Cyclists ride for Choc

2015-08-11 06:00
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Vanessa Thurlwell (left) and David Thurlwell, Cows members ride for cancer.

Photo: supplied Vanessa Thurlwell (left) and David Thurlwell, Cows members ride for cancer.

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A GROUP of Highway athletes are taking sport to another level in Durban by raising money for the Childhood Cancer Foundation SA (Choc).

On 5 September the group - called the “Durban herd of Cows” - will be raising awareness on childhood cancer and raising funds.

Founding member Cordi Van Niekerk said the organisation was formed when other founding members Kerrin and Grant Baines and toddler Jessica died from cancer.

“It was their passion to make a difference that inspired the first Johannesburg herd of eight cyclists to ride the 94.7km race to raise awareness about cancer,” he explained.

“From their small beginnings the herd has grown to 350 people who participate in all major cycling and various other sporting events.”

Van Niekerk said through the endeavours of individuals who challenge themselves to do more, the Cows have raised more than R15 million since 2008.

All of the funds raised by the Cows have been channelled to Choc for various projects, from capital projects like refurbishing treatment centres that deal with childhood cancers and life-threatening blood disorders as well as building Choc Houses.

However, Niekerk said the Durban Cow herd is looking for more people who want to be the difference in life.

“The Cow slogan is ‘Love Living Life’ and we challenge all cyclists and anyone with a bicycle to sign up, ride and raise some funds,” he said.

To find out more on joining the herd, sponsoring a Cow, or providing a corporate sponsor­, contact daisy@the

“If you do nothing, nothing will happen. I challenge everyone to do something, so that something can happen, and let that something be something positive, such as the support of Choc and all it does for children and families fighting cancer,” said Van Niekerk

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