Cyclists ride for arthritis, cancer

2010-07-01 00:00

AFTER witnessing the pain and suffering that his mother went through when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years ago, Dietege Lutge has been riding through rain and snow to raise awareness and funds for children with arthritis and cancer.

Lutge and his team of cyclists, with the help of friends and family, are raising funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation and for cancer patients.

The tour is called Home2Home and it is a 20-day journey of 1 780 km that will take a group of cyclists from Lievland wine farm in the Western Cape to Harburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

“It took us 13 days to reach the Free State; right now we are at Howick and we will be passing through Pietermaritzburg today. Our aim is to educate and raise awareness and, at the same time, raise funds for arthritis and cancer sufferers,” Lutge said.

“The funds raised will mainly go to children with arthritis, to arthritis research and to people with cancer.”

When the team passed through Bloemfontein, they stopped at a Red Cross hospital where they delivered donated clothes to the many children there with arthritis.

He said people have been very generous with their donations, phone calls and SMSes.

And in some areas along the route, people have been inviting them for lunch, lining the streets with pink balloons for cancer and cheering them on with vuvuzelas.

“All in all, there will be many sick people who will benefit from the funds and many lives are being touched as we ride through small towns and chat to people with cancer or arthritis,” said Lugte.

“I did not know a great deal about arthritis until I saw how it crippled my mother. So many of us go through life taking our health for granted.”

He said it took his mother’s ailment to open his eyes about how precious a person’s health can be.

If you want to sponsor Home2Home or help in some way, you can contact Lugte at 084 084 6346.

Acc: Home2Home

FNB

Acc no. 62258335704

Branch: Somerset Mall, code 20-09-12

Websitel: www.home2home.co.za

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