The Sports Trust registered its first charity batch at this year’s 94.7 Momentum Cycle Challenge and our cause was “Help us, Help them, Cycle to School”.
Our cyclists were tasked with raising funds for disadvantaged school children from the Western Cape who have to walk far distances to school each day. The proceeds thereof will enable The Sports Trust to purchase bicycles and help these children ride to school, develop a love for cycling and enhance their education through sport.
Currently there is a development cycling programme in the Western Cape whereby school children are given the opportunity to ride bicycles, learn about road safety, and ultimately participate in the Argus race annually. This programme has been running for 8 years and some of the learners who had performed well this year in March 2013, were invited to compete in the 2013 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge held in Johannesburg.
This was the first time that any of them had travelled outside of Cape Town on an aeroplane, and they loved the 94.7 cycle challenge as it gave them an opportunity to experience a new city in addition to a new race. Eben Dearling was the first development cyclist home, and in spite of having had 3 punctures along the way he still finished, as did all of the others. Well done!
We also enjoyed great support from Raleigh, who provided us with a Raleigh Revenio road bike valued at R7000 which was won by Mark Williams who was riding the event for the first time. Mark also joined our batch at the last minute and we thank him for his great spirit and support! Our thanks as well to the staff of Evolution for your support in the race, and for all of your staff entries.
Thank you to our sponsors, including Western Cape Government, Raleigh, Anita, Pentel, Bonitas, 32Gi, Future Life, ER 24 and MYO2. We are honoured to have you as part of our team & charity batch this year.
The logistics were handled by our team leader, Lyle Nesbitt from On the Ball Sports Management, and it was fantastic to have 40 cyclists participating for us this year. Mark Wolff, one of our sponsors and riders from 32Gi, won overall in a great time of 2h48!
Well done to everyone else who survived the race on such a hot day, and congrats on finishing the race, and for supporting our cause!
We wish to thank everyone for their time, effort and energy they invested into making this possible and it was lovely to make some new cycling friends. Thank you for taking up our cause of “Help us, Help them, Cycle to School”.
Until next time, keep riding, be safe & hope to see you again next year.
The third installment of the Continental Run2Stop endurance challenge was without doubt the one that made the most difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Make no mistake that with the grand prize being a trip for the winning team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Brazil, the challenges were nothing to be laughed at.
The five day event covered over 1200 kilometers and consisted of a blend of athletic discipline and talent with motoring skill, as two teams of seven members each traveled through five towns. Whilst in each town, celebrities such as Pierre Spies, Gcobani Bobo, Stanton Fredericks and Jimmy Tau participated in a wide range of goodwill activities ranging from installing kitchen cupboards at the Zodwa School for children with special needs, building jungle gyms in various creche’s and planting trees.
Adding to the CSI element was The Sports Trust. This non-profit organization enhances education through sport by providing sporting equipment, kit and building facilities for previously disadvantaged South Africans.
“Our aim is to ensure that the people of this country have access and the opportunity to participate in sport, in particular focusing on disadvantaged schools. Now in our third year partnering with Continental, we once again enjoy their support of our efforts and congratulate Team Edge for taking the podium!” says Carol Crawford, Marketing Manager for The Sports Trust.
With the professional cyclists required to cover over 120km per day and the runners over 20km per day, the charity work was only the heart of the race. Slugging it out on the South African roads throughout Atteridgeville, Potchefstroom, Phokeng, Cullinan, and Saulsville, the cyclists and runners put the Continental tyre tread to the test.
With the teams neck and neck right up until the last day, when Team Edge pipped Pierre Spies’ team of Team Force to the finish line.
Gishma Johnson, Corporate Communications Manager of Continental South Africa elaborates on the success of the event;
“This event has a perfect mix of everything. We’ve done some genuine goodwill having packed over 18 000 meals in Royal Bafokeng on Wednesday. Our athlete’s have explored parts beautiful parts of our country that they didn’t even know existed. Our tyre’s have stood firm throughout as have both teams and their support staff. It is my wish to imagine every corporate to touch as many lives as we have in only five days, whilst testing their product to the ultimate endurance race.”
About the Continental Run2Stop challenge:
Started in 2011, the Continental Run2Stop aims to provide athletes a platform to push their limits as the ultimate endurance race in South Africa. Focus is placed on performance, agility and overall endurance, with the race being crafted in such a way as to pull out the best from the teams competing. Each team will cover three disciplines: driving, running and cycling, with teams consisting of two well-known personalities, two professional and two amateur athletes as well as a guest blogger.
The drivers on each team will be required to complete a series of challenging community tasks along the route, they will be judged on their ability to complete the task and the kilometers set out for them each day. The 2013 Continental Run2Stop challenge is a combination of skill, heart and passion helping to change the lives of everyone involved or impacted by the race.
The Sports Trust was one of the official CSI beneficiaries of this year’s Bonitas City to City Marathon, which took place on 29th September 2013.
Nine times winner of the Comrades marathon and Sports Trust ambassador Bruce Fordyce, competed in the Bonitas City2City marathon and accepted the donation from Bonitas Marketing and Trophy Sport Management on behalf of The Sports Trust.
This year’s funds will be managed by The Sports Trust focus on school sport based on the principle that a child playing sport is a child out of court. Also aimed building healthy minds and bodies, the funds will be specifically allocated to cycling, road running and soccer. This will assist in the development of school cyclists in the Cape Flats and Boland areas and give the children an opportunity to learn road skills while providing a means of transport to and from school. By supplying running kit and running shoes to the schools that participate in the AIMS Youth Race (which is endorsed by Comrades Marathon Association) the Trust will be supporting the youth in road running. Similarly by supplying soccer kit and training kit for disadvantaged schools in the Free State, the Trust will be supporting the development of soccer in the region.
For further information please contact Carol Crawford, Marketing and Communications Director at The Sports Trust on email@example.com
The Sports Trust has joined the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge Ride for a Purpose Campaign and registered a Charity Bond .We are raising funds to help rural school children own a bike, so that they can ride to school, instead of having to walk long distances of 5km or more each day. Help us , help them cycle to school .
Are your riding in this year’s Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge? If so, why not Ride for a Purpose in The Sports Trust Charity Batch? Click here to create your Activist Profile on GivenGain.
Please note: In order to ride in our Charity Batch, you first need to register with the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on www.cyclechallenge.co.za.
What are the costs involved?
An entry into the Cycle Challenge is R 320.00 per cyclist.
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