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The Ultimate Human Race for Ithemba Projects

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On the 9 June I will be attempting to complete the Comrades Marathon. Known as “The Ultimate Human Race”, it's the world's largest and oldest ultra marathon spanning 87 kms from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. And it happens to fall on the day of my 40th birthday..!

Through this run, I am hoping to raise funds for the completion of the Ithemba Projects community centre - a centre being built in a nearby community to where I live in SA. See this Youtube clip or visit the Facebook page for background.

iThemba Projects in South Africa was given a piece of land by the Nkosi (local chief) and asked to build a centre that would be a place of hope for the community of Sweetwaters. By hiring local, unskilled community members, and using eco-friendly rammed-earth technology, we're committed to building this centre in a way that is sustainable and focused on people.

Today, the centre is home to a thriving preschool and is the base of our community nutrition and organic gardening programme. When the centre is finished, it will also host after-school programmes for kids and youth, and serve as a hub for our Year of Your Life youth volunteer programme. 

Ithemba Projects works and partners with  the community of Sweetwaters, South Africa to transform a generation of kids and teens through mentoring and education, so they can bring hope to their community and be a light throughout South Africa. 

 iThemba Projects' mentoring and education programmes impact over 1500 kids and teens each week. This community is affected by many challenges including some of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, and iThemba is partnering to help Sweetwaters overcome these challenges. Research has shown that after-school support, through child and youth drop-in centres, is the best way to support orphans and vulnerable children in a community, and that is one reason why iThemba is passionate about getting the centre completed as soon as possible. 




  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 33.73
  • "Keep on running Johann. And happy belated birthday!" - Markus Fynmore

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Happy hopefilled birthday Johann. Enjoy the run" - Bron

  • Jun 05, 2019 - USD $ 14.33
  • "Good Luck Johann! You will smash it I am sure. Such an inspiring race and a great cause." - Lucy

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Go Johann!! We will be rooting for you every step of the way!!" - Jen

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Alles Gute - wir drücken dir die Daumen!" - R&A

  • May 30, 2019 - USD $ 114.87
  • "Woo! You can do it Johann! Rooting for you and for iThemba" - Anonymous

  • May 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Goals all round Awesome! You got this... Viva Ithemba" - Phil

  • May 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Go Johan, behind you all the way! The children of ithemba thank you" - Gojohango

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Donations to date

R 4 655.65

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00

iThemba Trust

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We partner with the community of Mpumuza (Sweetwaters) to transform a generation of kids and teens through mentoring and education so that they can bring hope to their community and be a light throughout South Africa.