PHOTOS: Triple boost for Pro Deo

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The new triple header concept proved to be a hit as funds rolled in for Pro Deo at San Lameer on Sunday.

Along with the annual cycle tour, San Lameer staged the Pro Deo Trio, made up of a golf day, fun mountain bike ride and a fun run.

A full field of 108 golfers teed it up, 10 mountain bikers did the fun ride and 63 runners enjoyed the fun run.

The winners of the fourball alliance on 106 points were Elvis Kwahula, Ronnie Matshaka, Douglas Sima and Sdu Ntozakhe.

Kresin Chetty, Kavish Rupnarain, Merlin Thaver and Anthony Seur counted out Lou van Niekerk, Johann Erasmus, Joe Espach and Dawie Stolz for second place on 103 points.

The nearest to the pin prizes went to Peter Marais (4th), Pieter Strydom (9th), Matshaka (14th), Espach (16th) and Gavin Maitre (18th in two).

One of the highlights of the day was the arrival of the cyclists, who for the 17th year in a row, raised funds and awareness for the organisation over an 840-kilometre journey over four days.

This year’s group consisted of Bennie and Elma Kruger, Jane Visagie, Andre Beneke, Pieter van der Berg, Wayne Tarr, Robby Cumming, Coenraad Smit, Heather Malan, Brian Lindecke, Ishwar Manilal, Patricia Shuttleworth, Willem Herselman, Grant Langley and Fred van Zyl.

They started their journey in Alberton on Wednesday and made their first overnight stop at Frankfort following a 173km ride. From there, they rode 178km to Harrismith, 218km to Nottingham, 148km to Amanzimtoti and finally 123km to San Lameer.

The evening saw Pro Deo chairperson Eloïse van Niekerk accept a cheque for R310 760. An auction was also held, which raised a further R28 000, while there’s still donations coming in.

“We greatly appreciate the hard work done by the San Lameer and Round Table Margate teams to make the Pro Deo Trio a success,” Van Niekerk told eHowzit.

“Thank you to all our sponsors and a special thank you to our main sponsors, namely Bennie Kruger and the cyclists, San Lameer, Margate Round Table and Supertech BMW.

“The money raised will enable us to continue with our service to the aged, disabled and cancer sufferers for at least six months without financial concerns,” she added.

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