Why Sponsor a Community Runner for the Extra Mile Trail Run?

Why Sponsor a Community Runner for the Extra Mile Trail Run?

The Extra Mile Trail Run isn’t just about racing toward a finish line. It’s about running with purpose and heart, making a positive impact on our communities and our planet’s vulnerable animal species. One way you can contribute to this cause is by sponsoring a community runner. Let us explain why this is so important.

Empowering the Impoverished

The Huntington community, both the beneficiaries of the cause and the physical location of the Extra Mile Trail Run, is among the most impoverished areas in the country. Many families are living on the breadline, struggling to meet basic needs like food, let alone participating in events like a trail run. But here’s the thing: this community is rich in spirit and hope. By sponsoring a runner, you’re giving them the chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to contribute and be empowered.

A Step Toward Self Actualization

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs highlights that, at the base level, everyone needs security, but belonging and self-actualization are equally important. Even those living in poverty can aspire to something greater. By sponsoring a community runner, you provide them with an opportunity to be part of a purposeful event, to strive for self-actualization, and to feel the joy of contributing to a larger cause.

Connecting Communities and Conservation

Our goal with the Extra Mile Trail Run is twofold: fostering community development and raising awareness about wildlife conservation. By sponsoring a community runner, you’re providing an invaluable opportunity for the people of the Huntington Community to participate in this extraordinary event. It’s not only a chance to enjoy a healthy activity and connect with others, but it also enables community members to learn about the importance of wildlife conservation.

The proceeds of the race benefit both community upliftment and conservation projects. By sponsoring a community runner, you’re directly contributing to the betterment of the Huntington Community, helping to fund self-sustaining projects where community members contribute their skills and efforts. This ensures that projects are kept alive into the future, empowering people to take responsibility for their own development.

What Sponsorship Provides

For just R100 (equivalent to US$5 or GBP4 – the cost of a cup of coffee), you can sponsor a community runner. Your sponsorship provides them with entry to the race, a t-shirt, a buff, and a runner’s bib with an electronic tracking device to record their participation and time. Moreover, each sponsored runner receives a R250 SPAR voucher (SPAR is an international retail chain and franchise, offering groceries and convenience goods worldwide). This not only gives them the chance to participate in a memorable event but also offers tangible support for their daily needs.

Creating a Ripple Effect

We aim to allocate up to half of the 1200 entries available to our community runners, but we can’t do it alone – we need your help. Sponsoring a community runner isn’t just about the race; it’s about giving them a sense of purpose and belonging, an opportunity to contribute to their sustainability. It’s about empowering them to get out, get healthy, and enjoy a day of support from people and businesses who care.

We challenge individuals, families, friends, and businesses to get involved. Sponsor a community runner, join the race, or participate from afar in the Cape Parrot Virtual Trail Run (learn everything you need to know about the virtual event here). Challenge others and keep the torch burning. This is an opportunity to make a real difference in a way that is FUN, healthy, and full of heart.

Click here to sponsor a community runner now. The secure online payment gateway makes it easy to support this fantastic cause from wherever in the world you may be.

Exciting News Alert!
The Extra Mile 2023 has been officially recognised as a Vitality Race Event.

For all you Discovery Vitality Members out there, this recognition comes with some fantastic perks. Please don’t forget to mention that you’re a Discovery Vitality Member when you pick up your race pack.  (𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙍𝙪𝙣)

Join us. Let’s run (or walk) together, or support from afar. Let’s make a difference, and be the Changemakers this world needs.

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