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#Rise18

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My name is Zanele and I'm an ULTRA MARATHON runner. I started running whilst I was going through a difficult time in my life, I believe that running saved my life.

There are a number of valuable lessons that I have learned through running: IT WILL BE TOUGH - running even when it hurts and when your body is aching. DISCIPLINE - the training, mental readiness and the testing of your entire being becomes part of every training session and every race: but the glory of crossing the finish line surpasses all of that. Going through all those challenges propels you to be a better human being because pain doesn't scare you anymore, you embrace it with each step you take.

These lessons were not easy lessons to learn during the trials I had to face in my life. One such moment was when I had to deal with the tragic passing of my father. MY FATHER, MY HERO was a man who was there for me every step of the way: he never missed a parents meeting, prize giving or any graduation ceremony. He taught me that I can be whoever I want to be and all my goals are POSSIBLE. He never missed an opportunity to encourage me, taught me how to drive, he even use to take me to the salon to get my hair done. Do you understand why I say he was MY HERO? He was always there until that one fateful morning...A morning that changed my life forever...the day my dad TOOK HIS LIFE...

I couldn't understand why he had to leave me, I was angry, broken and ASHAMED that the strongest man I've ever known TOOK HIS LIFE. I asked myself what was he thinking! did he think about his family? me? did he think about my younger siblings? I asked myself who will be there for me when I graduate the following year, he won’t be there to advise me on my first car, my first home. He was gone and I would never be able to see him again. The pain of losing a part of me was too UNBEARABLE and when I look back I still wonder how I survived it all. I had to find a way of dealing with the pain and that's when I started RUNNING.

At first I was running away from the pain, the suffocating rage but eventually, running became a coping mechanism which to this day has become my SACRED SPACE where I get to heal, clear my head, but most of all where I get to CONQUER...

In South Africa, 23 people COMMIT SUICIDE daily; mostly men and teen suicide is on the rise. It is for these reasons that I have decided to Rise in raising funds and awareness about depression and suicide: silent killers that are scourging our beautiful country. The message I want to drive is a message of hope, to inform those who are going through similar situations that there is HOPE, they are not alone and they too can Rise. I will be raising funds and awareness for the South African Depression and Anxiety group (SADAG) in an attempt to raise R180 000 by running 18 races between January and July 2018. My 18th race will be the Washie miler which is a 160 KM RACE taking place on the 27th of July 2018. Follow my running journey on social media platforms and on YouTube as myself and others share stories on how we survived depression and suicide. Let's Rise in helping the suppressed who feel alone , let's Rise by demystifying depression and suicide , let us Rise by lending a helpful hand to those who need it.

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Donations

  • May 24, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Respeect!!!!" - Thami

  • May 22, 2018 - USD $ 83.06
  • "Power to you" - Tumi

  • May 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Best of luck!" - Gregory Cleeve-Edwards

  • May 12, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "You are Brave! You are Super Strong! May God strengthen you throughout the remaining races. Keep Shining Girl" - Caro aka Tigeress

  • May 09, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "i love you megan " - ayanda

  • May 08, 2018 - R 260.00
  • "Sorry for the loss of your Dad. Shining your light into these dark recesses will allow the rest of us to dare to show the same courage. Proud of you. Phenomenal Woman." - Kgomotso

  • May 03, 2018 - R 1 645.12
  • "All the best for the remaining races. You are an inspiration, for both the running and raising your voice for such an important cause. " - Sihle

  • May 03, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Best wishes for your cause." - Peter & Lynette

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 206.00
  • "Very inspiring and worthy cause" - IDM

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Let’s drive awareness for your cause and will also donate R15 a Kilometre at Washie" - Ntate Tau

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 206.00
  • "Very inspiring and worthy cause" - IDM

  • Apr 26, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "#RISE18 Great work you’re doing here my sister" - Gaba

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Dear Zanele you are such a phenomenal woman!!! Thank you for inspiring me to take my running more seriously, especially since it helped me alot when I went through a depressive episode last year. " - Thato Mnguni

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Lioness" - Hlengi

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for being a voice and speaking up in a society that stigmatizes mental illness. Warrior princess! " - Mamello Letsie

  • Apr 16, 2018 - USD $ 21.81
  • "Best of luck Zanele. You're an inspration." - Bo

  • Apr 13, 2018 - USD $ 87.27
  • "This is an admirable cause. A dear friend perished this way in January." - Anonymous

  • Apr 12, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Very inspiring and worthy cause" - IDM

  • Apr 07, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "You are blessed for turning your pain into love for the many who need it. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "From one runner to another.. Here’s a little something to help you reach target! " - Lerato Masemola

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Rise 18 is a good initiative keep up the good work" - Alister Ngobeni

  • Apr 04, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great Cause... Good luck with reaching your target and completing all the races..." - Kagiso

  • Apr 03, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great initiative Zanele and well done!! I have suffered from depression and know the impact of it and the stigma attached to it. God bless your efforts. David" - David Leslie

  • Apr 03, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Zanele!" - Rohan Gifford

  • Apr 03, 2018 - USD $ 44.37
  • "Good luck with this great cause, from a fellow Googler." - Anonymous

