Tour of Light for CANSA – 3 to 10 March 2017
20 January 2017 – A total of 11 cyclists will gather at the Grasmere Plaza just outside Johannesburg on 3 March 2017, to kick off the just over 1 400km ‘Tour of Light’ to Cape Town in support of CANSA. Team Captain and extreme athlete, Annelise Leviens will be setting the pace. “We need to ensure that we all arrive in Cape Town in good shape,” she says.
The tour with it’s back-up vehicles sponsored by Europcar, will see the cyclists ride from Grasmere to Kroonstad on the first day and then on to Bloemfontein on the second. From there they will ride through Colesberg, Richmond, Beaufort West, Matjiesfontein, Paarl and finally end off in Cape Town on 10 March.
Cyclists Overcoming The Cancer Battle
Founder of the Tour, Cecilia Hiemstra who was diagnosed with leukaemia cancer adds, “Although the tour is going to test our fitness and determination, we’ll be riding through some spectacular South African landscapes. Our aim is to spread light and hope to others and raise awareness for CANSA. There are two other cyclists that have conquered cancer, Ray Funnell and Lawrence Brittain, also taking part.”
The Tour includes visits to hospitals and cancer treatment centres on route, including the CANSA Katleho Care Home in Bloemfontein. When the team arrives in Cape Town it will be accompanied by other riders who have overcome cancer, to the finish line at Caffe Neo, opposite the light house in Seapoint.
Please support the cyclists’ efforts to raise awareness of cancer by making an online donation.
Fundraising Gala Dinner
The tour will be concluded with a celebration fundraising gala dinner at the Nitida Restaurant in Durbanville on 10 March. All proceeds of dinner will be donated to CANSA. The guest speaker is South Africa’s hero and inspiration Lawrence Brittain, who overcame Hodgkin’s disease (a form of lymph-node cancer) and won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brittain is also riding the last leg of the Tour into Cape Town on 10 March.