Every year at the Absa Cape Epic we have a number of teams that participate to raise funds for various charities. Our Charity Barometer below displays the teams and the total funds raised by the Absa Cape Epic teams. Riders fill out the charity form in the rider zone to see their team listed in our charity barometer. Please support our riders in their efforts to raise money for their chosen charitiesx.
Why Riding: We believe #BicyclesChangeLives. We believe this because bicycles changed our lives. Even if we bike for leisure and pleasure, biking brought us closer, sharing the same goals and same passion, and that is important between brothers.
My brother (Bernard) and I are two Mountain Bike amateurs but passionate. Our team named "Ride for Fun", could have been named easily named "Ride for Them" !
Coming from a large family, we do understand the importance of being supported and helped to get the right Education, integrate the Society and Communities. In South Africa, mobility is a key factor for that. That's why we really feel closed to Qhubeka's values, and want support their cause.
Why Riding: Anna Foundation is my place of work... The primary objective of the organisation is to address the educational and social needs of rural children and to offer these children life-long learning in order to build positive self-worth and self-respect. We reach this objective by means of our 3 R’s Programme: Reading, Running and Righting.
Why Riding: Team Wildfire is two ordinary people who want to make a difference to a group of extra-ordinary individuals. We climb on our mountain bikes and enjoy countless hours riding the mountains that these individuals so selflessly give up their time to protect. Mountain Biking is our way to not only have fun and stay fit, but it is also a way for us to give back doing something we love. Riding on the bike trails we are fortunate enough to experience the beauty of the flora and fauna in our country first hand.
In 2017 we will use our love of mountain biking to raise awareness and funds for the Volunteer Wildfire Services, as we tackle the Absa Cape Epic.
As we go into the hot and dry season, wild fires are a reality and every little bit we can do to help is just a small thank you for all the hard work VWS does.
R50 000.00 is the target but by no means the limit and we need your help!
VWS hold the line between Fire and Fynbos. We’re going to help support it.
Why Riding: During my participation at the race in 2015, we rode across many poor areas but what made our journey fulfilling was seeing hundreds of poor children on the side of the road cheering us up with big smiles on their faces. To them we were heroes bringing some excitements in their life but also someone who could bring them food as they were asking, as we rode amongst them, for our sweets and energy bars.
My heart bled seeing the conditions in which many of these kids live, hence I decided to ride again the Absa Cape Epic to raise money and help these kids to have a better life and a brighter future.
Why Riding: So many of us have or will have a relationship with the Stollery Children's hospital. My wife is on staff and I hate to think that she'd be limited in the care she could give because the hospital can't afford that which is needed.
Why Riding: In 2001 Lambano identified a great need for a family-based home for HIV/AIDS babies in South Africa.
I became involved as a student, was inspired and continued supporting this fruitful sanctuary.
Today Lambano is a permanent home to 28 orphaned or abandoned children who are HIV+ and are also a pediatric Medical Step Down Facility/Hospice consisting of 16 beds which takes in children from government hospitals in Gauteng.
Why Riding: We wish to raise awareness and much needed funds for Operation Smile South Africa.
Every 3 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, and are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile.
Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the continent.
To change one of these children's lives costs approximately R5500.00, for cleft lip or cleft palate operation and follow up care costs.
We hope to raise as much funding as we can to help bring smiles to the faces of children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to have the much needed surgery to transform their lives.
FACTS about children with cleft palates and facial deformities:
- One in 10 of children born with a cleft will die before their first birthday.
- Approximately one in every 1000 babies in Africa is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
- Children with facial deformities who do not receive reconstructive surgery often have difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems.
- Many children with untreated cleft lips and cleft palates develop permanent and significant hearing loss.
- A cleft lip or cleft palate operation and follow up care costs approximately R5500.
- In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child's life forever.
Please help us achieve our target and change a child's life.
Why Riding: I myself have a very rare genetic disease known as Pompe disease, it is a neuromuscular disease resulting from an enzyme deficiency which causes an accumulation of glycogen. It results in progressive muscle weakness, muscle pain and many other issues.
Text books suggest that I shouldn't be capable of doing the things I have been doing - endurance, multi-day events. I am doing these events to create awareness of the many rare diseases out there that doctors are missing and people are being misdiagnosed constantly.
I want to help others gain access to life-saving treatment and supportive care for improved quality of life.