Hout Bay cyclists boosted by heroes

2016-01-26 06:00
Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, one of the ambassadors of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa, with a boy from Imizamo Yethu.

Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, one of the ambassadors of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa, with a boy from Imizamo Yethu.

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Sporting heroes have joined forces to communicate the power of sport in disadvantaged communities.

One such organisation is the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa.

And one of the organisations it is helping is a local non-profit organisation, the Hout Bay Cycling Club, formed to give disadvantaged youth in Imizamo Yethu an opportunity to learn cycling, bicycle maintenance, road discipline and courtesy to others.

With funding from Laureus, the club has been able to combat issues such as substance abuse and gangsterism, both of which are rife in the community.

Yibenathi Ncedana, a rider at the club, says: “The club has also taught me about the importance of self-development and the need to contribute to the growth of others. Inviting riders from Hangberg into the club has also enabled us to know and respect one another more.”

Brett Graham, business development and marketing manager for the Laureus Foundation, says the organisation’s year-round work, both locally and abroad, focuses on harnessing the power of sport to actively help communities facing different challenges and ultimately all in need of upliftment.

“The key to our success, though, is the support of our academy members and sporting ambassadors as well as the calendar of events that we host throughout the year, to not only raise funds for our projects, but also to raise awareness of the work we do,” Graham says.

One such event is the Laureus Polo Cup presented with Mercedes-Benz, which takes place at Val de Vie Estate in the Winelands on Saturday. All funds raised will benefit the work of the foundation in South Africa.

For more information call the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation on 021 659 5610 or visit www.laureus.co.za.

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