All set for Sunday’s South Coast Hospice MTB Challenge

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By Quintin van Jaarsveld

It is all systems go for the Halfway Toyota Illovo Sugar Challenge that takes place at the picturesque Lake Eland Game Reserve this Sunday at 9am.

The new venue (the event was previously held at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre) brings a fresh feel to the annual event, now in its fourth year, and with funds raised once again going to South Coast Hospice, cyclists are expected to come out in numbers to support this special race.

Competitors will have their choice of a 45km, 25km, 12km and 5km ride in this ROAG and KwaZulu-Natal Mountain Biking-sanctioned event.

South Coast Hospice fund-raising co-ordinator BT King said they are looking forward to a bumper event.

“We invite the community to come and join us at Lake Eland for a wonderful day out in the open air,” said King.

“Lake Eland has well cared for and marked cycle tracks full of fun for everyone to exercise their skill on a mountain bike and their team will see to your nourishment.

“We also have Coca Cola and Powerade on board and will have seconding tables on each of the routes, where Coca Cola, Powerade, water, oranges, bananas, sweets and boiled potatoes will be provided. Timing will be done by ROAG and sound by Roy Antrobus from MadAnt Entertainment.

“Our main sponsors, who have been in partnership with us for all four years, are on board again, namely Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach and Illovo Sugar from Durban.

“We have vouchers for the winners in each category, male and female; they will get a trophy and a prize for first, second and third place in the 42km and 24km event. In the 12km and 6km races, prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place riders, both male and female.

“Each rider will be given a goodie bag at registration and each cyclist who finishes will receive a silver medal. We also have a Momsen 26” bicycle sponsored by Dura Cycles in a raffle, which will be drawn on the day of the event.”

Entries can be made online (click here) or on the day (for a slightly higher fee).

For more information, contact King on 082 728 0233, 072 3449 546 or [email protected]

Click here for a map to Lake Eland Game Reserve.

Prizes:

42km and 25km prize winners:

42km:
First Male and Female voucher from Dura Cycles for R1000 each, gold medal, trophy and a prize
Second Male and Female voucher from Dura Cycles for R750 each, trophy and a prize
Third Male and Female voucher from Dura Cycles for R500 each, trophy and a prize

25km:
First Male and Female voucher from Dura Cycles for R1000 each, gold medal, trophy and a prize
Second Male and Female voucher from Dura Cycles for R750 each, trophy and a prize
Third Male and Female voucher from Dura Cycles for R500 each, trophy and a prize

12km Male and Female:
First, Gold medal, trophy, and a prize
Second, trophy and a prize
Third, trophy and a prize

6km Male and Female:
First, Gold medal, trophy and a prize
Second, trophy and a prize
Third, trophy and a prize

42km Race only: Category prizes Both Male and Female
First Junior – Prize
First Senior – Prize
First Sub Veteran – Prize
First Veteran – Prize
First Master – Prize
First Grand Master – Prize
Best Water Table as selected by the cyclists overall
Older Cyclist for both Male and Female overall events

South Coast Hospice MTB Challenge 15About South Coast Hospice:

South Coast Hospice is a non-profit, non-government organisation which offers palliative care for the terminally ill in the local community. These are patients who have Cancer, HIV/Aids, TB and MDR TB (Multi Drug Resistance TB) and Motor Neuron disease.

Hospice rely totally on donations and financial assistance from the local community and business houses for their sustainability. Due to their financial situation, they were forced to pull in their borders in May 2014, resulting in an increase in Urban Home Care for the patients in their own Home from Hibberdene to Port Edward.

HIV/Aids and TB patients were handed back to the local clinics for their care. Hospice had to close their Kingfisher House In Patient unit and this resulted in families having to look after their own beloved.

Hospice continued with work in the local community as and how they were able to. In April 2015, the Board of Executors allowed Hospice to put forward a proposal for a revamped four-bed In Patient Unit with a Day Clinic and a Day care centre. Hospice also expressed the need for a paediatric room for children and babies who were terminally ill, and this Patient Paliative Care Centre was re-opened on May 11 2015.

Where does the money come from to fund this operation which was costing South Coast Hospice R2m a year to run?

  • Besides local donations of household items, clothing and the like which are then resold in three outlets,
  • Hospice rely on financial donations from business houses, which are recognised and given a Section 18A Tax receipt for tax relief, a plaque of recognition on a donations board on their premises
  • Bequests through Wills
  • Monthly financial donations from the local community
  • The Fundraising Department put on local fundraising events where they encourage support from the local community, each event has prizes and lucky draws and raffles to raise funding. Hospice have identified family events and individual events where motorbikes and off road bikes are involved. Hospice introduced the Donkey Derby this year as a new fundraising event. Hospice have the annual Tree of Light where donations are made in memory of the loss of a loved one, and on the first Saturday of December each year, Hospice light up a tree at the South Coast Mall to send out a message of Hope throughout the festive season.
  • Hospice rely on the help of volunteers to assist their two-man Fundraising Department to help with all these events throughout the year.
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