Pinetown schoolboy stars at 100 Miles of Nowhere
Westville - Pinetown schoolboy Jayden Moolman emerged as the unsung hero
from the recent gruelling 100 Miles of Nowhere charity bike ride on static
training bikes held by The Cows.
The gusty 13 year old pupil from St Benedicts is a keen member of Westville
Cycling club, and takes on road races and mount bike events whenever he can.
He got his first taste of 100 Miles Of Nowhere last year when he stepped in
to help out teams at the Westville Cadence Cycle Performance Centres.
This year he committed to raising the R1000 needed to secure a bike for
annual fundraiser for a team of his friends calling themselves "The Calves".
Starting with R250 from his pocket money, he rallied together family friends
and colleagues, and together with local businesses, he managed to raise over
R5000, including securing R3000 from local business Panel Rite Autobody
He and his fellow team mates rode courageously and completed the 160
kilometres in an impressive time.
That Friday night was also the annual ROAG prize giving where Moolman was
due to get the prize for finishing third sub-junior in the series. Not only
did he miss that function to be able to ride the 100 Miles of Nowhere, but
he also gave his cash prize to the CHOC fundraiser as well.
"Jayden has the right attitude to his cycling," said his proud mother Janice
Moolman. "He believes in having fun and believes in good sportsmanship
always... on a good or bad day! He also wants to use his talent for
"Sometimes the real heroes of an event like this come from unexpected
places," said organiser of the KZN Herd of The Cows Iris Varty.
"The Calves are such a clear reminder of what we set out to do as The Cows.
To have a lot of fun, yes, but more importantly to go that extra mile doing
what we love to be able to make a difference to children battling cancer.
Jayden was the hero of the day!"
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About 100 Miles of Nowhere
The event was first done in 2008 by an American blogger Eldon Nelson who
goes by the name of the Fatcyclist or Fatty. The original event was a
personal challenge for Fatty during his wife’s treatment for cancer. He did
the first 100 Miles of Nowhere by himself, on a set of rollers in his
garage. Before he knew it, his blog followers wanted to join him and do the
event and so it become an annual and international event.
The next year — and every year after that — hundreds of people have done it.
The event has since grown and there are participants across the globe. The
Fatcyclist edition has an entry field of 500 who sign up and pay/donate to
Fatty’s chosen charity. He used the interest in his challenge to raise more
funds and awareness for cancer foundations. The idea is to complete a
century in the most mundane and mind-numbingly painful way, to match the
mind-numbing and painful repetition of chemotherapy and radiation for
The first South African version of the 100 Miles Of Nowhere was held in 2011
when a group of ten of The Cows completed the challenge as part of their
year-round fundraising for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists
keen to make a difference and raise funds for CHOC. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
94.7 Cycle Challenge in memory of their little daughter, Jessica, who had
recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a
significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of
Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the
decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to
don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to an incredible 140 energetic
cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all
riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy
dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing
cow suits. The Cows have just broken through the R29 million mark of funds
raised for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is
prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is
able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer
throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love
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Pinetown schoolboy Jaden Moolman
(left) who raised over R5000 for The Cows during the recent 1200 Miles Of
Nowhere, with his proud mother Janice. " "He believes in having fun and
believes in good sportsmanship always," she said.
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