Those who know me will remember that last year I completed one of the 'BIG' road races on my list (Thanks to hubby's well thought out Birthday present!), the grueling 106km Tsogo Sun Amashova.
I had decided my first 106km road race would be done to
raise funds and awareness for the children of ‘Rainbows & Smiles’– I would
be riding for a purpose!
I survived the AMASHOVA 2017 106km road race on 22nd
October 2017 & raised just under R4 000.00 towards my chosen NPO. Even after being discharged from hospital only 6 weeks earlier! Needless to say it was an emotional and jubilant final push to that finish line.
I have never felt such a sense of achievement- I want to feel that way EVERY DAMN DAY! :) To fulfil your own dreams, and raise awareness socially and financially for those in need - I could do this every ride!
& so I have decided to do just that!
My goals for 2018 have substantially increased, kicking off with the next BIG one on 11 March 2018... yep you guessed it! The Cape Town Cycle Tour.
I am wanting to continue to 'Ride for a cause' and am excited to be partnering with a local organisation that I was recently introduced to. Siyakwazi works with children under the age of 7, in the rural region of Kwanzimakwe - a stone and a half's throw away from where we stay in Shelly Beach. Not only do they support children during the critical years of their childhood development, but also work in identifying and supporting children who experience some form of barrier to learning, whether through physical or cognitive disabilities.
The organisation is very hands on and empowers local resources to work in assisting schools and creches. In addition, they have a very extensive home visit programme which supports children and their parents, who do not have access to mainstream education.
Siyakwazi are working towards developing a resource centre over the next few years, which will involve a brick and mortar 'go-to-hub' for parents, caregivers and teachers to access various learning and development resources. Funding is of course a big challenge and I would like to do my bit, through your support, to help them achieve this goal.
In expectation of my awesome finish in the Cape, I would love if you could offer a small donation towards this organisation. My cycling journey means so much to me, just as I know how much being included in the classroom means and attaining a good education means to these kids.