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Chaeli Foundation USA

The Chaeli Foundation USA was established in June 2017 through the collaboration of like-minded community and business leaders. They were united by a common goal: To grow more inclusive and empowered communities through the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

This social justice foundation has its roots in adaptive sports and in advocating for the inclusion of adaptive athletes. The idea for the US foundation began when South African Chaeli Mycroft met American Jean Altomari at the oldest ultramarathon in the world – the Comrades Marathon – held annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.

The meeting of these two kindred spirits, and their participation in this grueling sporting event of 55 miles, inspired the creation of the Chaeli Foundation USA with The Chaeli Campaign in South Africa as the springboard and global outreach partner.

Chaeli Campaign South Africa

The Chaeli Campaign is a social justice foundation founded in 2004 by 9-year old Chaeli Mycroft, her sister Erin and lifelong friends, the Terry sisters (Tarryn, Justine and Chelsea) – all of them between the ages of 6 and 12 at the time.

Today The Chaeli Campaign is acknowledged as a leading light in the disability sector, with its Inclusive Early Childhood Development Program receiving international recognition as a best practice model. For more information: www.chaelicampaign.org


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