Many of you will have heard about us. You might have seen us in one of your local newspapers, or you may have heard one of us being interviewed on the radio. Or you may have seen us sweating it out riding our bicycles down to Durban. But do you know who we really are?
It all started in 2005 when a group of fun-loving, yet concerned, dads got together and decided to try and make a difference to the lives of others, but at the same time, enjoying ourselves and working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Hence, the concept of the Dads´ Charity Challenge.
The idea was conceptualized in the only way possible – over a few beers on a Saturday morning. The plan was to ride our bikes from Johannesburg to Durban and raise money for charity – our first year target – R10 000! Not only did we sweat, pant and curse with every pedal stroke, but we also managed to raise R25 000 in aid of charity!
Since then, the group has raised just over R4.5 million in aid of our various charities. We were well aware that the global economic meltdown has been tightening up many a purse string, but we are adamant that we will achieve our objective of raising another R 500 000 for 2015.
Five days on a bike, cycling from Johannesburg to Durban? Downhill all the way? Right! But it is not just our efforts on the bike that help raise the funds. Over and above that, we have been actively involved in a number of other fund raising initiatives since the first Dads´ Ride, and we have hosted a number dinners with the legendary Phil Liggett to boost our fund raising efforts. We are planning loads more for 2016.
As far as our main event is concerned, our ride to Durban; we will leave Johannesburg on Wednesday the 14th of October 2015 and will arrive in Durban on Sunday the 18th of October 2015. This is the day of the Amashovashova.
Our request to you is that you become involved in our initiative in the form of sponsorship. There are already some fantastic sponsors on board, and they have gone a long way to making our dream the success that it deserves to be. You can either sponsor us as a group per kilometre cycled, or you can sponsor one of the individual riders, or you can become a major player in this initiative by sponsoring your logo on our cycling kit and support vehicles, and you can help make a difference to the lives of others.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.