Grandads do it again

Go! & Express - - Sport -

THE Grandads Army of the Rob Bur­ton Me­mo­rial Ride took to the road in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing, Oc­to­ber 8.

The team have tack­led their 1160km re­lay cy­cle from East Lon­don to Stel­len­bosch over four days, in aid of the EyaBant­wana Trust.

The “Army”, “Navy” and the “Air Force” groups left Cal­tex Bea­con Bay at 5.30am on Sun­day and made their way through to Mid­del­burg via the N6. The group has col­lec­tively com­pleted the 1160km event via the Ka­roo, ven­tur­ing teams through Mid­del­burg, Wil­low­more, Swellen­dam, and ar­riv­ing in Stel­len­bosch yes­ter­day.

The wind and chill in the air proved to add to the chal­lenges each cy­clist ex­pe­ri­enced through­out day one. With the sup­port of the backup crew, ve­hi­cles were able to shield the cy­clists from the wind, en­sur­ing they reached Mid­del­burg wear­ing big smiles re­flect­ing their first days’ achieve­ment.

In the first and sec­ond year of this pres­ti­gious event, the Grandads Army man­aged to raise over R500000 in two years.

This year the group of rid­ers are hop­ing to raise over R250 000 which will go to­wards buy­ing much-needed burn sur­gi­cal equip­ment for the pae­di­atric pa­tients at the East Lon­don Hos­pi­tal Com­plex.

Frere and Ce­cilia Maki­wane hos­pi­tals make up the com­plex which ser­vices a huge area in­clud­ing big sec­tions of the Transkei.

“We have a steep fundrais­ing hill to climb, but we are con­fi­dent that East Lon­don­ers and the many peo­ple along the way who were so sup­port­ive last year will again rally be­hind this great cause,” said ride or­gan­iser Dr Colin Lazarus, an East Lon­don Hos­pi­tal Com­plex pae­di­atric sur­geon and one of the original mem­bers of Grandads Army.

The 18 cy­clists have been well looked after along route by Cal­tex East­ern Cape Mar­keter, S Haynes & As­so­ci­ates Inc, Min­ute­man Press and Pow­er­ade.

“As a ma­jor role player in the East­ern Cape fuel in­dus­try, we at Cal­tex East­ern Cape Mar­keter take our re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously and be­lieve that through aware­ness, pre­ven­ta­tive cam­paigns and en­sur­ing that proper care is given to burn vic­tims, the ef­fects of this scourge could be greatly re­duced,” said Clive Ber­lyn, CEO of Cal­tex South Africa.

“We there­fore would like to com­mend the Eyabant­wana Trust for their ded­i­ca­tion in rais­ing aware­ness and funds to make the world a safer place for our chil­dren,” he said.

WIND CHILL WOR­RIES: The Rob Bur­ton Me­mo­rial Ride was again a big suc­cess, with the Grandads Army hav­ing reached their des­ti­na­tion of Stel­len­bosch yes­ter­day. The trip was not with­out hic­cups as rain, strong winds and cold weather meant some of the rid­ers, like Colin Mor­gan (pic­tured) had to im­pro­vise to keep going

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