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Support Brad Brown running the Comrades

Brad Brown, who I follow on Twitter, is also a DJ on Highveld Stereo up in Jozi is running the comrades this year. For those of you who follow Brad on Twitter, will know, that almost a year ago, Brad was hugely overweight, and decided to take up walking &  running. To say the weight has literally fallen off would be an understatement, and Brad is now running ultra marathons, as well as entering the Comrades this year. That is hugely inspirational, and kudos to Brad for changing his life. I need to follow suite !!

Here is Brad’s story about his running of the Comrades this year. He is running for a charity called Pinkdrive, which is aims to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Good luck Brad, we will be behind you every step of the way on the 30th of May.

Hi There,

My name is Brad Brown, I’m one of the DJ’s on 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Johannesburg and I need your help. I am running this year’s Comrades Marathon on the 30th of May as part of the Comrades Marathon Associations celebrity challenge. I decided to take up the challenge last June and have chosen the charity I’d like to support as the Pink Drive. They do great work in the field of breast cancer prevention and awareness. You may or may not know the reasons why I am running, my mom is losing the battle to breast cancer as I write this and I wanted to do something to make a difference to people fighting this horrible disease and also for the families of those who have lost a loved one to it. Breast cancer does not have to be terminal and if it is picked up early it is in most cases curable. If you would like to find out more about what they do please have a look at their website

Running Comrades as part of the Comrades Marathon Associations celebrity challenge provides a great platform to raise money for the Pink Drive. We have set up an sms line that if you sms the word ‘run’ to 42220 you will donate R30 to the Pink Drive. The other fundraising initiative we are running is the 89 Memories – One Race initiative. The Comrades Marathon is 89km and run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and this year I will be running each kilometre for someone that is either fighting the battle against breast cancer or in memory of someone who has lost the battle to breast cancer.

That is where I really need help. I need 89 individuals, families or businesses to sponsor each one of those kilometres. Maybe a colleague is battling with breast cancer and you want to pass a hat around the office and sponsor a kilometre then I’ll run it for them. Maybe you’ve lost your wife, mother, daughter or niece to breast cancer; I would love to run a kilometre in their memory. I would obviously like to raise as much money as I can (I know I’m greedy but it is for a great cause) so I need to put a minimum amount on the sponsorship for a kilometre. I have decided to make it R100 but if you can afford to donate more it would be highly appreciated. Ideally I’d like to try and raise at least R89 000 from this part of the initiative – That is R1 000 per kilometre. So if you can donate that please do and if you can do more we would obviously be massively grateful. I am running in Toyota’s colours this year and in return they have agreed to double whatever I raise. If you would like to sponsor a kilometre please send an email to [email protected] I will also include your loved ones story and memory on my blog and a picture of them too. If you would like to sponsor a kilometre or just to make a donation to our 89 Memories initiative the Pink Drive Bank details are as follows:

Bank: Nedbank
Account Name: PinkDrive (Comrades)
Account Number: 1825 011 109
Branch Code: 182505
Branch Name: Clearwater Mall
Reference to use: 89 Memories & Your Name

What I am also challenging you to do is make a list of 89 memories of the person you know. Whether they are fighting the disease and are going to beat it, if they, Iike my mom, are terminally ill or if they have lost the battle and passed away. It’s really tough to do. I know this because I’m putting together this list together for my mom. It’s a very emotional process and in the build up to comrades keep checking back here or subscribe to my rss feed to see the memories I will always treasure of my mom. Even though she is still with us, I want her to know what I will always remember about her. Also if you would like to is send those 89 memories to me, I would love to post them on

It is going to be a very emotional day and I want you to be a part of it. I will be tweeting ( my progress as well as updating my Facebook profile ( the road. Even just by passing this message onto family, friends and colleagues you’ll be helping me get this message to as many people as possible.

Thanks for your support, I really appreciate every little bit of it.

Brad Brown
94.7 Highveld Stereo – On Air Presenter

2 replies on “Support Brad Brown running the Comrades”

I am sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad to cancer about 5 years ago. I am also a runner and have done about 600 races. The last 2 years I have gotten lazy but after hearing why u are running I have startede training so thanks for that. I hope u have a great rave and maybe one day we can run a race together. Good luck and good running

Brad you are an inspiration to many thousands of South Africans.
I wish you the every best for your run and I know many of us will be with you in spirit.
I lost my mom after a long battle with breast cancer on the 31/10/2009 to breast cancer.

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