Cyclists to reach for child’s dream

2020-01-28 06:00
Last year’s Reach for a Dream cyclists: Clint Hefer, Dylan Emmett, Dr Kishoor Pitamber and Rudy McNeil took on the Cape Town Cycle Tour to show their support for all the children fighting life threatening illness.

Last year’s Reach for a Dream cyclists: Clint Hefer, Dylan Emmett, Dr Kishoor Pitamber and Rudy McNeil took on the Cape Town Cycle Tour to show their support for all the children fighting life threatening illness.

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On Sunday 8 March, cyclists will once again show what they’re made of as they take on the 47th Cape Town Cycle Tour – the world’s largest timed cycle race. 

Some of these cyclists won’t only be doing it for the pride in knowing they’ve completed the 109km open-road race but also to support a child with a life-threatening illness such as cancer and leukaemia, renal failure and various blood disorders.

Reach for a Dream is calling on cyclists, young and old, to join their cycling team and to assist in making the dreams of a young boy or girl come true.

The non-profit organisation (NPO) relies on donations to help fund the dreams of children, says the organisation’s fundraising coordinator Toto Jordan.

“The dreams could be to meet someone – someone famous, a sports personality or a celebrity. A dream could also be to go see a place. “We send kids to the United States of America and other locations – India, Orlando Florida. The kids love to go to Disney (World) there. A dream could just be spending time on radio with a DJ.” 

He says many of the children also wish for PlayStations, tablets and bedroom makeovers once they’ve returned home.

At present, 18 cyclists will participate under Reach for a Dream’s banner. The NPO is appealing to the public to join its cause. 

“Everyone who rides for Reach for a Dream has had a loved one suffer a life-threatening illness. When you get to the finish line, it’s not about a prize or money. It’s not for material things – it’s much more than that. They keep pushing on because the person they’re riding for gives them that extra drive.”

Last year, the main race saw more than 23 000 people participating. This year, organisers hope to attract more people to the race which starts at the Grand Parade in the city, moves south past Hout Bay and Noordhoek to Simon’s Town and heads back north past Smitswinkel, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, past Constantia and back into town.

Jordan says, in addition to the bragging rights that come with completing the race, it allows racers to see some of Cape Town’s best sites. He encourages all interested cyclists to join the Reach for Dream cycling team for the race. Entries to the cycle tour are now open and will close on Thursday 30 January.

  • For more information, call Toto on 021 555 3013, email toto@reachforadream.org.za or visit Reach for a Dream on www.reachforadream.org.za or Cape Town Cycle Tour’s website on www.capetowncycletour.com.
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