03 October 2013

Cycle to make a child smile

The annual cyclethon to raise funds for the Hospice Wits and Smile Foundation will take place in Johannesburg on 5 October.

The Kia cyclethon is to take place in Johannesburg on 5 October to raise funds to help children smile.

All proceeds will go to the Hospice Wits and Smile Foundation.

This year’s event will offer a unique physical challenge – The “Most Kilometre” challenge.  The cyclist who cycles the most kilometres in an hour over the nine hours will win R5 000. There will be both a male and female category.

In addition, Discovery Vitality members participating in this event will earn 500 Discovery Vitality points. 

Smile Foundation is a South African NGO that assists children with any type of facial conditions and to receive free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery within the country.

The executive chairperson of the Smile Foundation, Marc Lubner, said: “Each year this event gets bigger and bigger and we get a chance to change the lives of even more children as it grows.

“We encourage the public to sweat for a cause and make a child smile.”

Hundreds of individuals diagnosed with terminal illness have been cared for by HospiceWits.

The marketing manager of Hospice Wits, Joy Ruwodo said: “Our current objective is to double our patient numbers and the support of sponsors, donors and participants in the cyclethon goes a long way towards helping us to achieve this.”

The cycleton will take place at the Piazza at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg from 07:00 to 16:00

The cost of participation is R150 per bike per hour.

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