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DJ Run

DJ Run is our annual running event. It is part of our campaign to create awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

Since its inception, DJ Run participants have collectively contributed 907 hours of their time and covered a total of 7226km for this cause. In addition, R10 953.62 has been raised for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

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Video of co-founders Daniel van der Merwe and Gareth Kropman talking about where DJ Run started.

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What is DJ Run

DJ Run is an annual event that is hosted by Watch Me Rise. The aim is to spread awareness of the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

The core of DJ Run is fitness because with a healthy body comes a healthy mind.

All exercises are included.  Anything that will help get the endorphins up and the brain into a positive state. Endorphins are fantastic to get you into a positive mindset – and a positive mindset means everything in life.

In 2020, we took DJ Run online by hosting our first virtual event during the pandemic. We have kept the event virtual as this allows anyone around the world to participate and has increased our global reach. 

Join us, join the cause, and join the fight to raise mental health awareness. Let’s prevent suicide together.

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How did DJ Run start?

DJ Run started officially in 2018 as a mental health awareness campaign to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

It was initially started by Braden Murphy and Ryan Theron in 2017. They chose to run the distance their friend would have been on his birthday had he not passed. He would’ve been 28 and so they thought: “Let’s go and do a 28-kilometer run”… and they did it!

“I thought it was beautiful and an absolutely amazing idea. I really enjoyed the concept and asked in 2018: “Are you guys happy for me to try and run with this?”. Bearing in mind, my brother was not an energizer bunny, at all! I could just imagine him sitting up there having a beer and looking at us and going, “What are you guys doing?!” But you know what? 2018 came around, we put the message out there and we had quite a few followers coming and joining us.” – Gareth Kropman, co-founder of Watch Me Rise.

And year on year it’s grown. It’s been amazing to see how people get together, not just to run, but also to help out. It’s really, really amazing to see it come together.

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Reach out

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to one of the many free resources available.

24-hour toll-free emergency helplines

Suicide crisis helpline: 0800 567 567

CIPLA mental health helpline: 0800 456 789 / SMS 32312

Substance abuse helpline: 0800 12 12 14

More helplines are available at

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A look back

Previous years

Here you can find an archive of previous DJ Run participation and statistics pages.