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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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Name Comment Date Amount
Maphale Keep up it up Mar 20, 2018 R 771.15
Teboho Kabi 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. Mar 15, 2018 R 205.64
Tsatsi Zeezou - a great friend that is truly inspirational. Your cause is as near and dear to me as you are! Bangene mgijimi :) Mar 14, 2018 R 514.10
Alex Vlassopulos 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. Mar 14, 2018 USD $ 44.60
Vinod Nenwani Good Luck Zanele Mar 14, 2018 USD $ 52.60
Obakeng Tlhapane 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 Mar 14, 2018 R 200.00
Kate Rouillard Great initiative - all the best! Mar 14, 2018 R 205.64
Lee and Zara Good luck with this incredible commitment. Mar 12, 2018 R 1 028.20
Anonymous Keep Going - This is Awesome! Mar 12, 2018 R 100.00
Jay Maloma 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 Mar 10, 2018 R 205.64
Bryan Your cause is inspiring to me and many others. Good luck with the races and when in doubt, just keep moving. Mar 10, 2018 R 1 028.20
Thabang We need to take mental health seriously Mar 09, 2018 USD $ 16.79
Sandy A truly worthy cause, mental illness is not understood by the general population. Mar 09, 2018 R 308.46
Alex For you Jen... I’ve never forgotten. Mar 07, 2018 R 100.00
Zane , Theresa & Elsie. For my uncle, Jan Hendrik Landman. Until we meet again. Mar 07, 2018 R 100.00
Tyopo The world is richer because of you! Mar 05, 2018 R 205.64
Nokulunga Makhaphela You have given us hope. Mar 05, 2018 R 200.00
Mich You can do this Zanele! So proud of you! Mar 04, 2018 USD $ 88.48
Bee Keep Rising Zanele... Behind you the way!! Feb 28, 2018 R 102.82
Lucia #Cheerfulrunner 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. Feb 28, 2018 R 514.10
Robert MacLean . Feb 28, 2018 R 102.82
Dikobi M Love Gives Feb 23, 2018 R 102.82
Tumisang Matloa Keep pushing!!! Feb 23, 2018 R 100.00
Mpho Makhado Proud of you Zanele #Rise18 Feb 23, 2018 R 102.82
Stephanie Sibanda This is an amazing cause and you should be very very proud of yourself! Well done :) Feb 22, 2018 R 1 131.02
ncube inspired! Feb 22, 2018 R 334.52
Shirwin Wishing you all the best on this amazing journey! Feb 21, 2018 USD $ 53.85
Shaina Great cause, all the best! Feb 21, 2018 USD $ 105.18
Madhav Chinnappa a truly worthy cause! Feb 21, 2018 USD $ 53.85
Nwabisa Matyumza This is a powerful initiative Feb 20, 2018 R 102.82
Hanna Good luck Zanele. This is truly amazing and we support you every step of the way! Feb 19, 2018 R 724.24
1D We got your back ! Feb 16, 2018 R 100.00
Noelle Ngobeni So proud of the work you are doing. Well done. Feb 16, 2018 R 100.00
Gosiame What a movement. May God give you and this project major strength. Feb 16, 2018 R 100.00
Anon Keep going Feb 15, 2018 R 154.76
Anonymous Great cause. Keep doing the good work. Feb 13, 2018 R 102.82
Lor Love what you're doing, Zan! Feb 04, 2018 R 1 028.20
Tshepo Khoza 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. Feb 04, 2018 R 1 028.20
clm Good luck Zanele! Huge challenge and worthwhile cause. Feb 01, 2018 R 2 570.50
Yoliswa Hi Zanele, I'm so proud of you for raising an awareness and destimatising mental health. Papa must be so proud of you. Feb 01, 2018 R 500.00
Delani All the best Zanele, you are an inspiration to all. See you on the road. Keep shining. Jan 31, 2018 R 205.64
Nadia Thank you for bringing attention to this very important issue!! We don't talk about it enough! Jan 31, 2018 R 514.10
Fabian Keep it up Zanele! Jan 30, 2018 USD $ 43.98
Claire Best wishes, Zanele - I know you will reach this goal! Jan 30, 2018 R 514.10
Nelisa MENTAL health. IMPERATIVE. Jan 29, 2018 R 300.00
Julianne Keep on running - special shout out to Devonita Lebo Mathatho - you all rock Jan 25, 2018 R 365.40
Christine Kalmer Keep on breaking the stigma, one kilometer at a time! Truly inspiring! Jan 25, 2018 R 102.82
Tati Mangcwatywa Such a great initiative, 100% behind you Jan 23, 2018 R 1 000.00
Mzokoloko Together we stand! Jan 23, 2018 USD $ 16.60
Dan Vieira All the best Zan! Rooting for you! Jan 22, 2018 R 514.10
Andrea Kairuz Hey Zanele, All the best for your races in supporting such an important cause. May this contribution help towards better mental health xx Jan 22, 2018 R 205.64
Anya Good luck girl, hope you reach the fundraising goals! Jan 20, 2018 R 745.27
Anonymous Very happy to support. Wishing you the best! Jan 20, 2018 R 514.10
EB Rock on! Jan 19, 2018 R 1 028.20
Gontse Well done! We are cheering you on. Depression runs in my family so this is close to my heart. <3 Jan 19, 2018 R 514.10
Marinkie Baloyi Great Initiative Zanele ! May it grow from strength to strength ! Jan 19, 2018 R 1 028.20
Thembi Maleka Rise Zanele! What a great initiative Jan 19, 2018 R 205.64
Makgosi Booysen 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. Jan 18, 2018 R 500.00
Lee Mzuzu Lets Rise and fight this Dis-Ease. Its indeed Real. Jan 18, 2018 R 205.64
Kerri Prissman Behind you all the way! What an inspiration you are Zanele xxxx Jan 18, 2018 R 514.10
Kevin O' Mahony Well done Zanele - what a fantastic challenge and cause :) Jan 18, 2018 R 822.56
Tanya It's a very worthy cause. I hope this tiny drop in the bucket helps. GOOD LUCK! Jan 18, 2018 USD $ 14.47
Duduzile 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!!! Jan 18, 2018 R 510.00
Karabo Molokoane Save us all Jan 18, 2018 R 102.82
Pendo Good luck Zanele and what an important cause to support. Jan 18, 2018 USD $ 128.26
Jono Amazing! This is a great cause. Jan 18, 2018 R 1 028.20
aNwAr #RiseZanele #Rise18 Jan 18, 2018 R 514.10
Desmond Matsane I will contribute R10 for every kilometer I complete at Comrades 2018...when I complete it, I will make it R18. Jan 18, 2018 R 514.10
Lebo Mathatho 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 Jan 18, 2018 R 514.10
Thapelo_The_Baller Great cause and I fully support. Jan 17, 2018 R 257.05
Ntate Tau Let’s drive awareness for your cause and will also donate R15 a Kilometre at Washie Jan 17, 2018 R 500.00
Siccar Will donate a further R5 per kilometer done at Two Oceans, Comrades and Washie Miler. Jan 17, 2018 R 514.10
Lungile Meso #Rise18 Jan 17, 2018 R 205.64
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Donations to date

R 36 010.57

Fundraising target

R 180 000.00

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.