A group of runners taking on a monumental 600km relay run for charity will be passing through the Midlands on their way from Joburg to Durban.
Why exactly are they taking on this punishing challenge, which takes place from March 19-22? To raise funds for the community of Eldorado Park, specifically to provide needy schools with internet access.
Each runner will get their turn to run in a relay with the rest of the team. The run is continuous, from dawn to dusk.
You can find out more about the team and why they are putting themselves through the pain on their Facebook page.
You can also find out how to contribute to their fundraising efforts by going to the Facebook page, or the Live2Give website.
The group says: “There is a huge digital divide in South Africa that has had a significant impact on education during the pandemic. The adverse effects of this are likely to remain a factor in education for the foreseeable future. Internet access is vital for student success. It forms the foundation for learning, university and job opportunities, and community development.”
The runners expressed the concern felt by many South Africans for pupils and students who have no access to internet facilities and who face exclusion from opportunities for learning.
“With access to the internet, students can expand their horizons and seek better opportunities for themselves with the vast amount of information that will be made available to them.”