On Friday the 13th, twelve intrepid cyclists and supporters from Parys will be braving the eastern Free State winter temperatures and long winding district roads in an attempt to travel from Parys to Clarens by mountain bike.
The 275km route consists mainly of district roads and will be covered over 3 days. The group by will start in Parys on Friday, and travel through Koppies to the first overnight stop at near Heilbron. The 2nd day will be the longest with a 130km ride from Heilbron to Bethlehem. The final day is a relaxed 40km ride from Bethlehem to Clarens.
The adventure is organised by Conquer For Hope in aid of the Lehlohonolo Day Care Centre situated in Tumahole, Parys.
The centre, started by Father Lewis Balink in 2002, provides day care for orphan or vulnerable children ranging from infant to Grade 12. The centre provides food, art classes and education to the children on a daily basis.
The centre is in desperate need of ablution facilities for the 65 children and teachers. Thanks to donations from abroad the Lewis Balink Foundation is able to start building a portion of the planned facilities, but require additional funding to complete it.
The Parys cycling community is hoping to provide a financial contribution to the Lewis Balink Foundation in order to continue the good work they are doing at the Lehlohonolo Day Care Centre.
The total distance over the three days is roughly 275km. The cyclists are asking members of the public to support the cause with a pledge of R1 for every km. They are challenging businesses or non-profit organisations to contribute R5 per km or more.
Those who would like to pledge their support or find out more can email firstname.lastname@example.org.