Hi, we are Township Farmers and we run 42km marathons with a tree on our backs and also from time to time, ask our friends and family to join us....
Township Farmers SA, is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2017 by Siyabulela Sokomani and Ondela Manjezi, to bring awareness to three issues that are close and dear to their hearts;
1. Food insecurity,
2. Environmental protection & conservation, and,
3. Sustainable community development
Through Townships Farmers #runningtree campaign, the duo have raised and planted over 2000 trees across South Africa’s townships from Jabavu, Soweto to J section, Khayelitsha. This is their attempt to change the landscape of what is known as a Township. To re-imagine the narrative of the dusty township streets as it no longer is relevant to the energetic go-getters and dreamers the Township raises every day.
Since its inception the #runningtree campaign has in;
1. 2017 Cape Town Marathon - Planted 72 trees in Khayelitsha
2. 2017 Soweto Marathon - Planted 42 trees in Soweto
3. 2018 Cape Town Marathon - Planted 220 trees in Khayelitsha
The ambitious goal for 2019 is to raise 2019 trees during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to be held in September and as the marathon’s official charity we have dared our friends and family to take part in the 42km and 10km race and help us bring the green to the greenest marathon in Africa. A moving forest consisting of 19 runners each will be on the road raising awareness on the effects of climate change, deforestation in Africa how it impacts sustainable development, the development of the girl child and food security... while of cause having fun!
In an attempt to have Khayelitsha named as the greenest township in South Africa, the 2019 trees raised will be planted in Khayelitsha schools and neighborhoods.
For as little as R70 you can donate towards this dream and help us make history.
Thank you in advance.