Nedbank Inspires Comrades Runners, Employees & Seeks to Raise Funds for Charity

Nedbank hosted a  5km run fun aimed at wishing the 2016 Comrades Marathon participants from the Nedbank Running Club all the best, while also inspiring staff members to become more active and to also raise funds for children requiring prosthetics.  

Iconic runners included 2015 Comrades winners Claude Moshiywa, Charne Bosman, as well as Ludwick Mamabolo, Siphiwe Ndlela, Eric Ngubane and Renier Grobler who all ran along with some journalists and Nedbank staff and executives.

No medals were distributed on the day, but the main prizes were good fun, motivation to be more active and being inspired by speeches from some of the most prolific runners around and a send-off message from Nedbank Chief Executive, Mike Brown. In 2015, the Nedbank Running Club had more than a thousand participants in the Comrades Marathon, with nine of the 20 gold medals going to this team.

Brown also took the opportunity to announce the renewal of the Nedbank Running Club sponsorship for a further three years until 2019. Launched in 2008, the Nedbank Running Club’s has focused on bringing running enthusiasts together in a social but competitive environment and to also identify and guide talented individuals to their full potential. Under the expert management of former Comrades Winner; Nick Bester, the club has 13 branches in 12 cities across the country, and has grown from 1200 to 4165 runners in eight years.

“As a bank for all, Nedbank remains a dedicated supporter and sponsor of road running. The club has produced so many athletes and turned everyday South African into heroes. Anyone can participate in the sport and not only improve their health, but also socialise and compete with a purpose,” said Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Sponsorship and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.

Mike Brown also unveiled Nedbank’s CSI initiative to support the #GoSandile campaign. 17-year-old Sandile Mbili who lost his legs due to a bacterial infection four years ago received prosthetics legs with the help of two non – profit organisations – One School at a Time and the Jumping Kids Foundation.

To motivate Sandile to walk again using his prosthetic legs, the Jumping Kids Foundation launched a Twitter campaign called #GoSandile, which encourages everyone to tweet motivational messages to him, using the #GoSandile hashtag. These tweets are printed out and given to Sandile at each of his physiotherapy sessions, encouraging him to take another step to success.

Nedbank are leveraging our sponsorship of Comrades Marathon to encourage and motivate Sandile to run again – and in so doing, inspire others and raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities.  “We are challenging Sandile to do something incredible – to run the Nedbank Green Mile, which is 1.6km, at the 2016 Comrades Marathon. The distance will probably be physically and mentally challenging for Sandile, but we know that he is motivated by the knowledge that he won’t be running for fun, he’ll be running to raise funds for other children with disabilities. Working with Sandile, we seek to demonstrate that a disability has little to do with your ability, and that with the right support, anyone can make the things that really matter happen.” said Badenhorst,

For every Tweet that Sandile receives and is used for the track, a donation will be made to the Jumping Kids Foundation to enable more paraplegic children to get prosthetic legs.

To support Sandile on this remarkable mission, simply send a tweet of encouragement to @PhambiliSandile with the hashtags #GoSandile #NedbankGreenMile. “I am so excited. I like helping people. I can see the difference that these legs have brought to my life and if I can help people by just running, I’ll never stop.” said Sandile.  

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