Durban - This year's Comrades Marathon which will see thousands of runner embark on up-run from Durban to Pietermartizburg will see a new green initiative by the organisers who plan minimise waste at the medical tents by recycling used intravenous (IV) drips into shoes.
According to the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) this is a first for the Comrades medical tent and will be done in partnership with Netcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care.
All used IV drip bags will be collected in Adcock Ingram branded containers in the Comrades Medical facility, instead of being discarded with the rest of the medical waste, as was the case previously.
Adcock Ingram Critical Care and Netcare’s joint project is about recycling used PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) non-contaminated and non-hazardous Intravenous Fluid Bags into school shoes which are donated to children who arein need.
The partnership culminated in the creation of a non-profit company called ‘My Walk’ that will give effect to this vision. This project is more than just providing underprivileged children with school shoes, it is about giving a child an opportunity to feel proud to walk in them, and to increase their school attendance especially during the cold winter months.