Big Cows herd taking on CT Marathon
Cape Town - With the hype building ahead of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
this weekend, The Cows are using the event as a springboard to expand their
numbers in the Western Cape as they continue their relentless fundraising
drive for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
The race on Sunday 23 September is driving a “gees” programme encouraging
participants to embrace the various distances being run with typical South
African zeal, and stand a chance to win big cash prizes for their charities.
One of the founding members of the Cows Cordi Van Niekerk has corralled a
herd of over 70 Cows to run the 10km race in their hallmark furry
black-and-white Cow suits, and says it is the start of bigger things for The
“The core of our support base is in Joburg, so it is really a thrill to see
the huge response we have had to our appeal to put together a Cow Herd for
the 10km race.
“It is an ideal entry event for the growing Cape Town Herd, and my vision is
to see this number growing exponentially year-on-year and feeding into the
Van Niekerk said a handful of The Cows athletes would be running the full
marathon in The Cows kit, including two stalwarts who will run the full
distance in the furry Cow suits.
“It takes a special kind of human to set out to run the full distance in one
of those hot furry Cow suits,” he explained. “But that is what we do. When
the going gets tough, we just think of what a child undergoing cancer
treatment is going through, and suddenly it feels a whole lot easier.”
He said that the huge herd taking part in the 10km race would be impossible
“Apart from the furry Cow suits, you will see balloons, cowbells and hear a
lot of festivities. ‘Gees’ is what we do,” he said.
But he also made no bones about the fact that he is aiming at winning the #SCTMcharitygees
competition so that the R100 000 cash prize can go to the CHOC coffers that
supports the CHOC houses that accommodate underprivileged children being
treated for cancer, allowing them to be close to their families during their
“After ten years of The Cows thriving in Joburg and KZN, Cape Town has risen
in numbers to join us at the Sanlam Cape Town marathon. We hope we can
contribute meaningfully to this great event, and one day look back and
remember that this is where the Cape Town herd really took off,” said Van
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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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A herd of over 70 in the furry
Cows suits will take on the 10km event at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon this
weekend in hope of winning the 'Gees' prize and R100 000 cash prize for the
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
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