New app to ‘pedal’ the Amashova for charity

2012-09-21 00:00

TECHNOLOGY has added a new dimension to the 26th Amashova National Cycle Classic from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on Sunday, October 14.

If more than 100 km in the saddle sounds too energetic, people can stay at home and “cycle” the race from the comfort of their favourite couch while raising funds for various charities.

This year, the Lekelela Challenge, which means “helping hand” in Zulu, is the Amashova charity game app on Facebook, available to everyone, from serious cyclists to committed mouse clickers. As a player, the goal is to collect pedal strokes by donating to one of the Amashova charities — the Amashova Bike Park, Choc, Hi Hopes and the Pink Drive — commenting on Twitter @amashova and #lekelela or uploading pictures on Facebook.

While all this is being done, you gradually move along the route toward the finish in Durban, winning great prizes along the way.

These include weekends away, meal vouchers and household appliance vouchers.

Players can take on the challenge as a team and the first team home with the most money raised wins a sunset cruise in Durban, with all the trimmings.

There are four easy steps to playing — “like” the Amashova Facebook page at; update your personal details and join. Or create a team by inviting friends through Facebook with a limit of 15 per team; choose a Amashova charity and pledge to donate.

The Amashova Bike Park is a safety bike park at Ethembeni School in Inchanga where children learn the rules of the road pertaining to bicycles, thereby avoiding becoming another tragic statistic on our roads.

Hi Hopes provides support for the deaf and those hard of hearing. Stats show that 17 babies are born deaf daily in South Africa, with 94% of them to normal hearing families, who battle to come to terms with the situation. Through parent advisors and deaf mentors, personal support is provided to families as they take on the challenge of a deaf child and attempt to build family relationships.

Pink Drive focuses on breast cancer, emphasising that early detection saves lives.

CHOC (Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics) contributes to the well-being of children and families living with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. With empathetic support and the correct information, it is possible to survive while being stronger and wiser. Visit

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