Pedal for a purpose

Members of the public are invited to take part in the annual St Bernard’s Hospice “Pedal for a purpose” Cycle Challenge, taking place from March 21 to 23, to raise funds for Hospice patients living with life-threatening illnesses such as motor neuron disease, TB, HIV-Aids and cancer Picture: SUPPLIED

IT’S time to pedal for a purpose again this year, as the annual St Bernard’s Hospice  “Pedal for a purpose” Cycle Challenge draws closer.

With the cycle challenge less than a month away, the closing date for entries to participate will close on March 11.

The 3 day fun event which starts from East London to Queenstown and back, will be taking place from March 21 to 23, to raise funds for Hospice patients living with life-threatening illnesses such as motor neuron disease, TB, HIV-Aids and cancer.

According CEO of St Bernard’s Hospice, Melissa Knox, all funds raised goes towards the care and support of patients in our Palliative Care Program.

“The end of life deserves as much beauty, care and respect as the beginning of life.

Whether it is family, friend or a colleague, we all know of someone who has suffered terribly from a debilitating illness. “

“Hospice is NOT only about end of life, some of our Cancer Patients are in remission,  TB Patients who have taken their medication as prescribed by the doctor are healed & and our HIV patients are able to manage their illness by taking their medication on a regular basis and living healthy lifestyles,” said Knox.

She said local corporates and the cyclists themselves have been absolutely amazing by helping to raise funds to meet their financial target of R150 000 for the 2018 Cycle Challenge.

“From the 22 cyclists who registered to take part in The Challenge in November 2017, we now have 11 remaining as some were unable to take part in March 2018,” added Knox.

She explained that the safety of the cyclists and motorists were of the utmost importance so Alderson Anderson will be escorting the group most of the way, plus an ambulance on standby as a backup.

For the first two days to Queenstown there is a lot of up-hills and it will be tough going.

Coming back on the 23rd might have more down hills, but it will be tough as it is much longer than what local cyclists are used to.

Members of the public can sponsor a cyclist as little as R1 per KM – or pledge an amount to St Bernard’s Hospice.

They can also donate as little as R50 a month to our Organization and become a Hospice Hero.

Companies or individuals looking to donate towards this worthy cause may contact Marchel Brown: 043 721 0051/ fundraising1@stbh.org.za.

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