Covid-19 brought life – and most businesses – to an unprecedented standstill.
Shops shuttered, airlines stalled, and the immediate halt of travel and tourism brought the broader hospitality industry to its knees.
Like veritable beachfront cottages in a tsunami, restaurants have been among the first, most cherished, and hardest hit businesses in the pandemic, and notably we have experienced the loss of many jobs; the ripple effect has affected other businesses connected to the hospitality industry and also organisations who relied heavily on the patronage of restaurant-goers.
One of them is StreetSmart South Africa with whom I have been associated for the last 15 years and for which I have raised funds by riding the Absa Cape Epic in 2017 and 2018 as well as Wines2Whales in 2019.
StreetSmart South Africa raises funds for street children’s education, skills training, and family reunification programmes, in partnership with restaurants, beneficiary organisations, and sponsors. Eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is a smart and responsible way to help a street child. #EatOutHelpOut in a StreetSmart restaurant can make a difference.
Hence I have committed to ride some races this year and raise much-needed funds for this organisation.
My quest will start the first week of March with the "109-for-109 Charity Challenge" which will follow the Cape Town Cycle Tour route.
In May I will be riding 36ONE MTB Challenge, the half version, 180.5KM starting and finishing in Oudtshoorn.
In July I will be taking part in the Tour De Tuli, starting and finishing at Mapungubwe National Park and traversing into Botswana and Zimbabwe over 4 days of riding.
November will be the time to ride Wine2Whales, "SwitchBack" a well-known and established three days mountain bike race, in its 12th year, from Somerset West to Hermanus; for the first time, the route will be SwitchBack therefore I will ride from Hermanus to Somerset West.
Finally, in December, the big one.............. The Munga MTB labeled as "the toughest mountain bike race on earth; 1150km from Bloemfontein to Wellington with a time limit of 5 days!!!!!
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A wholeheartedly THANK YOU