Attendees at this year’s HospiceWits and Smile Foundation Cyclethon powered by Takeda will witness renowned instructor Danny Blumberg, attempt a six-hour world record standing out of the saddle.
The HospiceWits Smile Foundation Cyclethon is on 8 September 8am to 5pm at the Piazza in Melrose Arch shopping centre. Apart from raising funds for HospiceWits and the Smile Foundation, Blumberg is attempting the world record to celebrate his 10th year as an instructor.
“This is a superb event. It is a great opportunity to break a record and raise additional funds for the two charities,” he said.
Alongside Blumberg will be three internationally renowned South African athletes, who will be cycling for nine-consecutive hours. They are South African rower and former Olympic medalist Ramon di Clemente, Paralympic medalist Erick Kapp and Olympic rower Hayley Arthur.
Apart from seeing athletes in action, you’ll be able to cycle with your favourite celebrities during Celebrity Hour from 1pm to 2pm. The hour will be presented by local television and radio personality Ursula Stapelfeldt.
All proceeds will go to HospiceWits and the Smile Foundation. HospiceWits will use the funds to repair and maintain Greendale House, their inpatient facility for the care and treatment of terminally ill patients.
The Smile Foundation will use the funds to help children, who are waiting for plastic and reconstructive surgery, to be able to smile.
“This year we’re aiming to make the event bigger and better than ever. We encourage the public to join us on the day for a fun-filled event to raise funds for two very worthy charities,” said Marc Lubner, executive chairman and co-founder of the Smile Foundation.
Joy Ruwodo, HospiceWits marketing manager said last year’s event raised R277 000 and it was hoped that this year R1.2 million would be raised.
‘’This can be achieved through your support by attending the event to come and cycle or make a general donation towards our cause,” she said.
Event details: Cyclelab