A growing initiative since 2009

The Cableway Charity Challenge has been running since 2009 and is now in its 14th year.  The event, started by Anton & Brigitte de Waal to assist impoverished communities with educational assistance, has grown from strength to strength, becoming a unique Cape Town event not to be missed.

In 2017, the JDI Foundation jumped at the opportunity to be involved with running the event alongside the de Waals.  The event is solely run by volunteers who fall under the umbrella of the JDI initiative. You can be safe in the knowledge that whether you participate or sponsor, all your efforts are going towards a worthy cause.

Beginning as a 1-day race for athletes fit enough to do multiple laps in a day, the event has morphed into a 9-day event where a wonderful community of walkers, hikers, trail runners and day trippers participate – all with the aim of challenging themselves for a good cause.

The first year saw a field of 50 runners raise just over half a million rand.  In 2022 the field comprised of 135 participants who collectively completed 1,058 laps and raised just over R1 050 000 for our chosen beneficiaries.

Help us reach our 2023 target of R1 million by entering as a participant, a team or sharing our social media posts to boost our audience!

JDI Foundation

The event is run by JDI.  JDI is a Public Benefit Organisation and is registered as the JDI Foundation Trust. JDI was started in 1998 with the idea to create a simple structure that would enable young people to use their centres of influence to learn, understand and then make a difference in other people's lives in South Africa. We wanted to show our friends how easy it was to make a significant impact, to teach them about the problems, the issues and the solutions available.

The JDI ethos shies away from the idea of making nameless donations to organisations where you can’t see how your money is spent, or from encouraging dependency by giving cash to individuals who are sometimes unable to spend it properly. Instead members are encouraged to ‘See. Think. Do’.

Our nominated beneficiaries for 2023

  • Abalimi Bezekhaya (meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa) is a non-profit urban-farming organization, established in 1982, that supports individuals and groups from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town through providing facilitation and training on organic food production for nutrition, health, food security and income

  • Funda Kunye aims to promote the holistic development and education of vulnerable, young babies and children in the Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg areas of Hout Bay.   Our goal is to equip caregivers with the necessary Early Childhood Development

  • Mother City Kitchen (MCK) supports non-profit organisations in specific impoverished community groups throughout Cape Town, by donating mass produced nutritious soup and other meals. MCK produce large amounts of soup, at a low cost per unit due to

The Cableway Charity Challenge is kindly sponsored by:

  • Mobii Elite Timing