Matthew MacDonald loved sports and loved competing in the Ironman; sadly he lost his Leukaemia battle. His friends are doing the Ironman in memory of him.


Durban, South Africa – On Saturday 02 June 2019, a group of over 30 friends are undertaking to do the Ironman 70.3 Durban in memory and celebration of the life of their friend Matthew MacDonald. Matthew lost the battle with Leukaemia a year ago, at the young age of 31. They aim to honour his legacy, raise awareness about blood cancer and raise funds for The Sunflower Fund.

Ironman events have over the years been undertaken by men and women across the world who challenge themselves to overcome personal obstacles from obesity to chronic illness or pursue personal fitness goals. For these friends, it is not about what they gain out of the experience that matters though; it is about celebrating an unbreakable spirit. Even amid his battle with Leukaemia, he inspired many and left behind a group of friends and family who are still in awe of a young man who lived an incredible life.

Macy, as he is fondly remembered, was a man who lived life to the fullest and who touched many lives along the way.

“Having completed a number of 70.3 triathlons himself, we felt that it is a fitting way for us as a group to honour his legacy,” says Adam Turk.

“We have adeptly named this initiative IronMac and are calling on our networks of friends and family to “Back your Boytie” by making a donation in Mac’s memory by supporting an athlete from our group as we all endeavour to raise funds,” Turk continued.

The guys have already raised a total of R126,208.00 which will be donated to the Sunflower Fund. To view all the athletes in the group and to make a secure online donation, visit All proceeds from IronMac go to The Sunflower Fund. For more information about The Sunflower Fund, visit or call 0800 12 10 82.

Sources: Supplied
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