Cyclists’charity challenge

2013-03-14 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG financial consultant Greg Perrett has challenged those with enough steel in their legs to join him on an 11-day cycle tour from Cape Town to the KwaZulu-Natal capital.

The epic journey is from May 18 to 28, covering an average of 160 kilometres daily, using dirt and back roads wherever possible and braving the elements for a good cause.

Said Perrett: “It’s for the Learner Enhancement and Advancement Programme (LEAP), part of Grace College’s outreach initiative.”

Having been on the board of the school and with a son in Grade 10 at Grace, Perrett feels strongly about the initiative and believes this is his way of giving back to the school, community and education.

“LEAP is designed to cater for the needy and disadvantaged students from the rural areas around Sweetwaters and Lions River.

“Its objective is to give students one year of intensive education in English, maths, science and computer literacy,” he said.

Perrett completed the journey on his own last year, in nine days.

“Been there, done that for a mighty cause.

“I raised R190 000 and have decided to make this an annual challenge, inviting fellow adventurers and cyclists to notch it on their list of personal achievements.

“In time, I want to hand the project to the school to run as one of its annual charity drives,” said Perrett.

For this year though, Perrett has extended the ride by two days and has space for 11 cyclists.

He aims to keep it small as it is easier to manage a small group, accommodation along the way is easier and no official escort is needed.

Cost for the expedition is R16 500 per cyclist. Of this, R10 000 is for LEAP, with the balance used for expenses.

People interested have until the end of today to join Perrett.

Details of the route are available at www.leapchallenge.co.za. Perrett can be reached at 082 559 7709.

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