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Pirates runners launch “500 Kays for Kids” in aid of Childline!


Greenside, Johannesburg – It didn’t take much convincing to get Pirates Running Club stalwarts David Case and Johan Botes to tackle a mammoth, and somewhat silly run, from the original Pirates Club in Kimberley to the final destination of the famous Old Bones bar at Pirates Club in Greenside a mere 500 kilometres away.

News spread quickly, and when the really fast guys heard about it, Thabang Mmolawa and Emmanuel Makhafo decided to join in.

What sounded like a good idea at the time turned into an even better one for Childline once the guys decided that there was no way they could run all that way without a good enough reason or cause.

Starting on 16th August 2019 the Pirates foursome will start the iconic 500 kays for kids journey wherein 1884 when George Danford formed the first Pirates Club. They’ll cover roughly 50 kilometres a day for a total of 10 days until they reach Pirates Greenside, which, formed in 1888 is the oldest sports club in Johannesburg today.

David and Johan are no strangers to long-distance running and have done some extreme to downright crazy things in their running careers. However, they may battle to keep up with Comrades silver-medalist Thabang and ex soccer-player Emmanuel who, as part of the Pirates Road Running Development Programme, may set the pace a little faster than the rest of the group would like.

Runners or spectators who wish to give them moral support can track them on the 500 KAYS FOR KIDS website where they can find information about the route and donation options for Childline.

“We chose to partner with Childline because we believe children should be guaranteed their basic human right to safety through the facilitation of child protection,” says David.

“Childline plays a crucial role in giving these kids support and ultimately shaping their future.”

The pair hopes to raise R250 000 for the cause so please support them by going to their website and choosing from many payment options and amounts.

From Kimberley to Joburg: Runners take on arduous 500 kilometre run for kids in need!

Sources: Pirates Running Club 
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