THE Hoodlums Motorbike Club Durban hosted its fourth annual charity tube and raft race at the Umkomaas River Ski Boat Club on February 24.
The event was held to raise funds for the Khanya Hospice, The Pitbull Association and Four Paws & Claw.
President of the Hoodlums MC, Anton Nieuwoudt, said: “It was a good turnout with a lot of corporates using the event as a team-building session and putting their weight behind this worthy cause through donations and assistance.”
Khanya Hospice CEO Neil McDonald said: “Hoodlums Motor Cycle Club members have done it again. They once again came to the party when they organised and held a river raft race at the Umkomaas Ski Boat Club at the end of February. Thank you to Anton, Swannie and their teams.”
There was a wide range of entertainment on race day, including the Cansa Shavathon and spectators enjoying music bands.
Close to 350 people attended the event and took part in the Cansa Shavathon, while children were kept busy on the jumping castle and with face painting.
Nieuwoudt said that the event has grown over the years and this is because of the support they get from the corporates and community.
“One thing about the club members is they stand and stick together on their bikes and on their decisions. Club members are from near and far and they just love riding their bikes and helping the community where they can. They were all in agreement that Khanya Hospice should be supported in the great work that they are doing, from Umbogintwini to Hibberdene, which is a huge area.”
McDonald added that the continual increases in the petrol price puts their fuel budget high as they mostly do home-based care and their vehicles are just one of the tools the nursing staff use to do their work. “We are very thankful for the people who come forward and offer to help with fundraising, like the Hoodlums motorcycle club”, said McDonald. Our services are free to the patient, but they are not free for us to deliver, he said.
Khanya Hospice is not government funded and does its fundraising on its own which is not easy. Anyone who is willing to help with any fundraising initiatives can phone Khanya Hospice at 039 973 1783 or 083 597 8985, or e-mail hospic