On 1 March 2017, the intrepid cyclists taking part in the 2017 Sun City to Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour arrived at Sun City after completing the second leg of their grueling 2 222 kilometer journey from Meropa Casino in Polokwane to The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town. While they were there, the cyclists handed over 30 new Qhubeka bicycles to villagers in the North West.
“Beyond bringing the absolute joy of cycling, bicycles are a mode of transport. For many of our beneficiaries, it may be a way for them to travel more efficiently, independently and cost effectively,” says Raul de Lima, General Manager at Sun City.
The cyclists have left Sun City and are heading to Flamingo in Kimberley for a handover to local charities there. The Sun City to Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour has been organised annually for the past 15 years by the Sun City Cycling Club. Since inception of the tour, the club has donated about R9-million to various charity organisations. Beneficiaries have included CANSA, The Sun City AIDS Orphanage Housing Project, Sinothando Children’s Home, the Deaf Institute, Moira’s House, Grace Centre for abused Woman and Children, Nazareth House, Saartjie Baardman Centre for Abused Woman and Children and many more charity organisations.
During the 2017 tour, the cyclists will handover donations of more than R600 000 to various charities. Handovers will take place at Meropa (Polokwane), Carousel, Sun City, Flamingo Casino (Kimberley), Golden Valley Casino (Western Cape) on 8 March 2017 and at Table Bay (Western Cape) hotel on 9 March.
The cyclists will not only donate money and products to charity organisations en route to Cape Town, but will also support the World Bicycle Relief Organisation and promote the sport of cycling by donating bicycles to previously disadvantaged individuals.
The 2017 Sun City to Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour includes participants from South Africa, Germany and Austria. Training and preparation started in July last year, as without the necessary preparation riders, will not be able to complete the event. It is not a relay and each participant is expected to cycle the entire distance, covering approximately 220 km per day.
After completing their tremendous 10 stage journey, the cyclists will compete in the prestigious Cape Town Cycle Tour before making their way back to Sun City. The 2017 Charity Cycle Tour is scheduled to be broadcasted on SuperSport in April 2017.