Rotary helps Cycle Tour’s wheels turn

2016-03-08 06:00

As the last pair of wheels rolled across the finish line of the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday it was a special celebration for an organisation that plays a part in the event.

The Rotary Club of Claremont celebrated 33 years of being involved with the largest timed cycle race in the world.

Rotary’s support has grown to 35 other Rotary clubs and their affiliates across the Western Cape over the years. They work closely with the race organisers to share in the task of making sure that 35 000 cyclists make it safely across the finish line.

“Clubs such as the Rotary Club of New­lands work very closely with the organisers to assist with all the logistics around the different sectors, marshals, refreshment stations and sweeps.

“The Rotary Club of Bellville manages the finish line area.

“The Rotary Club of Swellendam drives all the way to Cape Town to support marshalling for the day,” says Eion Brown, of the Rotary Club of Claremont and a Cycle Tour stalwart who has been involved since 1985.

“Today Rotarians and their affiliates make up the majority of the 1000 volunteers on the day,” adds Brown.

Rotary is one of the two recipients of the charitable surplus generated through the CTCT, the other being the Pedal Power Association.

“Companies involved and participants in the race know that when money is donated to Rotary, 100% of the funds are invested in community projects and initiatives, and can all be accounted for,” adds Brown.

“A key area of focus for us at the Rotary Club of Claremont is investing in early childhood development (ECD) projects. We believe in making a meaningful impact in the lives of our youngsters so that they can in turn make a positive contribution to those around them and in the longer term, help build the economy of our country, and play an important role in the future of South Africa.”

The Rotary Club of Claremont also has over 60 other projects that also benefit from the funds received through the race.

This year the funds will again be invested in key projects.

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