It’s time to take your children’s bicycles out of the garage, check the tyres and brakes, and make sure their helmets still fit properly because the annual ToyZone Kids’ Cycle Race at Melrose Arch is around the corner! The ToyZone Kids’ Cycle Race is taking place on Sunday, 26 May, 2019 on the Piazza and families are guaranteed a fun day out while raising money for Melrose Arch’s charity partner, the Smile Foundation.
No one is too young to enter and expert cycling skills aren’t required – all the future Tour De France cyclists need is a set of wheels, lots of enthusiasm and a proud parent who’ll reward them with hugs and kisses at the end. Entries are open to children aged between three months and 13 years, in four age categories:
Ducklings – three months to three years
Bunnies – four to six years
Foxes – seven to nine years
Lions – 10 to 13 years
Prams, scooters, tricycles and bicycles are welcome, and parents may accompany their children around the circuit or, in the case of Foxes and Lions, cycle with them. Please remember that helmets are compulsory – no helmet, no ride.
Registration opens at 8am, with the first race, the Ducklings, taking place at 9am. (Parents can register their children an hour before their respective age categories.) The Bunnies will line up at the start at 9.45am, the Foxes will depart at 10.30am and the Lions will set off at 11.15am. The Ducklings will cycle one lap of 1,2km, Bunnies two laps, Foxes three laps and Lions five laps.
Every entrant will receive a goodie bag and a medal upon completion of the race, and there will be spot prizes up for grabs throughout the morning. There will also be lucky draws in which two Diamondback bicycles can be won. Once children have finished cycling, there will be plenty of fun kids’ activities on the Piazza.
“The ToyZone Kidsʼ Cycle Race is one of our favourite events at Melrose Arch,” says Mike Vermaak, MD of Melrose Arch. “It’s wonderful to see so many children having a good time and there’s always a great atmosphere on the precinct. The children’s cycle race offers families an opportunity to relax and have fun in a safe environment while contributing to a worthy cause.”
To enter, go to www.smilefoundation.co.za. Participants can also enter on the day. Entries cost R100 each.
All proceeds will be donated to the Smile Foundation, a South African NGO that assists children with treatable facial anomalies such as facial paralysis, cleft lip and cleft palate, cranofacial abnormalities, as well as ear, nose and hand conditions, and burn wounds. Based in 11 academic hospitals in South Africa, the Smile Foundation invests in the teams they work with, through a skills development programme, and they assist the hospitals by purchasing equipment for use by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
For more information, please contact organisers Tanya van der Merwe on 082 324 1399 or Denise Modlin on 083 250 2514.