The 1965Ride raises R600 000 for education

THE 1965RIDE RAISES R600 000 FOR EDUCATION

The 2013 edition of the 1965Ride has raised just over R600 000 for education, bringing the total raised over the past three years to just on R1,4 million.

Now in its third year, the 1965Ride is an 850km, nine day cycle tour between Johannesburg and Queenstown. It is undertaken annually by a group of passionate amateur cyclists who believe in doing something constructive to secure the educational future of talented but disadvantaged students.

Undertaken under the auspices of the Queen’s College Foundation whose vision is to transform the greater Queenstown district into a centre of educational excellence, the 1965Ride’s focus is to establish an educational bursary trust for deserving students who wish to attend either Queen’s College, Queenstown Girl’s High School, Hangklip Hoërskool, Queen’s College Boy’s Junior School, Balmoral Girl’s Junior School and Hangklip Laerskool.

The Queenstown district is in the heart of the Eastern Cape, a region in desperate need of support, particularly in the area of education.

Participating cyclists all had to raise a minimum of R25 000 in sponsorship to be able to join the Ride. Most cyclists raised well in excess of this amount.

The Ride took place from 10 – 18 April this year, with 14 cyclists starting in Heidelberg, on the outskirts of Johannesburg.  On Day One the group was joined by doctors and staff of Life Healthcare Hospital Suikerbosrand, Heidelberg.  The group was joined by additional cyclists along the way and on the last day over a hundred cyclists, including teachers and parents from some of the  above-mentioned schools, crossed the finish line.

Says 1965Ride organiser, Tony Frost: “We are thrilled that our pedalling efforts of the last three years have raised close on R1,4 million.

“The Trust is already supporting four learners at Queen’s College, and we look forward to awarding more bursaries in the years ahead.”

For the second year running, in order to broaden the reach of the event to people who would like to participate but were not able to ride, the cyclists were joined by a team of walkers, who each walked 101km in five days in and around Queenstown. The walkers finished their walk at the same time as the cyclists and all were met at the Rec Stadium by hundreds of pupils of the participating schools.

Note:

The dates for the 2014 edition of the 1965Ride are Wednesday 2 to Thursday 10 April.  For more information, visit www.ridethe1965ride.wordpress.com or contact Tony Frost on 083 325 0922

 

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