Comrades Runners 2010 and 2011

Back Row - Wayne Redman, Shaun westermeyer, Dough Hull, Mark McCall, Jurgen Swart, Andrew Sadler.  Front Row - Jody Taylor, Bernie Karam, Lisa Redman, Charlene Swart, Claire Maujean, Olly Maujean

Back Row - Wayne Redman, Shaun westermeyer, Dough Hull, Mark McCall, Jurgen Swart, Andrew Sadler.  Front Row - Jody Taylor, Bernie Karam, Lisa Redman, Charlene Swart, Claire Maujean, Olly Maujean

In 2010, twelve Durban runners, and then in 2011, seven runners put their hearts in their running shoes and dedicated their muscle pain and mental torture on the road to highlight the incredible strength and endurance shown by babies that are abandoned daily. 

Just as Vic Clapham ran the first Comrades Marathon on 24 May 1921, in honour of his comrades who had died in the war, so did the twelve lend their heartbeats to the hundreds of abandoned babies whose hearts have no voice to speak for them. 

This enthusiastic group added their support to the everyONEcounts campaign, whose initial purpose is to raise awareness and funding through art. "In light of the fact that the history and spirit of the Comrades echoes the core values of everyONEcounts, our quest wass to ensure that every single kilometer completed, counted towards something meaningful, because every life counts." said Olly Maujean, a 2010 novice runner. 

Like the tremendous support that the art campaign received, the public got behind the runners by pledging an amount for each kilometre that they ran. Over R81 000 had been pledged in support of the runners for the cause. 

The words of Helen Keller best describe the true heart of this organisation, "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." 

Some can run 89kms, some can paint inspiring artworks, and some can support those that run and paint so that together, everyONEcounts.

To view a few photos of the day, click here.

Select the link to read more about Olly Maujean's book "A Long Walk to Running"