team Mash wishes you all the best on your run. A huge privilege to have met you. You've got this!!" - Marbely

  • May 28, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck. You are an inspiration. May you be blessed." - Anonymous

  • May 27, 2023 - R 350.00 Fees covered
  • "May God be with you. Great initiative." - Bongi

  • May 26, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Graham, team Mash are so proud of you and we wish you all the strength to fufill your dream to put a roof over the heads of the many homeless people. I am very honoured to have met you. I wish you the best.💪" - Sharon

  • May 25, 2023 - R 350.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 23, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 22, 2023 - R 40.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck!" - Anonymous

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Fundraising target

R 250 000.00

Donations to date

R 65 765.87

Funds raised offline

R 40 927.00
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The PMB Homeless Network is dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness. We are in the process of renovating a building in Pietermaritzburg with the vision of establishing a centre which will serve those experiencing homelessness by providing a warm, clean and safe environment to sleep, providing legal and social aid, educational support, job training, health services and thus enabling street based individuals to access their basic human rights and dignities.