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At parkrun, we’re committed to keeping our events as safe as possible for everyone who joins in. 

For this reason, we have made a promise to provide a defibrillator for each of our events in South Africa. It’s a huge undertaking, and we could use the support of the wonderful South African community.

Thankfully, Critical heart-related incidents at parkrun are exceptionally rare. But, when they do happen, the chances of survival are 65% higher when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within minutes.

Working closely with our global defibrillator supplier, Aero Healthcare, we have launched this special fundraising campaign to provide almost 200 events in Southern Africa, with their own defibrillator which costs R20 000 each.

Championing the cause, parkrun South Africa President and prolific marathon and ultramarathon athlete, Bruce Fordyce, has offered to lend his voice to help reach the ambitious goal of R4 Million.

“If I had to think of one word to describe parkrun it would be the adjective “ happy”. parkrun is a place where everyone, runners, joggers, walkers and volunteers gather to have fun and to experience “ happiness” in their local community.

When I took part in my first parkrun at Bushy Park in April 2011 I was completely captivated by the experience and I knew parkrun would have to come to South Africa and that it had the magic ingredients to bring communities together and to bring great joy to people.

We want to keep parkruns as joyful places and to keep them happy we need to ensure that they are as safe as possible. 

I would like to invite you to join me in making the dream of providing 200 defibrillators a reality, for every parkrun event across South Africa.”

This will be an ongoing project. It will be quite a challenge, but I know South Africans love to rise to challenges and the resilient South African spirit is legendary.

Globally defibrillators have saved many lives. Now it’s our turn.

You can play your part by donating to our campaign via Backabuddy and by spreading the word and sharing our story on social media. 

#loveparkrun

Donations

  • Jul 03, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Awesome project" - Kerry McLuckie

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "parkrun is safe" - Zoe

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Great Idea - Training to take place" - Anonymous - Rondebosch Common

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 3 500.00
  • "Very good idea !" - Frans Truter

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Want to be part of something that will benefit all at parkrun" - George & Elizabeth

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Great idea!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 01, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "

    all of the best

    " - Jenay

  • Jun 29, 2022 - USD $ 20.00
  • "#colwickparkrun" - SimonP

  • Jun 29, 2022 - USD $ 36.93
  • "For parkrun family!" - Hoods3

  • Jun 27, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 26, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "Glad to support this initiative " - Rasheed

  • Jun 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Good initiative" - Bruce Fannin

  • Jun 21, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 21, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 21, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 21, 2022 - R 150.00
  • "

    Trus tall goes well and the objectives are achieved

    " - Jack Rock

  • Jun 20, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "This would have saved my husband's life a year ago. " - Anonymous

  • Jun 18, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Happy to contribute to a very good cause" - Rodney Jones

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Happy to donate, healthy because of parkrun." - John

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 5 000.00
  • "Pleased to do my little bit to possibly save a life. Keep up the great work Parkrun." - David (Dave) de Klerk

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Lets make it happen" - Anonymous Parkrunner

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Great cause for a great event" - RR&R Purves

  • Jun 17, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Anonymous" - Snapscan

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "For a great cause" - PdP

  • Jun 16, 2022 - USD $ 31.73
  • "Fabulous initiative that hopefully encourages participation and prevents any tragedies." - Mike Robson

  • Jun 15, 2022 - R 540.00
  • "So grateful to be able to contribute to parkrun in some way" - DB

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Love parkrun - love your fellow runners (and walkers)!" - Marion

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 12.39
  • "#loveparkrun" - A. parkrunner

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 61.94
  • "Great initiative" - Goncalves

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 50.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Proud to be part of this campaign #savinglives #defibrillators #loveparkrun" - Fordyce family

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 22 106.48

Fundraising target

R 4 000 000.00
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parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.

Saturday morning events are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces. 

parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.