Athletes and NPO strive to make a difference

2017-02-01 06:03
This past weekend’s Iron Man 70.3 proved exciting for the members of Tri4Sight. They are, at the back, from left,  Dean de Coning, Peter Myburg and Eric Hoffman, who qualified for a spot at the World Champs, and, in front, Mohammed Allie, Donovan Shehab, Brett Britto and Warren Reid, Tri4Sight Founder.  Photo: SUPPLIED

This past weekend’s Iron Man 70.3 proved exciting for the members of Tri4Sight. They are, at the back, from left, Dean de Coning, Peter Myburg and Eric Hoffman, who qualified for a spot at the World Champs, and, in front, Mohammed Allie, Donovan Shehab, Brett Britto and Warren Reid, Tri4Sight Founder. Photo: SUPPLIED

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IN an unusual series of events, a group of triathletes and a non-profit organisation (NPO) have been united by their vision for sight.

Tri4Sight, an established group of experienced athletes, was founded and managed by seasoned triathlete Warren Reid, a dedicated and disciplined athlete who has been competing in triathlons for a number of years.

The athlete and a group of his friends are currently training for various upcoming triathlons. Among these events coming up in 2017 are the Fedhealth Xterra, Iron Man African Championships and this past weekend’s Iron Man 70.3 which took place in East London.

In the spirit of keeping both body and mind fit and strong, Reid has made the generous decision to compete this year with the added benefit of giving back.

He and his team will be using their skills and talents for the greater good. They will be competing as a fundraising initiative with Retina SA as their chosen beneficiary.

Retina SA is a non-profit organisation that is run by blind- and partially sighted patients aiming to bring cures and treatments to all South Africans affected by retinal blindness.

One of the main reasons for the fundraiser is to continue research on Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary disease that has no cure. Currently ground-breaking research is conducted that can identify the genes that cause the disease.

However, the organisation conducting the research is in constant need of funds to continue their efforts.

Therefore, Tri4Sight’s main goal is to raise R3 million for retinal research and to bring the first ever clinical trials to South Africa.

In order to achieve their goal, they are calling on the general public to sponsor their initiative.

They will include sponsors’ branding on their cycles, triathlon kits and all merchandise.

To contribute to this worthy cause, contact Retina SA on 041 363 0164.

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