GE Employee Runs the Ultimate Human Race

GE Employee Runs the Ultimate Human Race

December 05, 2010 at 10:12am
Jonty Nel, Senior Vice President – Marketing, GE Capital Aviation Services

What started out as a rigorous health plan is finishing off as a means to improve the lives of several children. A few months ago, Jonty Nel, Senior Vice President – Marketing, GE Capital Aviation Services, completed the ultimate human race – the Comrades Marathon. Jonty finished the 89 kilometre marathon in less than 11 hours, and raised US$9,000 for the orphans who find shelter at the Cornel Ngaleku Children Center, Tanzania.

The road runs between the South African cities of Pietermaritzburg & Durban. Jonty has completed a rigorous 12 month training and health plan to prepare for the physical demands of the race.

In 2006, the Cornel Ngaleku Children Center was founded to provide the best possible care and upbringing to orphans in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – those who are denied care due to parental deaths, abandonment, incapable parents or simply from abject poverty.

Today, the CNCC caters to 90 children, 35 of whom are babies and toddlers. The running cost is US$100,000 a year, and is continuously rising as the children grow. An additional demand to admit new orphans cannot be met on current resources.

The money that was donated by GE employees to the centre was doubled under the GE Foundation Matching Gifts initiative. More can be read about the GE Foundation here.

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