Supporting Education In South Africa: 1 Kilometer At A Time

Community in Action founder Carla Annas will participate in her second (self-organized) Ironman 70.3 distance triathlon on Saturday, November 27, 2022. She aims to raise R500,000 by race day at Pringle Bay Route. All proceeds will cover a full seven-year primary tuition fee at the Stellenbosch Waldorf School.  

Read more about Stellenbosch Waldorf School 

Who is Carla Annas Ironman 70.3 Triathlete

Carla grew up in Stellenbosch and works as a Chief Stewardess on a 65m motor yacht overseas. She completed her first Ironman 70.3 distance race in June this year. An entire course was mapped out to ensure all official rules were followed. Her family and friends helped organize the sporting event.

Carla Annas

It was a tough race, battling strong wind and waves all day, but the support of those waiting to cheer me on around almost every corner was overwhelming. I felt honored and privileged.

The experience inspired her to set up the Community in Action (CIA) Scholarship to support education in South Africa through sports.

 “Already during my first solo race, I decided that I wanted to do more. The mere satisfaction of completing the race was not enough. I wanted my races to mean something, so I decided to start the CIA movement and create the CIA scholarship.’’

The triathlete works with her coach and trains six days a week. They have six days of training consisting of swimming, cycling, running, and strength training. On four of the six days, she has double sessions and the other two days have one long session built-in.

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For her upcoming race on November 27, Carla shares her excitement that South Africa’s current top-rated full Ironman triathlete Bradley Weiss will also be participating in a section of the race to show support for the cause.

Bradley Weiss is the 2017 and 2019 XTERRA World Champion.  A full Ironman race is made up of a 3.9km swim, a 180 km cycle, and a 42,3km run. Weiss crossed the finish line 17th at the Kona, Hawaii in the World Champs earlier in the month. He was the first South African to cross over the line.

How Can You Help

You can help Carla raise  R500,000 for the Community in Action (CIA) Scholarship Fund to give one child a full primary school education using this link: 

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You can track Carla’s training by following her Instagram page, @carla.annas.

Read Carla Ironman 70.3 background story on her blog, Carla Annas: Triathlete

Before You Go

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and has inspired you to make a donation to the CIA Scholarship. My family and I have donated, will you do the same?

I would love to hear your thoughts, please share your comments below. We can discuss more on the quality (or lack) of education in South Africa.

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PS: There are many benefits that come with donating to a fundraiser. For one, you’ll be able to see how your money is being used and what impact it is having.

This is a great way to ensure that your donation is going to a good cause. Education is one of the most important things a child can have, so by contributing to this fundraiser, you’ll be playing a role in helping to shape a better future.

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