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Running for a worthy cause

Sandile Nyoka, a runner and a member of Durban Child and Youth Care Centre, has an incredible passion to use his skills and talent in order to make a difference.

The 28 year-old care worker from Chesterville in Durban, who loves sports and has always been very active from an early age, says that his goal is to raise R100 000 for DCYCC. After completing grade 12, Sandile started road running, trail running and marathons. So far, he has successfully finished in the top 10 when competing in the 10km and 21km races.

Sandile informed us that his next race is the Mandela Day Marathon, which will take place on the 27th of August, and he shall be running this race for the second time. “What makes it special this year is that I won’t be running for myself but to make a difference in children’s lives in a positive way” he said.

For his very first Mandela Legacy Challenge on the 30th of July 2017, Sandile finished in 5th position and his goal has been to run each race for charity. This is a goal that he set for his races this year, until the 2018 Comrades Marathon.

Sandile said that he is hoping to one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run the New York Marathon as well as the Berlin Marathon and all these events will be for charity.

“I want to see children’s needs met and also see every person value the well-being of children” he added.

Another great initiative that he is a part of is Back-a-Buddy Campaign. This is an online crowdfunding platform which makes it possible for people with skills and talent, like Sandile, to become Charity Champions for a cause that is close to their heart.

For donations, the community is encouraged to go onto the Back-a-Buddy page and make a contribution towards this initiative. All proceeds go towards the needs of the youth and children at the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre.

For more information on this initiative or to support the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre, contact Nicolette Modicka (DCYCC Development and Relationship Manager) on +27 31 201 1301  or email 

Thank you goes out to the staff from Aegis Outsourcing for the generous donation of goods to our Centre. #makingadifference

Posted by Durban Child & Youth Care Centre on Friday, 28 July 2017

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