The ride of a life­time

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS -

TWENTY Em­pan­geni Ro­tary

Club mem­bers and their sup­port crew pulled into Cape Town last week to mark the end of the epic 2018 Con­nec­tion Ride - which saw them cy­cle more than

1 200km for char­ity.

The am­a­teur cy­clists rode from Em­pan­geni through many towns such as Lady­smith, Clarens, Mid­del­burg, Ali­wal North, Gra­ham­stown, Port El­iz­a­beth, Plet­ten­burg Bay, Her­manus be­fore reach­ing the Mother City, forg­ing relationships with fel­low Ro­tary Clubs mem­bers along the route.

Ride cap­tain An­drew Kil­lick said the cy­clists had a challenging time, but the weather played along on most days.

‘South Africa is a re­ally beau­ti­ful coun­try and one ap­pre­ci­ates cre­ation at a slower speed than that of a car.

‘We ap­pre­ci­ate the spon­sors, donors, fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers in our quest to raise funds for Ro­tary projects.

‘Spe­cial thanks to Pres­i­dent Bar­bara Ro­barts, Ful­vio Pace and Steve Tandy (Ro­tary Lady­smith) for their help and as­sis­tance in this mam­moth un­der­tak­ing,’ he said.

Two to tan­dem

Glynn and Jean Har­borth (on a tan­dem) said the hard­est part was get­ting up at 4.30am, packing ve­hi­cles and be­ing on the tan­dem by 5.15am.

‘Then the world changed, and it was just us, the bike and the road - an ex­pe­ri­ence never to be for­got­ten.

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.

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.

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