Unogwaja is a growing legacy inspired by an incredible South African story of hope that we can all be part of.
The Light Fund
The Unogwaja Light Fund lies at the heart of the purpose of Unogwaja.
The Light Fund generates financial support for community based organisations in South Africa which focus specifically on education, skills development and most critically on ensuring that the responsibility and action lies with the people being supported and at no point does the support take this responsibility and accountability away.
Empowerment and self reliance is at the core of each of the organisations that are supported by the Light Fund and become known as Unogwaja Lights. The Light Fund aims to identify and support more Lights across our country firmly rooted in these principles.
This 10 day, 1,660km cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg to take part in the Comrades Marathon on the 11th day is a journey of the heart inspired by Phil Masterton-Smith (who's nickname was "Unogwaja" meaning hare in Zulu). In 1933, Masterton-Smith lived in Cape Town and could not afford the train fare to Pietermaritzburg for the start of the Comrades Marathon. He got on his bike and he cycled there. Today his courage and determination in the face of adversity are at the core of the Unogwaja Challenge which has become an annual journey that started in 2011 and brings together a small group of people chosen from all over the world for this special mission of hope across South Africa.
Unogwaja on Foot
A journey on foot between Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg that is open to anyone to physically take part in whatever way you can, no matter how long or short.
The 1st May 2015 represents an historic day for Unogwaja and South Africa as the first steps of the first Unogwaja on foot journey are taken. Unogwaja represents a message of hope for everyone and we want everyone to be able to part of it.
This is the start of a long and important journey, that over time can bring together the whole nation. Something we can call our own, where we can stand next to each other and be proud of and part of equally.
Red Love Train
The Red Love Train is what we became known as during the Comrades "Up Run" 2013 which was one of the toughest races in living memory with one of the highest drop out rates in history due to fierce heat and head winds. The strength and the unity of the team, and the story and mission we are all brought together by, creates the opportunity to experience a truly unique Comrades journey that goes way beyond ourselves.
Whether you are vying for top honours or running your first Comrades and trying to make the 12hour cut off, if you feel passionately about being part of the Unogwaja mission, join us. You have an important role to play.