When the news hit that the fire which broke out on the slopes of Table Mountain at the end of April this year had gutted the Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town campus, the whole world took notice.
Staff and librarians of Belgian universities, especially, understood the pain and loss as the library of the University of Leuven had burnt down twice in the past century – in 1914 and 1940. To show their support, they began a fundraising campaign, Move for Cape Town, to collect money to be put towards the rebuilding of the Jagger Library.
Wanting to contribute to this initiative, Mathias Bogaert, Consulate-General of Belgium in Cape Town, has extended an invitation to both the Belgian and the larger community in Cape Town to join them in either one of three mountain bike tours in support of the campaign.
Together, the goal is to mountain bike 1 000 km and raise R50 000. Three Mountain bike tours have been organised. The first, which took place in Kirstenbosch starting from the Black Box Coffeeworks at Constantia Nek, was held this past weekend on Sunday 19 September.
“It was such a nice day. Getting to know new people and riding together for a good cause. Even though I am a newbie in the world of mountain biking, I am definitely going to join at least one of the others tours that will be organised in the following month,” says Nicolas D’hanis, an intern at the Consulate-General of Belgium in Cape Town.
The dates for the next tours are Sunday 3 and Sunday 17 October. Participants in the second tour will meet at Bootleggers Coffee Shop at Forest Glade House in Tokai. The Franschhoek tour is last on the list with participants asked to meet at Droom Guesthouse. Participants will first enjoy coffee at 09:00 with kick-off at approximately 09:30.
Each tour has two different trails; one for social bikers/beginners and one for more advanced mountain bikers. A tour will take two to two-and-a-half hours to complete and each trail forms a loop. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participants are asked to take note that an activity permit will be needed for some trails. Participants must have or rent their own mountain bike.
Those wanting to contribute can do so by joining Team Belgium for one or multiple tours or by donating a contribution via the following link: https://forms.kuleuven.be/c0001/fondsen/219/donate/en.
The organisers are aiming for a contribution of R500 per tour per participant.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Move for Cape Town” in the subject line. Included in the email must be the participant’s name, an indication of the desired tour, whether he or she is a social biker or an advanced biker and a cellphone number. In the confirmation mail, more practical and payment information will follow.