Huge support for ‘Let’s Live For Jayde’ event

2017-11-30 06:01
=Jayde’s dad Derrick Inggs (centre) with Lets Live for Jayde cyclists TJ Kitching, Jaco Human, Johan Oosthuizen and Zirk Kemp.

=Jayde’s dad Derrick Inggs (centre) with Lets Live for Jayde cyclists TJ Kitching, Jaco Human, Johan Oosthuizen and Zirk Kemp.

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The support of the inaugural 24 hour cycling ride, Let’s Live For Jayde, held in Uitenhage to commemorate the late Jayde Inggs’ 32nd birthday on Wednesday, November 22 was absolutely amazing.

“It’s a week down the line and I am still on a high. It was sad, but the most special cycling ride I’ve ever done,” said Johan Oosthuizen from Fuel on Wheels, organiser of the mass cycling marathon ride.

“The windy conditions made it tough, very tough. But the appreciation from the Inggs family towards the initiative and the support from my family, the public, businesses and fellow cyclists pulled us through. At one stage we were joined by 89 cyclists.”

Oosthuizen cycled 296km in the 24 hour time span and Zirk Kemp did 335km.

“This will definitely be an annual event. I owe this to the Inggs family whom I respect immensely.

It was an absolute honour doing the last lap, the victory lap, alongside Jayde’s dad, Derrick Inggs,” said Oosthuizen.

He also wishes to thank Steven Laas from Penford Cycling Shop.

“Can you believe it, Steven kept his shop in Graaff Reinet Road open till midnight to assist cyclists with whatever cycling trouble they had. He fixed 25 bikes free of charge and sold one bike. Where will you see something like that?” said Oosthuizen.

Apart from commemorating Jayde, the event was also in aid of the Uitenhage SPCA which is in dire financial need.

“We collected about R3 500 cash and non-perishable food to the value of approximately R7 000, which we donated to the Uitenhage SPCA.

“With our visit to the SPCA, I was amazed to see the Jayde Inggs kennel. It was if the whole Jayde commemoration circle was completed,” said Oosthuizen.

He said that the Let’s Live For Jayde banner in Aalwyn Drive has become like a memorial.

“People drive past and will hoot, or bikers will give that extra rev. It shows that Jayde will be remembered. That is why I will continue with the Let’s Live For Jayde initiative. We need to bring positive change. People want it.

“Thank you to all who supported this commemorative event. See you all next year!”

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