Next weekend, the world’s largest timed cycle race – the Cape Town Cycle Tour – will take place. Thousands of cyclists (35 000 to be specific) will line up to ride the 109km route. Some of these riders have chosen to use the event to fundraise for causes close to their heart, and Qhubeka is grateful for those who are riding on our behalf. Here’s a bit more about them:
Well done to the following activists who have already overshot their fundraising targets:
“I am NOT a cyclist! But I’m giving it a bash and riding the 109 Kilometer (68 miles) Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 12th March for a good cause,” says Jess, who has raised R3 850 (R1 000 more than she was aiming for).
Josh is from Haenertsburg in Limpopo and is a keen cyclist, surfer and hiker. He’s riding to raise funds for Qhubeka bicycles “to provide people with a faster, more efficient, and more fun mode of transport” and has raised R3 450 (he was aiming for R3 000).
Juliet is Group BU HR Business Partner at Dimension Data and has raised R6 000 (she was aiming for R5 700). She has that her vision, and Dimension Data’s, is “a world where mobility is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare or economic opportunity”. She believes that bicycles can help create that world.
Fundraising projects to consider supporting
Marc Anley and Herman Botes
Marc, a Partner at Deloitte, and Herman, Executive Compliance Officer at Old Mutual Life Assurance, will ride the 2017 CPT Cycle Tour on 23 kg, 1-speed Qhubeka Bicycles. Their goal is to raise R100 000 to purchase and distribute 35 Qhubeka bikes. To raise funds, they are running a competition. People who sponsor them with a R200 donation and take a stab at predicting their finishing time in the race have a chance to win a signed Team Dimension Data cycle jersey. To enter and support them, make your donation here (you can enter as many times as you like).
Malvin is passionate about cycling. Having cycled 15km to college and 15km back for five years, he is also passionate about providing bicycles to schoolchildren to help them commute to school more quickly and easily, which is why he’s riding for Qhubeka. He hopes to fund at least one bicycle. Support his fundraising project here.
Brandon Janse van Vuuren
Brandon, who works for Deloitte Consulting, explains that although the Cape Town Cycle Challenge is a tough challenge, it is not as tough as the struggle for education and economic opportunities facing the 11 million South African children who walk to school every day. That’s why he’s aiming to raise R10 000 to fund Qhubeka bicycles. He’s already past the halfway mark. To support his project, donate here. “Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means ‘to carry on’ or ‘to move forward’ and I am inspired to keep moving to change lives one bicycle at a time,” he says.
Lincoln is Head of Finance at Rand Merchant Bank and has made a generous donation of R10 000 to fund Qhubeka bicycles through his Cape Town Cycle Tour ride because he believes bicycles empower people. His donation will fund three new bicycles for people in Qhubeka programmes who have worked to earn them, and will impact 15 people’s lives. Support his project here.
Jens is from Pretoria and is hoping to raise R5 000 for Qhubeka. “Many kids and adults have to every day walk long distances to their schools or work places, which takes a lot of time out of their day. Riding a bicycle can reduce the travel time by up to 70% giving these people more time to study or work and not wasting time walking to your place every day,” he explains. “On top of this riding a bicycle is a great form of exercise and therefore keeps you fit and healthy. When I was a child I often cycled to school and really enjoyed this as it clears your mind before studying and again on your way home. Even today I ride my bicycle at least two to three times a week because it makes me feel great. For this reason I would like to assist in contributing to other less privileged to have the same opportunity I had and still have today.” Help him reach his target here.