Rocket runs for HACT
- By: Elizabeth Gallias
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/rocket-runs-for-hact
The Hillcrest AIDS centre has a special place in my heart and they've always been such an incredible place of love and refuge in our little town.
In 2019 I decided that 2020 was going to be the year I got my first comrades medal but I didn't want to just run, I wanted my goal to have a purpose and help someone other than myself. After my dream was put on hold due to COVID-19 I didn't really know what the year would hold. I knew the AIDS Centre would suffer as a result of decreased donations and running as a whole wouldn't be the same for a very long time. When the curfew was lifted and I felt that familiar burn in my chest(don't worry, i's not COVID) and spark in my heart, I knew I just wanted to run again and maybe my dream could be a reality in September, on my birthday even, meant to be right?! Well, COVID had other plans and 27,000 runners and thousands of spectators just wasn't an option.
I found an amazing group of runners and a running partner who had more faith in me than I ever could. We trained for a couple of days and then decided to run it anyway. We swapped our Comrades entries for Comrades Race The Legend entries and set out to do what we could. It was bitterly cold most of the training and trying to squeeze in whatever we could, which often included 18kms before work, was exhausting but rewarding. Some useful context: I'd run a marathon...once. I hadn't done the route tester, comrades in three days or any races since November 2019 but on the other hand, I had no idea what I was in for. Ignorance is bliss.
I had incredible people who supported me and my initiative and donated towards me. Knowing what I was running for and having such amazing people along the way kept my spirits up.
With about two months of post-lockdown training(lol) under our belts, we did it on the 14th of June. 90.8kms. No road closures, no water tables, no spectators or chariots of fire. Just some incredible friends, friends with refreshments and a cracker braai party music mix to get us to the end. It was an incredible day. Freezing, long and exhausting but what a feeling.
This year, I want to do it again. Comrades is the biggest fundraising initiative of the year, bringing in funds that are vital to keeping this NGO NPO going. The amount of work they do and love they give is too much to describe in this short story. Due to COVID_19, last years fundraising took a dive off a cliff and this year, to date, there has been nothing because Comrades is neither here nor there.
Help me, help this incredible place and keep them going in these hard times.
I'll do the running, all I ask is that you give what you can.
Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT)
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is a registered Non-Profit organisation dedicated to tackling South Africa’s HIV/AIDS pandemic through practical, sustainable and community-led projects that include HIV health care, HIV prevention and education, skills development and training and economic empowerment.