N3TC Drak Challenge
The Cows gather a herd for the Drak Challenge
Underberg – The fun-loving sport fanatics who make up The Cows have set
their sights on the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon in the Southern
Drakensberg on 20 and 21 January, aiming to add momentum to their national
fundraiser for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
After launching a 'Paddling Herd' at the Fish Marathon in October, The Cows
are hoping to establish a sizeable group for the popular two day race
through Underberg, and to create critical momentum that will carry them
through the rest of the summer paddling season, including the FNB Dusi
Marathon in mid-February.
"We are heading into classic dairy country, so it makes sense that we try
and establish a big herd for the N3TC Drak Challenge," said The Cows
"From a handful of Cows taking part in the FNB Dusi last year, we got a
great Herd together at the Fish, and more importantly, plenty of other
curious paddlers were asking about how to join in," she said. "Now is their
The Cows celebrate their tenth anniversary this year, and are aiming to
raise R10 million for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation to commemorate
this milestone. They support CHOC Houses at major hospitals around the
country that allow children receiving treatment for cancer to stay with
The black and white cow-patterned rash vests and paddling shorts were an
instant hit at the Fish Marathon, and now paddlers are being invited to join
the Paddling Herd, which has a strong emphasis on fun and camaraderie.
"The organisers of the N3TC Drak have been fabulous to us, so we can offer a
lot to paddlers that join the Paddling Herd," said Daisy.
Each paddler needs to commit to raising R5000,00 during the calendar year,
which is usually done through a GivenGain online account, ensuring that
every cent raised goes to CHOC.
The paddler receives a rash vest and paddling shorts in the famous Cow
livery, and a lot of added benefits at the Drak Challenge.
"We have been given a Cows batch on both days, so that all the Berg bovines
that want to paddle together can enjoy each other's company, and give it
horns," said Daisy.
"We will meet for a pre-race graze at The Grind in Underberg, where the
members of the Paddling Herd taking part in the race will get a burger or
pizza and a glass of wine or a beer," she added.
"We are also so excited that the organisers of the FNB Drak Music Experience
have given us a 'Paddock' right at the front row of the music concert at the
Country Club on Saturday afternoon so we can moo our appreciation to Matthew
Mole and the other musicians," she said.
Daisy confirmed that paddlers who were already part of the Paddling Herd
through their involvement in the last Dusi and Fish Marathons were welcome
to take up a place in The Cows batch and enjoy the other benefits at the
Paddlers simply need to enter via the race website and then email Daisy on
firstname.lastname@example.org to register for
the Paddling Herd.
The N3TC Drak Challenge starts at Castleburn on Saturday 20 January with a
24 kilometre stage to Sinister Pool, just above the Swartberg Road Bridge. The
second stage on Sunday 21 January is 36 kilometres finishing at Early Mist Farm close to Coleford
resort. More information can be found at
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The N3TC Drak Challenge 2018 Logo - JPeg
Gords Reid (left) and Brett
Challenor helped found the Paddling Herd of The Cows at the 2017 FNB Dusi,
and are appealing to paddlers to join The Herd at the 2018 N3TC Drak
Part of the big group of
paddlers that took part in the recent Fish River Canoe Marathon in the
colours of The Cows. "They were such a hit that so many paddlers asked how
they can join. Now is their chance," said Daisy, the co-ordinator of The
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