Three years ago, three best friends Tom Fraser, James Booth, and Joe Hudson established “Get With It,” a lifestyle movement embodying the philosophy of giving 100% to all aspects of life. Stemming from our final year at UCT, Get With It emphasizes the pursuit of both fitness and enjoyment, promoting a balanced and holistic approach to well-being. We like to say it’s a “marriage of fitness & fun”. In 2021, we took on the 4x4x48 Challenge, running 4 (6.4km) miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Our goal was to support The Phillippi Children’s Centre in Phillippi, Cape Town, and initially set a target of R20,000, later increased to R76,800. Surpassing expectations, we raised a remarkable R162,000 and feeling overwhelmed by the incredible support, we knew we couldn’t stop there. Building on this momentum, we’re gearing up for our next challenge, The Get With It 50×5 Challenge. Beginning on 9 April, this involves running 50km a day for 5 days, concluding with The Two Oceans on 13 April, totalling 256km. The objective remains unchanged – raising awareness and funds for those in dire need. Our target for this challenge is R256,000, with the intent to assist individuals and foundations as outlined below:
We frequently run along the promenade, and we’ve often encountered Donnel and his mother, Blessing, seated there, seeking help. Donnel was born with Hydrocephalus, a condition characterised by an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain’s ventricles. This has significantly impacted Donnel’s quality of life, rendering him entirely reliant on a wheelchair. His inability to walk or perform typical daily tasks like bathing, dressing, or getting into bed has greatly affected him. Meanwhile, Blessing, who also cares for Donnel’s sister Anita, supports her by sending her to school, cooking for her, and fulfilling other maternal duties. Blessing’s dedication to caring for Donnel around the clock leaves her unable to work, making financial stability a constant struggle. Her only source of income comes from the occasional days spent seeking support on the promenade. As a result, she’s in dire need of financial assistance. To help, we are dedicating one of our running days to raise funds for Donnel’s cause.
Two of the other days we will be running for the kids of Lolla’s Light. Lolla’s Light is a foundation run by a amazing young lady called Maxine Beimel. Maxine helps 15 children who are in need of assistance. The funds go to day to day expenses that these kids need help with such as school fees, clothing, rent and others. These children idolize Maxine as she is passionate about improving there day to day quality of living. These children rely a lot on Lollas Light as it provides them with income that is essential to them and their families.
The remaining 2 days we will be dedicated to the Angels Care Centre who we will also be donating to. Angels Care provides the kind of help which creates an environment of healing where hope thrives. They provide for the holistic care and optimal growth of children from indigent homes in the greater Howick area of KwaZulu-Natal. They do this by addressing the basic needs of children and ensuring their access to healthcare, a quality education and other human services. Their services include Education, Food Security for Children, Youth Development, Community Outreach and Crisis Care.
- Starting point is the Deck on Beach, Moullie Point.
- Loop around Greenpoint Stadium.
- Right onto the Promenade.
- All the way past Saunders, up steep Seacliffe road and onto Victoria Road.
- Victoria Road past Clifton, Camps Bay, Bakoven and The 12 Apostles.
- Climb up to Llundudno, and that’s the 25km point. (AID & SUPPORT STATION)
- Turn Around and follow the same route back. All the way around Greenpoint Stadium.
- Finish where we started at the Deck on Beach.
*Subject to change