Riders rally behind South Coast Hospice in Inbuzi Enduro — photo gallery

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By Quintin van Jaarsveld

The dirt bike and quad riding fraternity threw their collective weight behind South Coast Hospice in the Inbuzi South Coast Hospice Enduro on Saturday.

A total of 90 riders converged on the Lutheran Church Grounds in Izotsha, where they set off on 40km, 25km and 5km rides through local farms to raise funds and bolster Hospice’s hopes of reopening the Kingfisher House in-patient house, which was forced to close in May due to a lack of funding.

Donations and an auction – held by Louis Boshoff during the prize-giving at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds – provided a welcome added boost, with Ryan Pretorius from Rhino Truck Sales, who participated in the ride with his family, posting the winning bid of just over R2000 for a high pressure hose sponsored by Hydra Tool.

The inclement weather did little to detract from the event, with riders and their families enjoying the camaraderie and festive atmosphere. As fun rides, there were no race winners, however, lucky draw prizes were handed out.

Event organiser Sandy Danckwerts said the support exceeded expectations and confirmed that just over R20 000 was raised.

“Today went extremely well with above expected entries,” Danckwerts told eHowz!t.

“We were supported so graciously by the South Coast community today. It’s awesome how we were so well supported. Riders came from all over to support this event, even from Johannesburg.

“We didn’t have a lot of spectators due to the weather, but the brave ones endured the hectic wind and on-and-off rain and showed their support.

“We rode with a purpose and we rode with passion and the riders enjoyed the day; some even went back for a second lap. I’m pleased to say that no injuries have been recorded. Med Evac was here just in case, but all went well.

“I can’t thank the riders and sponsors enough for making the event a big success and give God all the glory. I couldn’t have done it without Him.

“Port Shepstone Lions Club provided the breakfast rolls this morning for the hungry riders and Tiago’s covered the lunch shift, and all the food was excellent.

“Water was kindly donated by Fedics and Jon Caple from Gayridge supplied us with the ice to keep the water nice and cold, so the riders were kept well watered.

“Prize-giving at Dougies was good and the vibe here is excellent. Thanks to Attie for his kind sponsorship as well and for allowing us to use his venue for the prize-giving. He’s also provided hamburgers for the riders at a discounted price.”

Danckwerts had special praise for eHowz!t, saying: “The amount of entries we got can only be attributed to the awesome media coverage that eHowz!t gave us.

“The moment the video preview went live on Friday, my phone did not stop ringing. The rider from Johannesburg that came down especially for this event said he found it through a link on one of his friend’s pages on Facebook.

“Thanks to the editorial team and to Lencel and Bev for spending so much time with us interviewing and taping, we do appreciate all the hard work.

“I really hope that businesses see that it pays to advertise on eHowz!t. The value and response I received was phenomenal, so I am sure advertisers will receive an even greater response with their advertising.

“As an advertising consultant, I can most surely recommend this avenue of advertising.”

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