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Mountain biking for local orphanages

Michele du Plessis

Thirty-four learners from the Midstream College in Gauteng and six staff members started their 10-year birthday celebrations in Sabie with a cycle tour to raise funds for two local orphanages. On Mandela Day they visited the children at the two orphanages.

The reason why they decided to start in Sabie is because their headmaster, Dr. Kriek, was schooled in Sabie. The Sabie2Midstream Charity Cycle Challenge is a mountain bike tour starting in Sabie and ending at the Midstream College in Gauteng. Day 1 – Sabie to Lydenburg (65km), Day 2 – Lydenburg to Tonteldoos (65km), Day 3 – Tonteldoos to Loskop Dam (80km), Day 4 – Loskop Dam to Ezemvelo (90km) and Day 5 – Ezemvelo to Midstream (100km). The 450km route will be cycled on dirt roads at an average of 90 km per day.

As a Mandela Day project, they aim to raise R50 000 for the Theresa Willis Home of Hope in Sabie and R50 000 for Emmanuel’s Home in Graskop. These two care centres each house 16 orphaned, vulnerable or abused children between the ages of 2 and 17. Inspired by this initiative, a Gauteng business has already donated R20 000 for ‘fire-proof mattresses’ – a safety requirement of the Department of Social Development. An excited Pastor Phil said, “With the funds raised, much-needed maintenance projects can be completed which we are not able to undertake on our limited budgets which focus primarily on housing, feeding, clothing, and schooling the children”.

Ten local mountain bikers joined the Midstream Team to encourage them on the first leg of their tour.

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