Lethiwe Makhanya
Journalist
1 minute read
25 Jul 2022
12:18

Local runner aims to make a difference

Lethiwe Makhanya

Local runner dedicates his first Comrades Marathon race to raise funds for charity.

Thabang Mathebula

In a bid to help children from disadvantaged communities, Thabang Mathebula will be running his first Comrades Marathon with the aim of raising funds.

Mathebula will be raising funds for Fisokuhle Early Childhood Centre (ECD) in Ncwadi, which is currently under construction.

Its first structure was first built in 1987 by local women and has since become dilapidated.

E3 Initiative, an organisation which Mathebula previously worked for, had been tasked with constructing the new centre.

So far, a new centre has been constructed, but it does not have a kitchen, medical room or toilets and that is what Mathebula is fundraising for.

Speaking to The Witness, Mathebula said he felt that this was a good initiative to embark on in order to give something back to the community, especially in an area like Ncwadi where many children are raised by their grandparents.

He said his target was to raise at least R10 000 and so far he had managed to get R1 000.

“An early childhood development centre plays a critical and significant role in a child life. These children are the future youth whom we are looking forward to celebrating, but if they don’t receive good foundations, this will only remain a dream,” he said.

He said he worked for E3 Initiative for three-and-a-half years and has had the privilege of travelling around KZN and some African countries.

“What I have noticed is the vicious cycle of poverty and lack of adequate infrastructure and safe spaces for children. Without this kind of infrastructure, children are susceptible to abuse and exploitation in the hands of monsters.

“We hear stories of children being sexually abused or killed by people known to their families because of lack of such critical infrastructure in some communities,” he said.