Community Chest hosts virtual challenge

Whether you are a competitive or a social athlete, the Community Chest Virtual Charity Event 2020 has something in store for you.

The virtual event is being held over six months. It started on Wednesday June 10 and ends on Thursday December 10.

Event ambassador Zarina Brewer and her husband, Siraj are among those taking on the challenge.

Zarina admitted that she was a social running, but having said that, she has clocked a number of kilometers on the road.

“A friend of mine came up with this idea because, since it was lockdown time, we didn’t have many events of this kind.

“This is a unique event in that you can enter any distance, over a period of six months.”

Under the banner of the
#CoalitionoftheCommitted, the organisers invite participants across the world to fire up their physiques, get moving and gain some serious health benefits, all in aid of a great cause.

Community Chest communications officer Desiré Goliath, described the event as an all-inclusive health festival, where no one is left behind.

“The event is open to walkers, runners, cyclists and mountain bikers and there are various options to suit your fitness level with distances ranging from a leisurely 5km to a tough 100km. It could not be more convenient to get a health boost while making a difference. The venue is your own home, or a starting point of your choice, to the finish line for your chosen distance,” she said.

Distances offered are 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km, 50km, 56km, 90.1km, 100km and a bonus route to mark the reason for the event, a (Covid) 19km.

“To make matters even simpler, and to ensure no excuses, you do not have to complete your chosen distance in one single day, but can split your participation over one week, one month or throughout the six-month period.

“It is not a race. The objective is merely to complete your distance,” she said.

Entry fees are R69 for distances from 5km to 19km, with all other distances being R119. Commemorative event T-shirts are available for R120.

“All entry fees will be used in our education focus area towards supporting schools with their post-lockdown back-to-school re-integration.

Proceeds raised will be managed to distribute hygiene products and much needed resources for schools,” said Goliath

“The crisis of the pandemic offered us a natural opportunity to focus on our key focus area of education and help schools in the challenging transition of returning to school after the lockdown.”

Adding to the thrill of the event, Community Chest has included an Ambassador’s Challenge. Well-known personalities from across the world in health, fitness, business, music and social media have joined forces to give the event a competitive edge.

Prizes worth over R100 000 are up for grabs including luxury accommodation.

Weekly lucky draws will take place throughout the duration of the event and each finisher will boast a Virtual Charity Event 2020 certificate, on receipt of proof of completion.