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Stillwater Sports, the organisers of the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (taking place on Sunday, 14 October 2018) are excited to include LIV Village and iThemba Lethu as event charities in 2018 in addition to the Reach For A Dream Foundation, TREE and Durban & Coast SPCA.

“Charity support continues to be a major focus at all three ABSA Run Your City Series events:  ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN was launched in 2017 with three charities on board:  Reach For A Dream Foundation, TREE and Durban & Coast SPCA.  We are excited to grow this list in 2018.  Both LIV Village and iThemba Lethu focus their resources on caring for orphaned and/or abandoned children.  We are proud to support the selfless work of these two Durban based initiatives and look forward to welcoming them to the 2018 event experience.”

Based in the community of Cottonlands, just outside of Verulam in Durban (KZN), LIV Village was founded in 2011 with the first children and mothers moving into their houses in August 2012.

According to Carita McCririe, HOD of Marketing and LIV Leadership, the founder of LIV (Tich Smith) had a dream to build a village for orphaned children where they would have a mother who loves them, food to eat, a roof over their heads and where they would receive a proper education.  “LIV exists to raise the next generation of leaders in our nation. We place parentless children in an environment where they receive unconditional love, spiritual leadership and where all their physical needs are met.  It is a great honour and privilege to be associated with the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.  We would like to create awareness for the work that LIV is doing in the Durban area and raise funds to “Rescue, Restore, Raise and Release” our children as the future leaders of South Africa.”

To find out more about LIV2Educate and LIV4Family programmes, as well as LIV4Health, please email info@liv-village.com or visit www.liv-village.com  To view the LIV Village “giving catalogue” CLICK HERE

Since 2001, iThemba Lethu has been placing vulnerable children (babies and juveniles) into permanent families, while equipping the youth and leaders of tomorrow with life skills and education to help them make wiser lifestyle decisions.

“iThemba Lethu focusses on the transition of vulnerable children back into permanent families through reunification and adoption,” says Karen Brokensha, Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator iThemba Lethu.  “We also strive to equip pre-adolescent youth with the necessary life skills to positively influence their risk taking behaviour.  We are avid believers in the power of partnership.  By operating as a collective body, everyone is an ambassador for building hope in our city.  We are proud to be an official charity of the 2018 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.  We look forward to meeting new people, while creating awareness for the cause.”

For more information on iThemba Lethu please email karen@ithembalethu.org.za or visit www.ithembalethu.org.za


Celebrating its 2nd anniversary in 2018, the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN grants entrants the unique opportunity to explore their city on foot.  In addition to lively on-route entertainment and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best middle distance runners, the 2018 ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN route will also highlight a number of Durban’s iconic landmarks.

Date: Sunday, 14 October 2018
Entry Fee: Standard Entry:  R170 (licensed) / R190 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Entry:  R850 (licensed) / R870 (unlicensed)

Enter: Online:  www.durban10k.com
  Instore:  Totalsports – Gateway, Westville Pavilion, Musgrave, West Street, Pinetown, The Bluff, Bridge City, City View and Chatsworth
Instore Entries Close: Monday, 24 September 2018
Online Entries Close: Monday, 01 October 2018

The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is proudly hosted by KZN Athletics.

CHARITY SUPPORTWhen entering online runners (and walkers) can support one of five Durban based charities:  The Reach For A Dream Foundation, TREE, Durban & Coast SPCA, LIV Village and/or iThemba Lethu.

Facebook:  Durban10k

Twitter:  @Durban10k

Instagram:  @Durban10k

Official hashtag:  #ABSARunYourCity

Website:  www.durban10k.com

About the ABSA Run Your City Series:

ABSA is proud to bring you the ABSA Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the ABSA Cape Town 12 ONERUN, ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.

ABSA’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com


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