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. We are the DADS Charity.
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 in excess of R5 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 to continue meeting our objective of raising an annual sum of R400,000.
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 fundraising initiatives since the first Dads´ Ride, and we have hosted several dinners with the legendary Phil Liggett to boost our fundraising efforts, and other fun evenings like Quiz Nights and Comedy Nights and Golf Days.
As far as our ride to Durban in October is concerned, we leave Johannesburg on the Wednesday leading up to the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Cycle Classic and arrive in Durban on the Sunday by taking part in the Amashova Durban Cycle Classic as out fifth and final day of our cycle tour.
In 2018 we relaunched our brand to DADS to embrace the support and participation of both moms and dads and others in general in our fundraising efforts. So to keep a sense of our origins, we kept the name "dads" but changed it to an acronym. DADS stands for Dedicated Ambassadors Delivering Support ... to children in need.
Our request to you is that you become involved in our initiative by either riding the tour and raising donations or in the form of sponsorship of either a rider or the cycle tour. We have had some fantastic sponsors on board in the past, and they have gone a long way to making our dream the success that it deserves to be.
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2020 would have been our 16th Cycle Tour but with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is uncertain at this stage whether we will be able to hold the tour in October. However, that does not stop us from trying to continue finding ways of raising the much-needed funds and support for our benefactors. The first event we have launched is a Virtual Tour 01 May 2020 to 14 May 2020, in which entrants will try their best in accumulating the 680km on their stationary bikes within the 14day period and submitting their results. For more information on this and to enter, click here.