Francois Pienaar runs the Cape Town Marathon with MAD2Run

The 17th of September 2017 will see our Founding Chairman Francois Pienaar, together with Graeme Smith (former Proteas Captain), run the full 42.2km Sanlam Cape Town Marathon for the 2018 MAD2Run team, in support of Make A Difference Leadership Foundation.

The goal is to raise R5 million for Make A Difference Leadership Foundation, so that we can further identify, support and comprehensively develop scholars with academic and leadership potential into future leaders for South Africa. Francois Pienaar will be running for MAD2Run 2018 – a team of extraordinary individuals who plan a 24-hour relay each year, to raise funds for Make A Difference Leadership Foundation. They complete a remarkable 1520 kilometres in total, made up of an average of 250km per day for seven days, culminating at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon in Cape Town

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Mad2Run Bowls Day Summary

So where do we begin…? Music, prizes, sun, G&T’s, goodie bags, sponsors, amazing humans, and a day that just continued to get better and better. What a success it turned out to be.

On Saturday, 11th of March, Team Cape Town pulled out all the stops and hosted their very first Bowls Day in aid of the MAD Leadership Foundation. In a nutshell, 120 players and spectators graced the Camps Bay Bowling Club for a day of beats and bowls. Broken up in to a 28-team event, 4 per side, all themed to the classic bowls day dress of “All White with A Touch of MADness”. This together with a number of twists, turns and surprises set the day up for one cracker of an event.

From the start, let’s just say we were blown away by the creativity and passion that each team showed in their attire for the day’s proceedings. Props were bought, t-shirts were made and there was more make-up applied than at MCQP. From team names, such as Holy Guacabowly, The Rock n Bowlers, Bowls Deep, Ebowla, to the highly dodgy Bowls 2 Men, one can only imagine the type of carnage that was going to take place when the sun finally went down (somethings in life you just cannot unsee).

None the less, Cape Town played out of its boots and lent way to a delicious summers day in the heart of Camps Bay. The scene was set and the people had arrived, thirsty and frothing for one hummer of a bowls tournament. We were fortune enough to have some amazing sponsors on the day that looked after all the players. Durbanville Hills were our headline sponsor and set up an amazing bar, which provided gods sweet nectar for everyone for the day. Bottles were popping and the white kept flowing, making sure everyone was bowling those balls with great finesse and doing so all with twinkle toes upon delivery. Durbanville Hills was kind enough to sponsor all teams with a bottle of their amazing Sparkling Wine as part of each teams goodie bag they received as a thank you for supporting on the day. Amongst the goodie bags were also cartons of Vita Coco, Ucook vouchers, GQ & Glamour magazines as well as some amazing hand written thank you notes from the MAD scholars themselves – a touch that would sure put a lump in your throat.

After the initial welcome and thank you, the day officially kicked off with the first bowls being bowled. A competitive tension was in the air and the sounds of groovy beats were cranking in the background. Nicholas Deist, the local bowls godfather, and principal for the day, ran the competition like clockwork, literally. Before we knew it we were finished with the round robin stage and the knock out rounds were soon upon us. Given the heat of the sun, and its draining qualities we were once again lucky enough to lean on a further sponsor of Red Bull for a half time break and to fill up on some jet fuel to get everyone back in the groove. This together with the Vasco De Gama Food Truck, and some thirst quenching Vita Coco was just the kick that was needed. Winners and losers were then placed in to Cup, Bowl, Plate and Toilet sections and the real masters began weaving their work on the greens to make sure they came out on top.

Amongst the play Vita Coco had set up a bar area which was used to sell raffle tickets. Some of the prizes included a weekend away at a 12-man house in St Francis, a R1000 dinner voucher at Radisson Blu Le Vendome, a Bamboo Revolution watch as well as a R2000 voucher for a pair of Police sunglasses. Prizes that were really just too good to be true and it showed with the success of the raffles tickets that were purchased on the day.

Soon the finals were upon us, two teams battling it out with the crowd keenly watching and cheering from the club house’s balcony. The eventual winners, The Bowling Stones coming out victorious in a fiercely competitive final round.

