Cycling for a cause

Steep fundraising hill for Grandads Army to climb

EARLY next month, Grandads Army will once again cycle from East London to Stellenbosch to raise much-needed funds for the Eyabantwana Trust in the Rob Burton Memorial Ride.

MARCHING ON: The Grandads Army are again preparing to tackle the gruelling 1160km cycle from East London to the Cape, all in aid of charity Picture: MIE ELSEN

The Grandads Army of eight social cyclists decided to tackle the gruelling 1160km ride through the Karoo to remember their friend Rob Burton who was tragically killed on a training ride in 2013. The group has grown to 13 riders this year.

In its third year, the members of the East London and Cape Town cycling community forming Grandads Army, is hoping to raise more than R250000. The last two years they have managed to raise R500000.

“We have a steep fundraising hill to climb, but we are confident East Londoners and many along the way who were so supportive last year, will rally behind this great cause,” the ride’s organiser and one of the original members of Grandads Army, Dr Colin Lazarus, said.

Grandads Army will follow a stamina-sapping four-day route to Stellenbosch via Middelburg, Willowmore and Swellendam.

WEATHERING THE ELEMENTS: During last year’s Rob Burton Memorial Ride for the Eyabantwana Trust, the Grandads Army had to cycle through all different weather conditions, some not so pleasant, but kept smiling knowing they are doing it for charity Picture: SUPPLIED

The journey will commence on Sunday October 8 and compromises three teams – the Army, Navy and the Air Force – and they will take the 1160km ride in a form of a relay.

“This year, the funds raised will be utilised for meeting pressing needs of paediatric surgical patients at Frere and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals,” said Lazarus.

He encouraged anyone who would like to join them in this fundraising event.

The Grandads Army are thankful for the support they have received from the public in terms of funding for the journey, donations for the Eyabantwana Trust and motivation to keep the momentum going.

To ensure all fundraising proceeds go fully and directly to the organisation, riders and support teams cover all their own costs.

To find out more about the Eyabantwana for the Children’s Trust, visit www.eyabantwana.co.za.

Also visit Facebook and Instagram for more on the third Rob Burton Memorial Ride.

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