Zululand Observer - Monday

Action as Rotary connects

- Laurie Smith

ROTARY Club of Empangeni members are preparing for arguably their biggest fundraisin­g exercise of the year: crossing the country on their bicycles in aid of charity.

The 2018 Connection Ride will see club members take on a gruelling cycle tour from Empangeni to Cape Town, forging relationsh­ips along the way while raising funds and sponsorshi­p for a number of non-profit organisati­ons right here in uMhlathuze.

It has also been identified as an opportunit­y to link Rotary Clubs en route to Cape Town and to support inter-district ties and fund-raising efforts.

The cyclists cover 1 700km (at their own expense), leaving from Empangeni and ‘climbing’ out of KZN via Vryheid.

The route will then go through, among others, Ladysmith, Clarens, Middelburg, Aliwal North, Grahamstow­n, Port Elizabeth, Plettenber­g Bay, George, Hermanus, and Somerset West before finally pulling in to Cape Town.

Approximat­ely 1,23 million Rotarians belong to more than 34 000 Rotary Clubs located in 167 countries.

Money in action

The funds raised from the Connection

Ride will be used for social upliftment of communitie­s and the care and support of HIV/Aids victims.

All fund-raising projects are overseen by Rotary Internatio­nal.

Through global grants, the Rotary Foundation provides additional contributi­ons to funds raised by Rotary clubs and districts for internatio­nal service projects.

The Rotary Club of Empangeni will partner with one or more Rotary clubs and districts, and the money raised through the 2018 Connection Ride will be supported and added to by further donations from the districts concerned and by the Rotary Foundation in the form of a global grant.

This year the beneficiar­ies are: SPCA, wheelchair donations, End Polio Now campaign, NSRI Dictionary/blanket and sanitary towel donations, Leisure Gardens Empangeni, Thuthukani School (Skills Developmen­t and building classrooms), Thuthuzela (Abused women and children), Mafika Crèche, Rotary Youth Leadership courses and the Green Door Project.

Larger projects, together with a Global Grant through The Rotary Foundation that will benefit include: The Zululand Hospice Training Centre, Anti- Poaching (Rotarhino), Gobandlovu School (classrooms and toilets)and Crossroads Teen Centre (computer centre).

How can I become involved?

Businesses can throw their support behind the riders by contacting Barbara Robarts on 082 4635870 or at robarts@zulucom.net

Every small contributi­on helps, so those who would like to donate to the cause are invited to use the following banking details: Rotary Club of Empangeni, ABSA Bank, branch 632005, current account number 406 968 6085.

For a reference, please use your name and specify which project (from the box, listed) you would like your donation to benefit.

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