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A group of young South Africans living in the UK have signed up for a marathon and plan to raise funds for education back home.


London, United Kingdom (02 June 2023) – A group of young South Africans living in the United Kingdom are set to run a marathon, not only to test their endurance but also to raise funds for education in their home country. Determined to make a positive difference in the face of negativity and concerns in the media about corruption, a struggling economy, and a failing education system, these inspirational young individuals are running for change and the future of South Africa.

They will be joined by fellow Londoners who have strong ties to South Africa and believe in the power of education to change lives.

A Marathon for Change

On 8 October 2023, these determined young people will lace up their running shoes, ready to tackle the iconic Royal Parks Half Marathon. What sets these runners apart is their shared commitment to South Africa. Despite living and working overseas, they still consider South Africa their home and are driven to contribute positively to its future.

The idea for the marathon fundraiser was born out of a collective desire to address the challenges facing South Africa’s education system.

When children cannot read for meaning, they cannot learn. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) data recently released reported that 81% of South Africa’s Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language. No-fee schools saw the biggest declines.

With this in mind, these young South Africans have decided to take matters into their own hands and leverage their resources and connections to make a meaningful impact.

Running for Masicorp

All funds raised through the marathon will go directly to Masicorp, a prominent non-profit organization focused on education and skills development in impoverished communities in South Africa. Masicorp works tirelessly to provide quality education, mentorship, and essential resources to ensure a brighter future for the residents of Masiphumelele, Cape Town.

By choosing Masicorp as their beneficiary, the South African runners have aligned themselves with an organization renowned for its commitment to sustainable change. Masicorp’s programs encompass various areas of education, including early childhood development, primary and secondary school support, adult education, and vocational training.

The Power of Unity

This group represents a diverse range of professions and backgrounds, but their shared goal and passion for education have brought them together, transcending their geographical distance and fostering a strong sense of unity. They aim to shine a spotlight on the potential for positive change and inspire others to take action.

A Message of Hope

Their message of hope echoes across borders, reminding South Africans both at home and abroad that there are individuals committed to the welfare of their fellow citizens and the future of the nation. By coming together and supporting education initiatives, they aim to lay the groundwork for a brighter, more prosperous South Africa. By actively participating in positive change, these inspirational individuals are proving that distance does not diminish one’s love for their home country and their determination to make a difference.

‘’I believe that education is the open to door to life, and feel lucky that I am in a position where I can use my open door to help others open theirs. I am running for Masicorp because I am running for my country.” – Sarah Rodda

‘’I strongly believe that everyone should have equal access to education, and the opportunities that come with, no matter where in the world they live. That is why I am so excited to run for Masicorp because the work they are doing is so important – they are changing lives through education.’’ – Evie Morton

‘’I am running to raise funds for Masicorp, an organisation with a cause that deeply resonates with me. I believe in the power of education to transform my beautiful country for the better. Join me in supporting Masicorp and together, let’s unlock the boundless potential of young minds in South Africa.” – Aysha Alexander

‘’I believe in Masicorp’s mission but more importantly in their approach to working in partnership with people, empowering communities in Masiphumelele. Everything they do is rooted in solid values that can make for sustainable change.Their focus on education as a route out of poverty is backed by research, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. I really trust their work for this reason, they are targeting education to have the largest and most direct impact.” – Sophia Rose Chatir

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