The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is more than just a cycle race, it is a platform for people to do something great. Whether they are achieving a personal goal, like the many novices who tackle the 94.7km route, or supporting a charity by raising funds and awareness under the banner of Ride for a Purpose; or helping others who need a boost out on the route, this is an event that allows participants and supporters alike to be more, to be better and to make themselves and the whole of Joburg, proud.
Last year, over R15,2 million was raised through riders who took on extraordinary rides, to help generate funds that will enable 116 organisations to continue, and even escalate, the work that they do, which reaches far and wide across South Africa.
Among these super-riders are some stand outs, including Jeff Hudson, who won this year’s Blue Jersey, which goes to the individual who raises the most money. Jess tallied an astonishing R660 000 which went to Stepping Stones Hospice. Another inspirational individual is Sienna Riccardi, who is a mere 12 years old and managed to raise over R58 000 for her cause – the CHOC Cows.
The CHOC Cows celebrated their 10th year of Riding for a Purpose in 2017, having started their mooovement with a handful of cyclists who rode the Cycle Challenge in 2007. They were the organisation that raised the most funds in total, for the third year running, with a phenomenal total over R2,8 million.
It takes commitment to ride 94.7kms through Joburg but it takes something even more special, to ride the distance – and sometimes ride twice that distance as many charity riders do the double lap – for a cause that is greater than ourselves.
Through the fundraising efforts of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge, children will be fed, and learners will be better educated. Sick and suffering people will have better access to treatment and care, victims of abuse will receive support and love – and these are just some of the many whose lives are improved thanks to the efforts of Cycle Challenge riders.
If you love making a difference, 947 loves you!