Bike ride in thanks for gift of life

2016-06-10 12:43
Tony Lawrence and his daughter, Janine, are taking to the road to raise money for the Red Cross Hospital.

Tony Lawrence and his daughter, Janine, are taking to the road to raise money for the Red Cross Hospital.

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A father from Retreat is taking on a motorbike trip with a difference – to repay a gift of life.

Almost 38 years ago Tony Lawrence’s daughter, Janine, had to undergo an emergency blood transfusion at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
At the time Janine was only five days old and her condition was considered to be incredibly serious. Without the transfusion she stood very little chance of having a normal life and the possibility of an early death was a harsh reality for the family.
The doctors and nurses at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital did a wonderful job and Janine quickly recovered and grew up to be a very healthy adult.

Now, Tony, a proud dad and stroke survivor himself, is raising awareness and money for the current paediatric ICU campaign by taking on a 1600km endurance ride that he will aim to complete in 24 hours.
“Our family is eternally grateful for giving Janine the gift of life,” he says.
“I am 61 and a stroke survivor. I have also previously survived a ruptured appendix and bowel obstruction which resulted in an extended stay in ICU.
“In order to create awareness and funding for Red Cross I will attempt to ride 1600km in 24 hours – but I am planning to complete it in 20 hours – on my motorcycle with my daughter as pillion. This is my first time having a pillion rider on an endurance ride, and also her first real pillion ride.”

Tony says they will be starting out at 00:01 on the morning of Saturday 18 June and end at about 20:00.
“I must emphasise that this is not a race, but an endurance ride which is well planned and for which I have to prepare both physically and mentally,” says Tony.
“There are challenges and risks, but the planning helps to overcome these. I have previously done 1600km in 16.5 hours and 2000km in 22.5 hours.
“Therefore, I am confident of finishing the ride within the time frame.”
The route will take them north on the N7 with fuel stops at Citrusdal, Vanrhynsdorp, Calvinia, Brandvlei, Keimoes, Pofadder, Springbok, Bitterfontein, and Citrusdal again, before the last stop at the Red Cross Hospital.

The funds raised will go to the R100m-plus upgrade and expansion of the ICU, which will see capacity increased from 22 bed spaces to 39 bed spaces.
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