When a lot is happening the days just catapult along! Here we are again and the last time we talked there were 72 days left and now we have only 44 days; a mere 7 weeks!
So what has happened in the intervening few days?
Well, firstly Jen and I went out to see the folk at Heidelberg LifeHospital, Suikerbosrand. We were so well received and with such enthusiasm that I think we both left much more motivated than when we arrived. We met with the hospital manager, Cora Muller and Elmien Barnard, Customer Relations Manager. Our purpose was to arrange for our departure from the Hospital precinct. This was immediately agreed to but they went much further and indicated that they would have the road closed, provide tea and coffee on arrival, the possibility of some sponsorship from them as well getting some of the doctors and hospital staff to ride at least the first leg of our ride.
Cora suggested that we pop in to the local cycle shop, Big Blades Cycles, which we did and the owner was more than just enthusiastic and said that he would also try to persuade some of the locals to ride at least some of the way with us. So the momentum is building.
So far we have sponsored cycling gear from Cargo Motors, Build It, Queen’s kit for the last day from Sirocco, and one or two who we are waiting for confirmation from.
We are absolutely thrilled that we will have our first sponsorship and cyclists riding for Hangklip Hoërskool and for Balmoral Girl’s Primary! This is a great step forward in our vision of making a real difference to education in Queenstown.
We still need:
· A confirmed medic to accompany us
· All the outstanding Registration forms
· All the confirmed Sponsor forms
· Final numbers of supporters
· We urgently need kit sizes from those who have not submitted
· We need to know who needs assistance to return to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Johannesburg
· We need to know who needs accommodation in Johannesburg prior to the start of our ride.
There is still space on the road if you know of anyone who may still wish to ride with us.
And, of course, let’s not forget the reason why we do this is to raise funds to transform education in the Queenstown district. There is plenty of space to sponsor a leg, a cyclists, a student. No sponsorship is too small and they all earn section 18A tax certificates.
We have met with the inimitable Mike Boy, and the heads of all the other major schools in Queenstown. They all support what we are doing and it is likely that all the schools will be on the rec the day we arrive. Pupils who ride the last leg will contribute a R10 entry fee and any adults a minimum of R50.
There is no shortage of enthusiasm and support for what we are doing in Queenstown! We are very grateful for that!
Come Ride with us.