Charity bike ride ends after 12 days and 2 100 km

2011-08-13 00:00

HE could have been the next great thing in rugby, but at only eight his life was tragically snatched away when an alleged drunken driver turned lethal.

Connor Bell and his mother, Gillian (33), were killed on Athlone Bridge, Durban, in February along with dance instructor Carmen Hunter (19), when lawyer Koobashen Naicker allegedly drove into their oncoming lane.

In honour of his son who was an ardent Sharks and Springboks fan, Jason Bell has set up a fund to train rugby coaches in underprivileged areas.

Touched by his commitment, Philip Adamson, general manager of the Three Cities Royal Hotel, challenged the hotel staff, Connor’s family and South African Rugby Legends to cycle from Cape Town to Durban. The ride has been christened the Coast2Coast Charity Cycle.

The Coast2Coast began at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on August 2 and stopped off at rugby stadiums in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein before finishing at King’s Park Stadium in Durban today, the morning of the South African and Australian Tri-Nations match.

Eleven participants, including some of Connor’s family and friends, some Royal Hotel staff members and SA Rugby veterans, cycled the 2 100 km journey in an effort to raise R1 million for the trust. Three Cities CEO Mike Lambert will be joining the cycling group this morning for the last leg of the trip from Pietermartizburg to Durban.

“Our aim is to raise R1 million for the Connor Bell Sports Trust, while creating awareness of the dangers of drunk driving,” said Adamson.

You can donate via electronic funds transfer (EFT) to the account detailed below:

Account: The Connor Bell Sports Trust

Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Account number: 330 695 827

Branch: Musgrave Road

Branch code: 042626

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