Suitman does it one step at a time for charity

Mark Ward

James McCallum was one of thousands of participants in the 55th running of the Peninsula Marathon on Sunday. Unlike most runners taking part in Sunday’s big race, McCallum looked a little different to the other runners. And, with good reason too.

Man on a mission… James McCallum on his way to Simon’s Town during Sunday’s Peninsula Marathon. Picture: Mark Ward

There was a reason for McCallum completing the half marathon dressed in a business suit – he was doing it for the charity Jumping Kids he explained. He completed the 21.km race from Bergvliet to Simon’s Town in 29th place in a time of 1h.23:23.

“I’m a professional triathlete and ran to raise awareness for our charity. The idea to run in a suit was because I wanted to bring to the public’s attention that any regular person can make a difference by assisting charities,” he said.

Jumping Kids is a non-profit company which supplies and maintains quality prosthetic equipment for children living with lower limb amputation or limb-related disability across South Africa and the continent.

“Our mandate is to provide beneficiaries of school-going age, with the tools required to become successful contributing members of society,” explained McCallum.

If you would like to assist, call Liezel van Rensburg on 082 550 9294 or email liezel@jumpingkids.org.za