Cyclists tackling thousands of kilometres for charity

Boyd and Philip in the colourful gear they will be wearing during their challenge.
Boyd and Philip in the colourful gear they will be wearing during their challenge.

A group of four local cyclists are attempting a fundraising cycle on the roads of our country for the Smile Foundation.
On 14 October 2017, they will be leaving for a cycle trip to Durban with the last leg of their event being the 106 km Amashova Cycle Race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 22 October. Two of the cyclists, Boyd Smit and Jannie de Wet, are seasoned in this type of event and then there are two ‘newbies’, one being a female rider, Amanda de
Wet, and Philip Viljoen.
Boyd and Jannie have already travelled a few thousand kilometres across the country on various fundraising initiatives over the past few years and have raised substantial amounts of money for charity.
The focus point is to make this ride with a smile and raise awareness of the good work done by the Smile Foundation while attempting to raise funds for the organisation.
The Smile Foundation is a South African NGO that assists children with any type of facial or other conditions, to receive reconstructive surgery in South Africa.
It helps children who suffer from treatable facial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate, all burns, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis) and other conditions.
The team will tackle the road from Carletonville to Durban, covering a total distance of 708 km in the week to follow. It will also be a challenge of note in that the group intends to do it without any backup assisting them on the route.
The cyclists will cover 86 km on their first day when they ride from Carletonville
to Sasolburg.
On Tuesday, 17 October, they will take on their longest ride – 111 km from Reitz to Harrismith.
As if the distance on the route is not enough, the Amashova race is also 106 km long.
Readers who would like to find out more about the Smile Foundation of SA or wish to contribute toward this initiative, can contact www.smilefoundationsa.org, Boyd Smit at 083 564 5344, Chloe Torr at chloe@smilefoundationsa.org or Florence Mesa at florence@smilefoundationsa.org.

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