South Coast Hospice’s Pedal for Patients fundraiser took place on a beautiful morning at Lake Eland Game Reserve on Saturday.
Six brave men started out to tackle the 25km cycle, just out of the starting blocks and Greg Small had to return with a broken chain on his bicycle, but not to be outdone, he started out with the 5 and 10km walkers and runners.
Next to leave were two 6km cyclists, who this year, were taken out on the road to Fig Tree, turning at the 3km mark.
Then the 5 and 10km walkers and runners set off on their route to the Fig Tree seconding spot where Property Circle was waiting for them with refreshments – water, Coke, Powerade, marshmallows, jelly babies and oranges. These refreshments were available at all seconding stations.
The animals were clearly visible along the route and were enjoyed by all who participated. Spectators staying behind enjoyed refreshments and the quiet whilst waiting for the return of the competitors. In the distance, they could see the walkers and runners on their way too from the Fig Tree turnaround point.
When the cyclists and runners started coming in, it was in a steady stream all the time, all having positive comments about the views, the animals and the walk/run itself.
A total of 40 lucky draw prizes which had been handed out at seconding tables along the various routes had been collected after which the main prize-giving started.
Main sponsor Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach blessed the competitors with six main big lucky draw prizes, umbrellas, braai kits and tog bags.
Cade van Tonder won the Harvey World Travel goodie hamper and the much sought after lucky draw prize of a stuffed Hippo was won by Kylie Kirsten.
The Momsen 29er bicycle sponsored by Dura Cycles was won by Ben Scheepers from Sea Park and collected on Monday morning from South Coast Hospice.
“I woke up to the quiet and realised that I was at Lake Eland Game Reserve, and before the alarm goes off and wakes the rest of the people sleeping, I got up got dressed and walked to the Hall. It was not yet 6 o’clock and no one was around. What a beautiful venue this is for a fund-raising event,” said South Coast Hospice fund-raising co-ordinator, BT King.
“We had 65 entries for the day, not as many as we wanted, but they were people who had a heart for Hospice and the work that we do in our community.
“We were blessed with an income of R65,000 which was derived from our main sponsor, smaller sponsors, donations, and the entry fee of competitors. The gate entry of R20 per person which is collected by Lake Eland on the day was also included in this amount raised.”All funds raised through fund-raising events organised by South Coast Hospice are used in the Kingfisher Inpatient Unit for ongoing quality palliative patient care of patients living with life-threatening illnesses.
King concluded: “A very special thank you to Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach, our main sponsor, all our other sponsors and donations we received for this event and competitors. You all have helped us to make a difference in the daily lives of our patients. May you all be blessed for helping us to bless others.”