Cycling Carletonville to CPT for CANSA about Support for Survivors & Reducing Risk
19 January 2017: The first quarter of 2017 will see 14 cyclists participating in the Carletonville to Cape Town cycle tour to raise funds and awareness for CANSA in the Association’s 85th anniversary year.
“It’s not just about cycling for these riders,” says Lucy Balona, CANSA’s Head of Marketing and Communication. “Almost without exception, each participant has been affected by cancer in some way. This is their way of making a difference for cancer Survivors by not only raising funds, but also raising awareness of how to lower the cancer risk and to show support for cancer Survivors.”
Balona, who will be taking part says that it’s this type of passion and participation that CANSA will be encouraging on World Cancer Day on Saturday, 4 February. “The theme of the three-year World Cancer Day campaign is ‘We Can, I Can’ and explores how everyone, individually or in teams, can help to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities.”
Riding 1 500 km’s – Cape Town (25 February to 8 March 2017)
Cancer Survivors will be top of mind for the team of riders who are going to cycle close to 1 500km in 12 days. Organiser Navarre Kruger, who is based in Carletonville says that the team, who is funding itself, has raised just over R105 000 through sponsorships and donations.
“We still have a short while to go, and we’re confident that we’ll beat the targets set by the team”, he says. This money will go to CANSA’s care and support services, including the CANSA Care Centre in Carletonville.
The tour, with its two back-up vehicles sponsored by Tempest Car Hire and South32 and support members, will leave Carletonville on 25 February and will arrive in Cape Town on 8 March. After a few days of rest, they will then tackle the Cape Town Cycle Tour on 12 March.
- To see the list of riders and route, please download PDF
The team has been getting fit for the event, with weekly team spinning classes, social rides over weekends and some members successfully completing to date, the Telkom 974 Cycle challenge, PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour, Amashova Durban Classic Race, BestMed Satellite Classic as well as the Springbok Plant Hire Wind Down Challenge.
“The team took time out recently to display their solidarity further for cancer survivors and shaved or sprayed their heads to support #CANSA Shavathon coming up 25 Feb to 3 March 2017.”
Online Donations to Show Support
Generous sponsors to date include South32, Life Occupational Health Services, KWS, Kuvula Trade, Actom, ABB, Ergomax, Amayez and QMuzik.
Balona and Kruger may be contacted for more information on the tour and how to support it on 076 620 6785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org