Red Cap Foundation Media Release

 No: redcap1303

26 Nov 2013

Embargo : None

 Written By : Pierre Tostee


Ride for RedCap Foundation finishes in style!

Durban - Plenty of team spirit and countless hours of training and preparation enabled twenty avid cyclists to complete one of South Africa’s most gruelling charity cycling rides, the Ride for RedCap.

On Monday, November 25 the weary cyclists arrived to an excited crowd of well wishers at the Mr Price head office after cycling from Johannesburg to Durban in less than 48 hours.

It’s a phenomenal achievement for the cyclists as the two day endurance ride features a stage longer than any one day stage of the Tour de France.

“There were a few punctures and mechanicals, but otherwise it was another brilliant Ride for RedCap,” said Kelvin du Sart, the Mr Price Sport Cycle Club Chairman, who is responsible for the logistics and the safety of the riders.

“The cyclists were highly motivated by everyone’s support and the encouragement from friends and family as well as the support received on Twitter. The Durban Metro Police were brilliant all the way from Botha’s Hill to Durban. Everything went to plan and I’m a hundred percent happy with how the ride went. We’ll all definitely be back next year!”

The two youngest riders, fifteen year old twins Gareth and Darren Marquiss, were all smiles at the end of the gruelling two day ride. “About halfway through the ride it became a little difficult but we’ll certainly be back again next year!”

The endurance ride is in it’s fourth year, and was previously known as the Double Triple Charity Challenge. Proceeds raised for the cycle ride will be channeled into the RedCap Foundation, specifically the JumpStart Programme. As the programme’s name suggests JumpStart aims to give jobless matriculants a ‘jump start’ in life by helping them become skilled and employable.

Marc Eslick, the RedCap Foundation Manager, expanded on the enormous effect that this ride will have on the JumpStart programme. “We are extremely grateful for the commitment that each of the riders has shown in completing this gruelling two day journey from Johannesburg to Durban. Our JumpStart program is going to benefit tremendously from the fundraising efforts that these riders have put in. Their two days of discomfort is contributing massively towards making young jobless South Africans more employable.”

Last year an incredible R115,000 was raised for the RedCap Foundation’s JumpStart programme and already over R75,000 has been raised during this years two day cycle with more donations still to be processed.

A big thank you must be said to all the sponsors who helped the cyclists push human performance boundaries to the limits. Co-ee, Wimpy Standerton, Wimpy Volksrust and Wimpy Mooi River and especially Leon Crous, Nick Shave and Leon Grobler who donated R5,000.00 each to have their company name on the cycle shirts.

For more information about the RedCap Foundation and the JumpStart programme log on to www.redcapfoundation.org

The 2013 Ride for RedCap cyclists in alphabetical order:
Andrew Kenny, Ben Msimang, Brad Rowlett, Brenda Potts, Brent Henegan, Clynt Lund, Craig Jones, Darrell Seed, Darren Marquiss, Dave Bure, David Duke, David Yapp, Gareth Marquiss, Graham Daniel, Jonathan Morse, Keagan Matthews, Leon Crous, Leon Grobler, Luke Goodrich, Mike Viljoen, Nick Shave, Ryan Ambler-Smith. Ryan Katz.

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High spirits. David Yapp (left) and Jonathan Morse (right), part of the RedCap foundation group of road cyclists who pedalled 640km to raise funds in the Ride For RedCap initiative. Pierre Tostee/
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Endurance. Cyclists in a tight peleton round a bend approaching Durban during the challenging Ride for RedCap which raised over R75 000 for the RedCap Foundation. Pierre Tostee/
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After two tough days in the saddle riders complete the Ride for Redcap endurance cycle in central Durban. The fundraiser will contribute R75 000 to the RedCap Foundation. Pierre Tostee/
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The 640km Ride for RedCap ended in Durban on Monday. Over R75,000 was raised for the RedCap Foundation which will go the Foundation’s Jumpstart programme to assist unemployed youth with work experience in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Pierre Tostee/
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