Stander Foundation honours late MTB hero

2015-09-24 06:00
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Burry Stander foundation members (from left) Mandie Stander, Thulile Mthimkhulu, John Cele and Zibele Bhoyi at the handover of the bicycles.

PHOTO: supplied Burry Stander foundation members (from left) Mandie Stander, Thulile Mthimkhulu, John Cele and Zibele Bhoyi at the handover of the bicycles.

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THE Burry Stander Foundation honoured the late mountain bike national hero, Burry Stander, on his birthday in a ceremony at the Enxolobeni Primary School in Kwanyuswa Location, Mahlabathini, on Wednesday.

In May KZN Cycling demonstrated its commitment to transforming the sport during a historic act of handing over 70 bicycles to young people from the South Coast community at the KZN Autumn Festival.

Of the 70 bicycles donated, 15 were given to the Burry Stander Foundation to assist with the development of a schools’ cycling programme in the Ugu District.

The Burry Stander Bike Park has between 30-50 children every Saturday who have the opportunity to ride a bike.

Enxolobeni Primary principal, Theo Zobolo, opened the proceedings of the handover and welcomed all, while translating the importance of the occasion to his pupils assembled on the new sports field that had only been officially launched two weeks before.

“When I heard that the Burry Stander Foundation was doing the handover today, I felt honoured that our deep rural school would be hosting such an event. I would like to say welcome to Enxolobeni Primary School,” said school governing body chairperson, Wellington Bobore.

The Burry Stander Foundation’s Zibele Booi esaid the bicycles would be checked every month to ensure they are kept in good condition. He also educated pupils about the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling.

Local municipality representative, T.B. Sithole paid his respect to Burry’s mother Mandie for not losing hope when Burry lost his life, but by continuing a dream and vision of the cyclist.

“Thank you for what you are doing for the school. As a municipality it is our duty to drive development in our area. We don’t speak about it - we see it. This [handover] is what we are talking about. You are advertising our area­ and we are happy and excited.”

“One day, if you really get into this cycling, another Burry Stander will come through. Mandie, what you are doing for our sport is amazing,” said CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Justin­ Mackory.

Mandie thanked all stakeholders for their attendance at the handover.

“I want to welcome all the pupils – these bikes are for you, this is your day. Whenever you touch one of these bicycles, please just remember that Burry came from this part of the world and he would be proud to see you starting off cycling and enjoying the sport in your community like everybody from all over the world. I thank everybody here for the opportunity.”

- Supplied

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