Go­ing the dis­tance for others

District Mail - - NUUS / NEWS - Jamey Gor­don

An­other com­pas­sion­ate Helder­berg res­i­dent will be go­ing the dis­tance to make a dif­fer­ence.

Strand res­i­dent Tanya Fourie (31) will be tak­ing on the gru­elling Cape Town Cy­cle Tour in aid of Dis­tance for Dif­fer­ence (D4D), a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion aimed at mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the well-be­ing of chil­dren.

Fourie who is pas­sion­ate about the out­doors and stay­ing ac­tive was in­spired to par­tic­i­pate in the renowned cy­cle event af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in The 500 Chal­lenge and cy­cling 500 km on a spin­ning bi­cy­cle within 24 hours in aid for D4D. Do­ing 109 km in the sad­dle was fur­ther mo­ti­vated af­ter her mo­bil­ity was re­stricted fol­low­ing a knee op­er­a­tion a year ago. For ex­er­cise pur­poses, Fourie bought a bi­cy­cle and now is an avid moun­tain biker and takes ad­van­tage of any op­por­tu­nity to cy­cle.

“The fact that I can be ac­tive and go places, and now in aid of needy chil­dren who may not have the op­por­tu­nity to do so, is hum­bling.

“I am re­ally ner­vous about cy­cling with 35 000 others on the road. But, I know God is watch­ing over me and that I will be fine,” says Fourie.

She hopes to com­plete the chal­lenge un­der five hours and 30 min­utes with lots of do­na­tions for D4D who ap­par­ently dur­ing the last 13 years man­aged to raise more than R6 mil­lion to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture for less for­tu­nate chil­dren in South Africa.

Be­sides spin classes dur­ing the week and cy­cling long dis­tances on week­ends, Fourie will be em­bark­ing on the 99er Cy­cle Tour on Satur­day in prepa­ra­tion for the big chal­lenge on Sun­day 11 March.

“It is def­i­nitely some­thing on my bucket list that I want to do: to push my body to lim­its out­side of my com­fort zone.

“That feel­ing I will get when I com­plete the 109 km will just be amaz­ing!”

Fourie aims to raise R5 000 through her par­tic­i­pa­tion.

For do­na­tions or more in­for­ma­tion con­tact her on 082 893 6585 or tanyafouri­e1@ya­hoo.com Al­ter­na­tively, send an email to Ta­cia (D4D) at d4d@telkomsa.net.

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