The Cows Comrades heroes hailed
Durban - The Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC) fundraisers
The Cows are bringing down the curtain on a record breaking fundraising
effort at the recent Comrades Marathon, and recognising the runners that
helped push the total raised to R1,67 million.
Capetonian Cow Axel Ritterhaus singlehandedly raised almost R80 000 for
CHOC, with the top ten all managing to raise in excess of R20 000 each.
While many are familiar local runners, it was the name of Australian athlete
Darren Wood, who caught many by surprise.
The contribution from his supporters in Australia turned his amount raised
into a hefty sum when converted from Australian dollars to Rands, shooting
him into the top ten of the overall charity fundraisers list, and inspiring
him to continue his fundraising for the South African childhood cancer
"A friend of mine in Germany has a four year old son who has mouth cancer
for the second time and I managed to raise AUS $36 500 just through work,"
Woods said, explaining how his support for childhood cancer charities
"At the Comrades the 'Durban Daisy' Iris Varty gave me a furry CHOC Cow suit
which I wear while training for the upcoming Melbourne marathon, a race I
will run in the suit.
"I get so many toots from cars while running and people stop their cars to
take a picture of the cow!" he added.
For another seasoned member of The Cows Glynis Mauldon, the 2018 Comrades
was particularly special. She was running the ultra marathon in memory of
John Stark, a veteran of 33 Comrades marathon, who passed away in February.
"The support on the day was phenomenal and The Cows stand at Hillcrest
rocked," said Mauldon, who flew back from England for the race.
"Just getting there in time, I felt like I had won and then to have (The
Cows founder) Kerrin (Bain) run with me for a short way was very special!"
"I haven’t finished a “down run” since 2012 – funny enough I ran in Cow kit
that year. Unfortunately in 2014 I missed cut off at 45th Cutting, " she
"This year I hit a bad patch after Drummond and I knew I had lost too much
time, so Plan B was make the cut offs, come hell or high water I was going
to cross the finish line for the CHOC kids and for John.
"I just kept repeating to myself “pain is temporary, quitting is forever”. I
made 45th Cutting by a few minutes and knew I would have to run my heart out
to do 9kms in just over an hour.
"Sadly I got sick at Tollgate, felt awful and then it was walk and run to
the finish. Passing Kingsmead in under 12hours was a tad hard, as it was for
many others trying to make the 12 hour cut off. I soldiered on and
fortunately was not pulled off the road and I was able to cross the finish
mat in 12 hours and 25 minutes."
"For me it was mission accomplished," She added. "I hadn’t bailed, I had
finished for the kids, in memory of those now passed and for John. The
records will show another DNF but I completed the distance. No regrets,"
"My love affair with The Comrades Marathon continues – 23 starts and 13
finishes - clearly I need my head read or I am one stubborn lady and I am
sure no one has a record like this.”
The top fundraisers for The Cows at this year's Comrades marathon:
Axel Rittershaus R79 943.83
Pat Freeman R65 350.00
Mervyn Shanmugam R48 880.00
Richard Laskey R45 200.00
Grant Kalil R40 850.00
Darren Woods R36 705.00
Liebie Opperman R27 550.00
Lizelle Venter R25 200.00
Shujit Ranchhoojee R20 500.00
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About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists
keen to make a difference and raise funds for CHOC. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
94.7 Cycle Challenge in memory of their little daughter, Jessica, who had
recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a
significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of
Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the
decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to
don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to an incredible 140 energetic
cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all
riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy
dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing
cow suits. The Cows have just broken through the R29 million mark of funds
raised for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is
prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is
able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer
throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love
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Proudly taking delivery of the
cheque as the top charity fundraiser at the 2018 Comrades Marathon are(from
left) Iris Varty, the Durban
Daisy of The Cows, CHOC's Agie Govender, Cheryl Winn and Pat Freeman of the
Comrades Marathon Association and
CHOC KZN Chairperson Eugene Subban.
Glynis Mauldon (left) runs
through Hillcrest with The Cows founder Kerrin Bain for company. "To have
Kerrin run with me for a short way was very special!" she said.
Australian runner Darren Woods managed to raise
R36 705 for CHOC during the 2018 Comrades Marathon, a race he finished in a
time of 10 hours 50 minutes.
Capetonian Axel Rittershaus was
responsible for raising the most money for CHOC when he raised R 79 943 in
the build up to the 2018 Comrades Marathon, he finished the race in 9 hours
and 15 minutes.
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