Johannesburg: The likes of Maps Maponyane are shaking off the cobwebs from winter and welcoming spring by getting into the saddle for a marathon spin session. But it’s all for a good cause, and you can join them, as they raise funds for children in need of reconstructive surgery and educational development in the annual Sasfin Cyclethon, proudly hosted by Melrose Arch, in support of both Smile Foundation and HospiceWits.
The cyclethon takes place on Sunday 6 September 2016 at the Piazza at Melrose Arch, and will see the celebs in the hot seat for hours as they challenge each other as well as willing members of the public to sweat it out and feel the burn as they do their bit for charity. Also lending a hand is well-known paracyclist and professional spinning instructor, Irish Matcheke, who will help lead the sessions on the day. Sessions are an hour long, and the public is welcome to do as many sessions as they wish.
As the headline sponsor, “Sasfin believes in going beyond – whether in business or for the communities in which we operate. Sasfin has supported the Smile Foundation and Hospice Wits for a number of years and we are thankful for the opportunity to do so once again. We call on the greater Johannesburg to also go beyond and come and pedal to change lives. Now in our second year of our sponsorship, we have seen the amazing benefit that both organisations are able offer to the people they serve as a result of this event and we hope that businesses, friends and families join us in spending the day, or even just an hour, making a difference,” Says Cathryn Pearman, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sasfin.
The 2015 Sasfin Cyclethon generated a total sum of R 358,798.86 (after expenses), which was evenly distributed between the Smile Foundation and HospiceWits.
“HospiceWits will again utilise the funds raised from the Cyclethon to provide early childhood development to the orphans and vulnerable children of our patients in Soweto. We are very proud of this project and the opportunity it affords young children to get a good start in life, and to grow and reach their full potential under circumstances that could have otherwise led them to a hopeless future,” says Joy Ruwodo, Marketing Manager of HospiceWits.
“The people of Joburg are so generous with their support of this meaningful event, which has really become a firm favourite with families year in and year out. Not only is it a great way to celebrate the start of spring and getting healthy, but it helps generate funds that make a genuine, tangible difference in children’s lives, and I couldn’t think of anything that could be more rewarding than that,” says Hedley Lewis, Finance and Fundraising Executive of Smile Foundation.
Kick start your spring with a spinning workout for a good cause! Enter online at www.ticketpros.co.za or get down to the Piazza at Melrose Arch early on the day to register and book your spot. Entries cost just R160 per bike per hour, and the cyclethon runs from 7am to 1pm.
Click here to see all the action from previous cyclethons.
ABOUT SMILE FOUNDATION:
We’re About Putting Smiles on the Faces of Children in South Africa.
Smile Foundation is a South African NGO that assists children with anomalies that require facial reconstructive surgery. We help children who suffer from treatable facial anomalies such as Cleft Lip and Palate, burns, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis), Microtia (underdeveloped ears) and other conditions. We are currently based in 7 Academic Hospitals around South Africa. We are investing in the medical teams we work with, through a Skills Development programme, and we assist the hospitals by purchasing equipment for use by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Our Chief Patron, the late honourable Nelson Mandela’s wish was for us to assist as many children around South Africa as possible to alleviate the stigma attached to living with a facial condition. For more information, contact Smile Foundation on www.smilefoundation.co.za or 0861 276 453.
HospiceWits loves and cares for individuals diagnosed with life threatening illness.
We offer support and guidance to our patients and their families.
We welcome all who need us and no one is turned away regardless of age, race, religion or financial circumstances. We are a non-profit, charity organisation. We rely on the participation & support of corporates & individuals to raise funds and continue to grow our services.
HospiceWits serves the greater Johannesburg area, North, South and Soweto.
There is no end to our caring.
ABOUT MELROSE ARCH AND ITS INVOLVEMENT:
Melrose Arch General Manager Mike Vermaak confirms that the business’ desire to give comfort to those in need is an essential imperative in relation to its standing in Johannesburg. “Sustainability is a key focus of the precinct, whether on a development level or the lifestyle we offer to those who live, work, shop or play on the precinct. The opportunity to support an initiative that improves the quality of life -through palliative care- is both a privilege and a joy. Our hope is that this event will become a major part of the annual charity calendar, enabling the people of the city to contribute meaningfully to uplifting and sustaining the social economy, helping people that they may never get to know.”