To close off the day’s formalities a number of prizes were up for grabs. We had the Best-Dressed Award, where in order to qualify you had to post a picture of your team on social media with the #Mad2run (go have a look at some of the outfits) which went to the classy team of Greek Lightning. Next, we had the Most Gees Team Award, which was hands down the most hotly contested prize of the night (we really were treated to some amazing ‘performances’ throughout the day), which The Drop Dead Bowlers walked away with. Finally, we had the Winner’s Prize, which went to The Bowling Stones. Big thanks has to go to those that kindly provided prizes for the day; Granadilla Swimwear, Pintuck, Soda Pop, Durbanville Hills Wine, Woodstock Gin Company and finally Sexy Groovy Love.

Post the formalities the celebrations literally took a new shape, and a massive party broke out deep in to the night.

What a day, what a night!

Last big thank you to all the participants and all the MAD2Runners who pulled together and made the day such a smooth and amazing success. A bucket of cash was raised, further awareness was spread and most importantly the MAD2Run family grew. What more could you ask for?

Until next time.

Yours in Bowling MADness

MAD2Run Team Cape Town.

One week to go!

270. That is the number of days it has been since receiving the call saying we had been chosen to join MAD2Run 2017. 270 days of anticipation, excitement, trepidation and uncertainty.

24 runners signed up to something with a vague understanding of what the end result was, a 1560km run from Johannesburg to Cape Town, but no real concept of the enormity of the task, the journey to the start line and how it was going to touch each and every one of us slightly differently. We all signed up for different reasons, some joined hoping that the run would motivate them to take running a little more seriously, some, already seasoned runners, joined looking for another running challenge to tick off the bucket list, some joined because the non-running part sounded like fun and they would suffer through the running while others joined because it was something different, a break from the ordinary, a distraction and a good cause. None of us are pure-bred philanthropists, few of us could be considered seasoned athletes by any means, we are your average group of young people, all driven by different things, who agreed to step out of our comfort zone and take on MAD2Run 2017.

24 soon became 36 as each team of two adopted a third to act as a backup when the legs and/or senses of humour gave up! The additional 12 were sourced far and wide, some were poached during a moment of weakness or lapses of judgement while others were desperate to be part of the team and jumped at the second recruiting round. Before we knew it, 36 of us had signed the dotted line and were ready for the adventure MAD2Run was about to take us on. (or so we thought!)

Let us be clear on one thing, the past 270 days have not been what any of us expected!

While each of us may have joined MAD2Run for different reasons and looking to get different things out of the event, very soon there was a fundamental mindset shift. Exactly when the objectives of the event changed for each of us is may have varied, but it was early and it was quick. No longer were we a group of individuals looking to achieve our own personal goals, almost immediately we were a team with one objective – Raise over R1 million for the Make a Difference Leadership Foundation. As was framed so succinctly, the run from Johannesburg to Cape Town over seven days, 24 hours a day with minimal sleep, countless hours of driving and wallowing in others sweaty body odour is, in fact, a celebration of all the real work that has gone in before. Ok, understandably not your average idea of a celebration…

But the idea remains and the goal is the same. If we, as individuals, wanted to run from Johannesburg to Cape Town, well then it was quite simple – strap on some takkies, put one foot in front of the other and bugger off and do it! Anyone can do it if they wanted and it certainly would be easier than the undertaking that is MAD2Run 2017.

It was startling how quickly we all found the inner philanthropist within us and have flourished at the chance to turn our initial personal ambitions into something so much more. We have changed from 36 individuals, to one team with one goal and unbridled commitment to that goal.

The difference that the Make a Difference Leadership Foundation creates in each and every beneficiary scholar’s lives and the associated lives of those surrounding the scholars is an outcome that we are purely privileged to be a part of. Obviously we, as runners, do not have the same abilities, expertise and experience as the incredible people at the MAD Foundation and so it is ours to make sure that we can give as many young leaders of tomorrow the phenomenal opportunity provided by the MAD foundation.

The title of this post is “One Week to go” which in itself is a little misleading. After the journey we have all already been on, the friends we have made, the adventures, challenges and fun we have had, I think it is safe to say that it is more appropriate to look back and reminisce while looking forward and saying “One week remains”

Can we cross that final hurdle in the last few days to drive our team to that hallowed R1million mark?