The Umckaloabo foundation charity run

Running for a good cause

In cooperation with our partners from Nangu Thina e.V. and Sinothando e.V., under the patronage of the Umckaloabo foundation, single runners and teams will participate in different running events over the whole year, running for building up a secondary school in Whittelsea/South Africa. And we need you to join and support us!

Donate in terms of „donation-per-kilometer“ for the runners of the team Umckaloabo. The pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe will double every Euro donated to the foundation up to a total amount of €50,000, in favour of underprivileged children and teenagers in South Africa. You may choose which runner you would like to support and which amount you would like to donate per kilometre for that runner. The entire income will go towards the development of the Ekuphumleni secondary school in Whittelsea/South Africa. You will find a list of the runners in the donation form.

Run with us for the good cause!
You may also get active yourself and dedicate your run by joining us at this year’s Marathon on 22.09.2019 in Karlsruhe or on 13.10.2019 in Cologne (or running any other event) to the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo foundation. Just send us a short e-mail and we will add you to the team of runners.

The Africa Run 2019

Run with us for a good cause! This year we will support the expansion of secondary school in Whittelsea near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape / South Africa province.

We want to help the school in Whittelsea to improve the learning conditions of the students, so that more children in this very poor, rural region can learn there. The proceeds of our campaign will go into the project 200%, because every incoming donation - up to a maximum of 50,000 € - is matched by the company Dr. Willmar Schwabe.

The Whittelsea Secondary School was founded in 1987 under the terms of the apartheid government. Even after the end of apartheid in 1994, little changed in the rural and disadvantaged region. For many years the school achieved only mediocre academic results. In 2006, Liziwe Ngalo started as headmaster at the school. The dedicated educator gradually changed the culture at the school so that first the teachers and then the students internalized and lived another learning and working ethic. Meanwhile, the school has earned an excellent reputation and achieved above-average degrees.

More than 85% of the students pass the final examinations and gain better future perspectives while the rest of the province achieves only around 60% pass rate. These good results are achieved despite the most difficult learning and living conditions with a lot of discipline and great personal commitment - also with additional lessons in the afternoon, on weekends and during the holidays. The school was originally designed for about 800 students. There are now more than 1,400 students enrolled so that the classrooms are overcrowded and teachers often have to improvise. Since the school receives very little state subsidies and the poorer students often cannot pay the school fees, the necessary extensions could not be funded so far.

In addition to new classrooms, new sanitary and sports facilities are to be built. Also missing are books, science materials, computers and sports equipment. Further information can be found on the project page:

Sibusiso Vilane,

Climber and adventurer is our team leader across the continents who will run the full distance at the Soweto Marathon.

Sibusiso is the first black African to climb Mount Everest (2003 and 2005) and the Seven Summits and reach the North and South Poles. He is thus a role model for many people and has joined us as the former Chief Scout of South Africa since 2013. Together with him, we want to work for a better future for children in South Africa. In 2015, he led us personally through the Cologne Marathon.

Join us, support the runners and help the underprivileged children in africa.
Or participate by running for a good cause. We are looking forward to any kind of support!

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Das Team


Sibusiso Vilane

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Olaf Schwabe

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Uwe Bothur

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Frank Unland

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Rainer Skrotzki

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Mqondisi Mdunge

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Johannes Rath

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Michael König

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Marlene Deck

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Louisa Feiter

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Stefan Bolz

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Sung Hoon Rlee

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Madiba, as he is respectfully called, is like no other man and statesman for peace and reconciliation. Despite 27 years of imprisonment, he shook hands with the hitherto ruling white minority and ensured the return of South Africa to the world community. In his spirit we want to work for better educational opportunities and give the youth of his home province Eastern Cape better educational opportunities. An important leitmotiv of his time as President of South Africa is:

Education is the most powerful weapon that u can use to change the world.

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Of course there is also the possibility to donate directly for our projects supporting underpriviliged children in africa. This donation will also be doubled by the company Dr. Willmar Schwabe up to a total amount of €50,000!
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That was the Africa Run 2018

Nearly 80 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners raised over 70,000 euros in donations in 2018 as part of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation worldwide and at our joint run in Karlsruhe. The first € 50,000 was matched by the Schwabe company, making a total of € 120,000 available. This has exceeded our expectations again! With the proceeds in 2018, the secondary school in Phoenix near Durban / South Africa can be expanded and renovated. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, supporters before and at the run as well as the Schwabe groups of companies. It was a great event with a great result. We look forward to the Africa Run 2019!

Siabonga Kakhulu!

Africa Run 2017

What a RUN! The incredible amount of 63,000 euros in donations have been raised by almost 50 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners as part of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation 2017 worldwide (USA, South Africa, Switzerland and Germany) as well as at our joint run in Cologne. This amount was matched with 37,000 euros by the Schwabe group of companies, so that € 100,000 are made available. Again our expectations were exceeded. The proceeds will be used to sponsor the secondary school of the Franciscan Sister Loice Kashangura in a Lusaka township. A big thank you to all runners, the many donors of small and large amount, helpers before and during the run as well as the Schwabe Group. It was a great event with a great result.

Siabonga Kakhulu!

Africa Run 2016

What a great team! Incredible 33.000 Euro of donations have been „run“ by more than 30 Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay runners at the Karlsruhe Marathon and many other running events in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. This sum has been doubled by the pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe. So in total 66.000 € were available to develop a secondary school together with Father John in Nthalire/Malawi. That has by far exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers, supporters and the pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe. It has been a great event and a great success.

Siabonga Kakhulu!

Africa Run 2015

The 20 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners in the context of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation and the Nangu Thina e.V. 2015 at our joint run in Cologne have experienced an extraordinary donation of 17,000 €. Under the leadership of the Chief Scout of South Africa Sibusiso Vilane we went in the best weather at the start. This amount of 15.000 € was doubled by the Schwabe Group, so that a total of 30,000 € is available. An enormous amount that we did not expect. The proceeds will be used to fund Scouts South Africa. Nationwide, 100 projects of early childhood education are being implemented by scout groups and the necessary materials will be financed through these funds. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, helpers before and during the run as well as the Schwabe Group. It was an amazing experience.


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You have further questions about the donation run, our projects, or how you can participate and support?
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