Joburg to Durbs 668km on bicycles!

 

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.

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Joburg To Durban

      
Joburg 1km

 

Standerton 150km

 

Newcastle 300km

 

Estcourt 400km

 

PMB 500km

 

Durban 668km

 


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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 info@dadscharity.co.za.


Where Do The Funds Go?

The Dads´ Charity Challenge is a registered non-profit organisation, and BEE Certified Level 4.

The monies raised will be divided primarily between our chosen charities – the Sunflower Fund, Choc, The Gauteng Down Syndrome Association (DSA), Employability, and the Fulton School for the Deaf Plus we have created our own various Bursary Schemes / Scholarships / Outreach programmes for needy children.

Plus we are involved in a number of other initiatives, such as supporting The Maloney´s Eye Rural Primary School, plus we also support St. Anne´s Home in KZN, which relies on donations for all its needs, and supports 45 young girls aged between 6 and 14, all who come from impoverished backgrounds.

We also support a number of school children with the full payment of their school fees in their primary school years. They are not even aware as to where the funds come from.

(Friends of the South African Bone Marrow Registry) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Cape Town which operates a national toll-free call centre to advise and recruit donors from all over South Africa. The Fund raises money to support the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

www.sunflowerfund.org.za

The Gauteng Down Syndrome Association, established in 1980, is run by parents of Down Syndrome children on a voluntary basis. The DSA explores ways of improving the lives of those with Down Syndrome and runs numerous outreach programmes for young families with Down Syndrome children.

www.downsyndrome.org.za

The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a country wide voluntary organisation bringing together the parents of children who suffer from all varieties of cancer or life threatening blood disorders.

www.choc.org.za

The Fulton School for the Deaf is one of the very few schools catering for children with hearing disabilities in the Province of Kwa Zulu-Natal. Due to the lack of funding and government curtailment, the school finds itself having to lean heavily on outside assistance.

www.thefultonschool.org

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 people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.

www.qhubeka.org/


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