Ride for Stepping Stone Hospice
Taking up the challenge to ride for Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in the 947 Cycle Challenge in November this year, is hospice’s very own Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Marietjie Tame. At the age of 55 with absolutely no previous experience of road racing, she says she is up for it and has already started her training.
The race, now in its 20th year, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 20 November with its starting point at Riversands in Johannesburg North. It’s a tough route but beyond the physical challenge, many cyclists, such as Marietjie, will be riding for a purpose and making a difference to others through their ride. Last year, over R600 000 was raised by the Stepping Stone Hospice team as a fundraiser for Stepping Stone.
Another sum like this would help fast-track the proposed extension of the hospice’s existing In-Patient Unit in New Market Park. “Demand for hospice care has increased dramatically,” explains Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice, “so funds raised from the 2016 Cycle Challenge will be directed towards a 505sqm addition to our existing In-Patient Unit. Our unit currently has 8 wards, two of which can cater for long-term patients. However, we want to add on family rooms that can cater for a family member to sleep over with his/her loved one, especially in cases where the patients are very young.”
Marietjie is challenging all other novice cyclists to join the team. One of the big advantages of cycling for Stepping Stone Hospice is the favourable charity starting time (between 05:45 – 09:15), which helps novice cyclists who don’t have a seeding and would like to start a little earlier than the average novice cyclist.
If you’d like to be on ‘Team Stepping Stone’, all you need to do is:
- Step 1: Register at cyclechallenge.co.za
Stepping Stone Hospice is looking for as many riders as possible to take up the cause. You can make a difference!
Training in earnest, Stepping Stone Hospice’s Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Marietjie Tame.