11 Sept 2019
The Cows cyclists takes tough road for CHOC cancer children
Durban - After riding 650km to raise funds for a young girl battling cancer
last year, Pieter Oberholtzer is in the middle of a similar ride to further
his passion for supporting the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South
The Capetonian retiree started Coastal Patrol Elleny last year to help
Elleny Engelbrecht, who was diagnosed with leukaemia a few days after her
sixth birthday. The mountain bike ride involved riding from Cape Town to
George, a journey of 662km that involved 5458m metres of climbing as
Oberholtzer and George Hamilton hugged the coastal routes.
Oberholtzer's fundraising to help Engelbrecht's families financial pressures
paid dividends, and the youngster has been cleared to go to school after an
intensive chemotherapy campaign.
Encouraged by her progress Oberholtzer has decided to continue his cycle
journey where his ride ended last year, to add more money to the funds that
The Cows raise for CHOC every year.
"The financial burden on the Engelbrecht family is less strenuous and we
decided to launch a similar project to assist other children and their
families with similar challenges," said Oberholtzer.
"We started our ride in George where we stopped last year, and will be
riding to Begha Mouth, east of Port Alfred," he explained.
"The planned route is 666 km over a period of nine days from Saturday 7
September to Sunday the 15th.
"Our team consists of three members, two riders and one person in a support
vehicle. We do not have any sponsors and will fund the project ourselves. We
will be camping at night to keep the costs as low as possible," said
"The fight against cancer is not an easy road and therefore we also do not
take the easy road. We will ride the Seven Passes between George and Knysna,
the Grootrivier Pass, the original Boesmansrivier Pass and many more with
our mountain bikes," he added.
More information about The Cows can be found at
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 the CHOC Childhood Cancer
Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
947 Cycle Challenge in memory of their 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 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 raised well over R30 million 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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Pieter Oberholzer (left) and
George Hamilton (right) visit cancer patient Elleny Engelbrecht. "The
financial burden on the Engelbrecht family is less strenuous and we decided
to launch a similar project to assist other children/families with similar
challenges," said Oberholtzer, who is riding from George to Port Alfred to
raise money for The Cows and their support of the CHOC Childhood Cancer
Foundation of South Africa.
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