One of my favourite events is taking place in Cape Town this weekend. The Cape Argus Pick’nPay Cycle Tour, the largest timed cycle race in the world. This event not only brings in money to our local economy, the charity side makes a huge difference in the community.
This year I will be taking part with my colleague from KFM, Ryan O’Connor. We are both cycling for The Inner Strength Trust that provides financial support to patients who are injured and require the rehabilitation facilities of Vincent Pallotti Life Centre, but who do not have the financial means to afford it. The trust was started in September 2013 by Ronell Adelhelm, who had and is still having an ongoing experience with injury, pain and rehabilitation.
This is one of many other charities that have a number of cyclists riding for them. If you haven’t decided on a charity to ride for or would like to make a contribution, here are a few of the other charities:
• i Hopes -Dedicated to helping Deaf and hard-of-hearing children grow and learn in a world they cannot hear.
• Qhubeka – helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance a person can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
• Kheth’Impilo – AIDS Free Living is a national Public Benefit Organisation with section 18A exemption status.
• Operation Smile South Africa –this organisation mobilises a world of generous hearts to fix children’s cleft palates and thus heal smiles and transform lives across the globe.
• Cape Of Good Hope SPCA – help thus organisation to speak on behalf of, protect and care for animals.
• Jo’s School – A charitable preschool situated in the heart of Vrygrond township, Jo’s School provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for 50 Aids-affected and vulnerable 3- to 6-year-olds.
• Margaret’s House Child and Youth Care Centre in Lansdowne – They care for orphans, street children and kids that have been abused or neglected. Six of the Margaret’s House boys are taking part in the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
• Chic Mamas Do Care sell excellent, gently worn, no longer wanted clothing through four charity outlets situated in Bergvliet, Hout Bay, Sea Point and Greyton.
These are just a few of the many charities who are beneficiating from this year’s Cycle tour. Find a list of all the charities online at www.cycletour.co.za.
I will also be tweeting at the various water points, so follow me @liezelv to keep up with my progress on race day
To everyone supporting, volunteering or taking part in the Cycle Tour, best of luck. See you on route