  • Apr 02, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Your cause is a cause that more people should support. You are doing great work, thank you for your courage and dedication. It means a lot to people who suffer, such as myself. " - Claire

  • Mar 31, 2018 - R 575.79
  • "Tough race today. You held your own to the finish. Pleasure running with you and being part of your unselfish journey. Keep Rising. " - Siccar

  • Mar 30, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Amazing courage and dedication. " - Gareth Cole

  • Mar 30, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck for tomorrow and for reaching your target. Such a worthy cause " - Rob & Graeme

  • Mar 29, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Hi Zanele! Keep running! Keep shining your light!" - Alveda Erasmus

  • Mar 29, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Your interview on 567 this morning blew me away. My father also died from depression and ultimately suicide so I have huge respect for you. Run well on Sunday. X" - Carol Barry

  • Mar 29, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Thank you for doing what you’re doing and all the best for the remainder of your 18 races " - Nobathembu Sikwana

  • Mar 29, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Oohhhh Zanele, YOU SuperPower YOU. Thank you for rising up.The lyrics to the song "Rise Up" by Andra Day reminds me of your persistent boldness and bravery - "And I'll rise up I'll rise like the day"" - Nonhlanhla M

  • Mar 29, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "All the best and May God abundantly bless you!" - Thibos

  • Mar 29, 2018 - USD $ 17.88
  • "You're amazing! All the best for your races. " - Yvonne

  • Mar 28, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "May it all go well with you during your running journey fellow Comrade " - Billz Masuku

  • Mar 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "You're doing great work Zan" - Nodumo

  • Mar 26, 2018 - R 5 141.00
  • "Zanele, you have Risen. " - Yolisa

  • Mar 25, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "May God bless you abundantly.You inspire us to run for good cause and you are not alone in fighting scourge of depression our society #Rise18" - Sipho Ntuli

  • Mar 24, 2018 - USD $ 448.23
  • "I suffer, I know " - Anonymous

  • Mar 20, 2018 - R 771.15
  • "Keep up it up " - Maphale

  • Mar 15, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "You're saving people's lives through this campaign and you've helped so many so far but you might not know.KEEP RISING ZAN." - Teboho Kabi

  • Mar 14, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Zeezou - a great friend that is truly inspirational. Your cause is as near and dear to me as you are! Bangene mgijimi :)" - Tsatsi

  • Mar 14, 2018 - USD $ 44.60
  • "Hi Zanele, I work in the same team as Vinod, who showed me what you're doing. It's an amazing effort and cause. I am running the London Marathon for ActionAid so appreciate the positivity of running." - Alex Vlassopulos

  • Mar 14, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Good Luck Zanele" - Vinod Nenwani

  • Mar 14, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Well done on this great initiative Zanele, You have unshakable tenacity, and I'm sure your Dad is extremely proud of you where he is. Regards, OB #Rise18" - Obakeng Tlhapane

  • Mar 14, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiative - all the best!" - Kate Rouillard

  • Mar 12, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck with this incredible commitment." - Lee and Zara

  • Mar 12, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Keep Going - This is Awesome!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 10, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "We need initiative like this. Good luck Zanele. Let's hope someone's life or family will be saved. I thank God for my family" - Jay Maloma

  • Mar 10, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Your cause is inspiring to me and many others. Good luck with the races and when in doubt, just keep moving. " - Bryan

  • Mar 09, 2018 - USD $ 16.79
  • "We need to take mental health seriously" - Thabang

  • Mar 09, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "A truly worthy cause, mental illness is not understood by the general population." - Sandy

  • Mar 07, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "For you Jen... I’ve never forgotten." - Alex

  • Mar 07, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "For my uncle, Jan Hendrik Landman. Until we meet again. " - Zane , Theresa & Elsie.

  • Mar 05, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "The world is richer because of you!" - Tyopo

  • Mar 05, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "You have given us hope." - Nokulunga Makhaphela

  • Mar 04, 2018 - USD $ 88.48
  • "You can do this Zanele! So proud of you!" - Mich

  • Feb 28, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Keep Rising Zanele... Behind you the way!! " - Bee

  • Feb 28, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "I am a cheerful runner that aims at supporting those who suffers from depression. I dedicated and finished The Joburgs toughest 21km within cutoff time in support of the intiative. " - Lucia #Cheerfulrunner

  • Feb 28, 2018 - R 102.82
  • ". " - Robert MacLean

  • Feb 23, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Love Gives " - Dikobi M

  • Feb 23, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Keep pushing!!!" - Tumisang Matloa

  • Feb 23, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Proud of you Zanele #Rise18" - Mpho Makhado

  • Feb 22, 2018 - R 1 131.02
  • "This is an amazing cause and you should be very very proud of yourself! Well done :)" - Stephanie Sibanda

  • Feb 22, 2018 - R 334.52
  • "inspired!" - ncube

  • Feb 21, 2018 - USD $ 53.85
  • "Wishing you all the best on this amazing journey!" - Shirwin

