Riding for charity

2016-09-15 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Taking part the Pro Deo Cycling Tour are (from left) Wayne Tarr, Grant Langley, Fred van Zyl, Colin Mc Kay and Benny Kruger.

PHOTO: supplied Taking part the Pro Deo Cycling Tour are (from left) Wayne Tarr, Grant Langley, Fred van Zyl, Colin Mc Kay and Benny Kruger.

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THE 16th annual Pro Deo Care Group Cycle Ride takes place on Wednesday 14 September.

A group of 14 cyclists will take part in the 800km ride starting in Alberton, Gauteng to Southbroom in five days. Each cyclist will be doing just over 150km a day. Eight of cyclists taking part in the ride are from the South Coast. Six others from Johannesburg, will join them.

The ride will finish at Southbroom Golf Club on 18 September.

Founder Benny Kruger said he has been riding since the first ride.

“It all started 15 years ago when there was a need for those who were not able to care for themselves to be taken care of instead. A group of churches got involved and raised money towards this initiative,” said Kruger.

Every year riders get sponsorships individually, raising money towards the care group and at completion of the ride the money is collected and is given to cancer patients, disabled people and those who are victims of any dreaded disease through the Pro Deo Care Group.

Last year the group of cyclists raised R200 000 and this year they are aiming to raise more. The eldest rider in the group is Colin McKay (65) who has been cycling for 25 years.

McKay said it takes a lot of training and dedication to take part in the hard and dangerous race, but it is all for a worthy cause.

Fred van Zyl of Auto Exec in Port Shepstone is also participating and said the challenges they face when cycling are weather conditions and traffic.

He said the ride is a big achievement for him. “The long, tiring and painful ride is for a good cause and those who benefit from it face more pain and sometimes endure it for longer than the five days it takes us to complete the ride.”

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