The 97-year-old event is pencilled for June 10 in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Chigwedere will be looking to raise at least $12 000 and donate $2 000 to each of the identified projects depending on how much will be raised during the fundraising venture.
“My debut Comrades Marathon 2018 will be the greatest challenge ever and as I join the 21 000-plus other runners, the ultimate race will be before me, I will attempt what I have never attempted before. A chance to change someone’s life as well as I attempt to raise funds for the identified projects carefully chosen for this challenge,” Chigwedere wrote on his facebook page three weeks ago.
The Sports Hub caught up with the former Zimbabwe hockey boss as he clarified on the benevolent undertaking.
“I am raising funds for the construction of the proposed artificial hockey ground in Banket. The estimated $300 000 state-of-the-art facility should be complete within the next 10 years. I am also aiming to raise funds and materials for charitable organisations such as New Start Children’s Home in Harare, Mumvuri Project, a private voluntary organisation looking after orphans in Banket, and Centre for Total Transformation, another organisation that looks after orphans in and around the Spitzkop area of Zvimba district.
“I also want to assist in the rebuilding of a girls’ hostel at Banket Primary School, which was destroyed by fire and lastly buy linen for patients at Mahusekwa District Hospital,” he said.
“The financial value I wish to donate to each project is $2 000. As I run the full 90,184km at the Comrdaes Marathon, I am asking corporates and individuals to show their support in my efforts to assist these projects by sponsoring me per kilometre completed on the day,” pleaded Chigwedere.
Chigwedere was the Haz president between 2015 and 2016
He is the founder of Banket-based Roots Hockey Club, which was established in 2013 as a way of introducing hockey to less privileged young hockey players.