Over R15?000 in bids sees Dusi charities off to a good start

2009-12-29 00:00

THE three charities nominated as official charities of the Hansa Powerade Dusi 2010 — SPCA, Starfish and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust) — are off to a good start, earlier than usual.

Over R15 000 in bids has been received for the much sought after charity batch online auction at www.dusi.co.za.

Almost 1 900 paddlers start the Dusi in batches of 60 paddlers that go off every few minutes from 6 am. The last paddlers might only start at 11 am when it is really hot and humid.

The organisers of the Dusi put the fifth batch (60 places), which starts at 6.30 am, up for the charity auction to paddlers each day.

The hammer goes down at a minute before midnight on January 13 for the lucky 60 whose bids are accepted.

“Three bids have been received that are R3 000 each” Cameron Mackenzie, chairman of the organi­sers, said yesterday.

Paddlers are now able to choose the charity that they want to support by going to the official Dusi website and placing a bid at www.dusi.co.za. Only 60 of the top bids make it into the charity batch on January 21, 22 and 23.

“We now have three areas that the charity batch will help, the Aids orphans, the environment and animals in the valley.”

All the proceeds of the batch auction go directly into the areas that paddlers go through during the race.

The Dusi raised R60 000 in 2003, the first year the charity batch was launched, and has grown to over R300 000 per year on average since then. The organisers are hoping to raise over that because of increased entries in 2010.

“This is what events should be — massive fund raising vehicles, whilst participants thoroughly enjoy themselves and sponsors get great returns on their investment,” said Mackenzie.

The full organising committee is doing a recce of the full course early in the New Year to assess the hyacinth problem.

There are fears that the build up of hyacinth in the river will mean paddlers having to do extra porta­ges.

Entries are available from www.dusi.co.za.

 

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