  • Feb 21, 2018 - USD $ 105.18
  • "Great cause, all the best!" - Shaina

  • Feb 21, 2018 - USD $ 53.85
  • "a truly worthy cause!" - Madhav Chinnappa

  • Feb 20, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "This is a powerful initiative" - Nwabisa Matyumza

  • Feb 19, 2018 - R 724.24
  • "Good luck Zanele. This is truly amazing and we support you every step of the way!" - Hanna

  • Feb 16, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "We got your back ! " - 1D

  • Feb 16, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "So proud of the work you are doing. Well done." - Noelle Ngobeni

  • Feb 16, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "What a movement. May God give you and this project major strength. " - Gosiame

  • Feb 15, 2018 - R 154.76
  • "Keep going" - Anon

  • Feb 13, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Great cause. Keep doing the good work." - Anonymous

  • Feb 04, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Love what you're doing, Zan!" - Lor

  • Feb 04, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great initiative Manqane, any reason to give is good enough, I hope all this awareness will reach the many who need it the most, thanks for giving HOPE to many out there who are feeling hopeless." - Tshepo Khoza

  • Feb 01, 2018 - R 2 570.50
  • "Good luck Zanele! Huge challenge and worthwhile cause." - clm

  • Feb 01, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Hi Zanele, I'm so proud of you for raising an awareness and destimatising mental health. Papa must be so proud of you. " - Yoliswa

  • Jan 31, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "All the best Zanele, you are an inspiration to all. See you on the road. Keep shining." - Delani

  • Jan 31, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for bringing attention to this very important issue!! We don't talk about it enough! " - Nadia

  • Jan 30, 2018 - USD $ 43.98
  • "Keep it up Zanele!" - Fabian

  • Jan 30, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Best wishes, Zanele - I know you will reach this goal!" - Claire

  • Jan 29, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "MENTAL health. IMPERATIVE." - Nelisa

  • Jan 25, 2018 - R 365.40
  • "Keep on running - special shout out to Devonita Lebo Mathatho - you all rock" - Julianne

  • Jan 25, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Keep on breaking the stigma, one kilometer at a time! Truly inspiring!" - Christine Kalmer

  • Jan 23, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Such a great initiative, 100% behind you" - Tati Mangcwatywa

  • Jan 23, 2018 - USD $ 16.60
  • "Together we stand!" - Mzokoloko

  • Jan 22, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "All the best Zan! Rooting for you!" - Dan Vieira

  • Jan 22, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Hey Zanele, All the best for your races in supporting such an important cause. May this contribution help towards better mental health xx" - Andrea Kairuz

  • Jan 20, 2018 - R 745.27
  • "Good luck girl, hope you reach the fundraising goals!" - Anya

  • Jan 20, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Very happy to support. Wishing you the best!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 19, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Rock on!" - EB

  • Jan 19, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Well done! We are cheering you on. Depression runs in my family so this is close to my heart. <3" - Gontse

  • Jan 19, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great Initiative Zanele ! May it grow from strength to strength ! " - Marinkie Baloyi

  • Jan 19, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Rise Zanele! What a great initiative " - Thembi Maleka

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "I myself have suffered depression and I feel this initiative is a great one that will raise awareness and finally erase the stigma around depression and anxiety. Thank you for giving this part of to." - Makgosi Booysen

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Lets Rise and fight this Dis-Ease. Its indeed Real. " - Lee Mzuzu

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Behind you all the way! What an inspiration you are Zanele xxxx" - Kerri Prissman

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 822.56
  • "Well done Zanele - what a fantastic challenge and cause :)" - Kevin O' Mahony

  • Jan 18, 2018 - USD $ 14.47
  • "It's a very worthy cause. I hope this tiny drop in the bucket helps. GOOD LUCK!" - Tanya

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "I was diagnosed with anxiety last year, running and gym couldn't help. I managed to pull through, though meditation. Wishing you all the best on this journey. RISE!!!" - Duduzile

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Save us all" - Karabo Molokoane

  • Jan 18, 2018 - USD $ 128.26
  • "Good luck Zanele and what an important cause to support. " - Pendo

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Amazing! This is a great cause. " - Jono

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "#RiseZanele #Rise18" - aNwAr

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "I will contribute R10 for every kilometer I complete at Comrades 2018...when I complete it, I will make it R18. " - Desmond Matsane

  • Jan 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Depression is a silent killer, lets Rise to raise more awareness and help save a life!! Will further donate R5 p/km done at Two Oceans and Comrades 2018" - Lebo Mathatho

  • Jan 17, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Great cause and I fully support." - Thapelo_The_Baller

  • Jan 17, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Let’s drive awareness for your cause and will also donate R15 a Kilometre at Washie" - Ntate Tau

  • Jan 17, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Will donate a further R5 per kilometer done at Two Oceans, Comrades and Washie Miler." - Siccar

  • Jan 17, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "#Rise18" - Lungile Meso

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 64 791.48

Fundraising target

R 180 000.00
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The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

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The South African Depression and Anxirty Group is a Mental Health NGO offering free telephonic counselling for Mental Health isuues. SADAG is also invoved in other projects including teen suice prevention and mental health education and awareness.