Century City runner to brave extreme race for charity

Century City Athletic Club (CCAC) runner, Gavin Shaskolsky, is to brave the gruelling Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) for the second consecutive year – this time to raise funds for Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park.

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Date 27 September 2017

The KAEM is a self-sufficiency run of 250km held over six legs in seven days with set distances for each day, ranging from 28km to 80km.  Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event.  Overnight shelter in camps, and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied. 

The event goes way beyond merely covering the distance in extreme conditions; it is a challenge to get past what normal people would regard as crazy, and achieve one’s personal goals.

A former club captain of CCAC, Gavin is undertaking the endurance event to raise awareness and support for Sinenjongo where more than 30 of the club’s development runners go to school.

The school, which has an enrolment of over 1000 learners and serves an extremely impoverished community, was adopted by the developer of Century City, Rabie Property Group, eight years ago. Since then it has transformed from one of the Western Cape’s high risk schools with a matric pass rate of just 27% into one of the better performers with a pass rate of between 87 and 97 % for the past five years.

The Century City Athletic Club also adopted the school as its outreach project some years back nurturing some great talent and providing a healthy outlet for these young people.

The school, which was previously housed in containers, was moved to brand new bricks and mortar premises in January this year but it still in dire need of many amenities and equipment that can help it realise its dream of becoming one of SA’s top schools. And it is to this end that Gavin will be running pursuing a  passion he shares with Sinenjongo, namely  Leadership, Conscious Transformation, Paying it Forward and Education for young South Africans.

Members of the public wishing to support Gavin and Sinenjongo can do so by committing one hour or a set amount of money for every kilometre that Gavin completes in this year’s marathon. Alternatively you can make any donation you may wish to. To extend your support go to http://www.sinenjongo.com