The Cows rally support for national 12 Hour Lockdown Challenge
Durban - National lockdown and the mass scrapping of sporting events have
not slowed down the group of fund-raising sporting enthusiasts The Cows,
which has decided to host a national twelve hour marathon on Saturday asking
supporters to complete thirty minutes of sporting activity in their own
homes as part of a co-ordinated national event.
Run by the organiser of the KZN Herd Iris Varty, the participants can book a
thirty minute time slot anytime between 6am and 6pm, for which they have to
make a R30 donation to the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa
through a special GivenGain account.
“It is open to absolutely anyone, you don’t have to be a member of The Cows
or anything like that,” said Varty. “There are so many videos of people
doing unusual workouts at home during the lockdown. Now we want everyone to
come together to do whatever workout they want to, and do it for a really
“Run around the garden for thirty minutes, ride your bike in the garden or
your static trainer, do yoga, go for a walk, play golf – anything is allowed
in the 12 Hour Lockdown Challenge!” she explained.
The Cows have set up a Facebook Group for the event with all the details.
Anyone wanting to be part of the national campaign should email Varty on
Participants will be allowed to upload their photos or videos of their
thirty minute activity onto the page, and prizes will be awarded to the
“The lockdown has really managed to bring this country together, even if has
done this by keeping us apart, she added.
“One of the consequences of the lockdown is that a number of sporting events
that The Cows regularly use to raise money for CHOC have been cancelled,
like the Two Oceans this weekend. That has meant that the income that CHOC
derives from The Cows to run their CHOC Houses at hospitals where kids are
getting cancer treatment is drying up.
“So this way we all get to exercise, have fun, connect online, and most
importantly through each of our small donations, we are helping our little
heroes,” she explained.
Varty herself will be busy all day on Saturday as her enthusiasm to run the
national twelve hour project has led to several donors offering to make
substantial donations for each half-hour she is on her static bike at her
“I guess that will mean twelve hours on the bike for me on Saturday!” she
The event Facebook group can be found at
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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Iris Varty (right) and her
daughters Julia and Lauren preparing for Saturday's 12 Hour Lockdown
Challenge with The Cows to raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer
Foundation. "Anyone can take part," says Varty. "All it takes is thirty
minutes of some form of activity between 6am and 6pom ion Saturday and a R30
domination to CHOC.
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