Now in its third year in East London, the charity has raised funds through a combined effort from 28 sponsors, 40 athletes competing in their red KFC Ironman 4 the Kidz race kit and the public’s contribution through the Track an Athlete donations.
Last year the total amount raised in East London was R270 000, this year totalling R310 000 for its East London beneficiaries, Salem Baby Centre and Child Welfare East London. The much needed financial boost assists the beneficiaries in a variety of ways with Salem Bay Centre using the funds to improve their current security, make renovations to the existing facility as well as considering a holiday school in conjunction with Child Welfare East London.
The charity, founded by Garth Wright and Gary Stephenson, continues to strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of less fortunate children not only through financial means but also through offering hope and positivity through its association with an event such as IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa.
It is through the selflessness and dedication of companies and individuals that the KFC Ironman 4 the Kidz charity is able to provide a glimmer of hope to the children in the East London region. The charity is therefore very grateful to all the valued sponsors for their contribution and willingness to be involved in the initiative, to the athletes for their sacrifice and being beacons of inspiration and to the public for their support through donations and for using the Track an Athlete service.
About the 2 charities
Salem Baby Care Centre
The Salem Baby Care Centre offers a haven for destitute mothers and children. This includes primary health and nutritional care for babies and children, education for older siblings, literacy and skills training, HIV/Aids education and support programmes for mothers.
Child Welfare East London
Child Welfare South Africa offer services to the children between 0 -16 years of age who have been abused, neglected, infected and affected by HIV/Aids, abandoned and destitute.