NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY CHEST
“Eliasson Anders is a Comrades Marathon runner and supporter from Sweden. He will be running his 17th Comrades Marathon in 2019.
The Comrades Marathon is a very special race for him. He believes that if your running also makes a difference to others, then the fundraising efforts are so much more valuable. He knows that it is tough but believes strongly that: “When you know that what you are fighting for will give hope and joy to 6000 children, then it is well worth the time and energy to run for education”.
As a person who loves exercising, he will continue with his training during this winter season in Sweden. Anders works at AB Volvo – the truck manufacturer in Gothenburg as an IT system developer.
Thank you Anders for making your mark as a Superhero for 6000 children in South Africa. Together we can make the impossible to be possible!”
RUNNING FOR HPCA
CHRISTIAN RAUSCH IS HYPED UP FOR HIS FIRST EVER COMRADES!
Running has been a significant part of my life, having started when I was 16.
Since then I have been lucky enough to participate in some of the world’s most beautiful races, most recently the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town. This will be my first ever Comrades Marathon!
What do you enjoy about the event?
Running the Two Oceans ultra-marathon in Cape Town was a very special experience, I love South Africa, and the energy from the crowds combined with the breath-taking scenery has encouraged me to set new challenges – The Comrades Marathons is a bucket list event and one I feel proud to have the opportunity and ability to run.
How do you prepare for an event this big?
Part of the fun of participating in these events is the preparation. The preparation pushes you to run further and faster, and in doing so you find yourself running in new areas and seeing new sites. Of course, this takes dedication, and in the Swedish winter it is sometimes tough to get out there into the cold to train – however it is all part of striving towards a goal, and for this it is worth it.
Who are your biggest fans/supporters?
My friends and family are hugely supportive and a little worried.
What is your favourite food before and after a run?
Well my partner always has very strong ideas about what I should eat before, so before – is normally is a Pasta. After a run, this is a bit of a celebration – so whatever food that comes my way.
Do you enjoy running alone or prefer a group?
Both give energy, alone is great for thinking, like a type of meditation. With Groups it is more of a social event, where you all work towards the same goal.
How has running changed your life?
Running has created a lot of balance in my life, especially when training and preparing for a race like this, it provides and anchor in my daily life.
Is there any reason you chose Hospice as your preferred beneficiary?
Running the Comrades marathon, coincides with my completion of my Medical Training, and the completion of my PhD. The focus of my research has been on the elderly and the support and provision of palliative care that is required for various conditions. It is well known that we as a society need to do more to support our elderly and supporting hospice one way we can do this.
You can help Christian reach his target of R6000 for Hospice by clicking HERE