Kiddies ride for hospice

Whilst the adults are still hibernating and contemplating whether they should or should not take up the challenge of the annual 947 Telkom Cycle Challenge, our kiddies are stepping up and committing to ride for a purpose.

Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services has been participating in this cycle event since 2014, having raised thousands of rand through the efforts of their cycling team. This year, as a first, they now boast with three entries into the Telkom 947 Kiddies Ride, scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 November 2018 at the Riversands Commercial Park.

Craig van Eeden (8) from Meyersdal and siblings Liam (6) and Isla du Toit (7) from Kempton Park, are the proud, first Stepping Stone Hospice entrees in the Ride, with the distances varying between 1km and 5km and the age groups 2 - 10 years.

The Kiddies Ride offers a wonderful adventure with closed off routes where children with different skills levels get to experience an exciting day out where winning is not the main focus, as everyone is a winner! All finishers receive a T-shirt, medal and goodie bag to celebrate their participation, and are able to enjoy some time together off their bicycles at the Spur Fun Zone!

The main race, now in its 22nd year, takes place on the Sunday 18 November where "the sting has been taken out of the tail!" Organizers have decided to REVERSE the route to make the ride fresh, exciting and more enjoyable!

"We want to thank the 30 cyclists, including our Kiddies, who have already chosen Stepping Stone Hospice as their Charity for this year's event. We appreciate your support and truly see it as a vote of confidence in the work we do," says Judy Joubert, team leader of the Stepping Stone Hospice Cycling team.

Craig van Eeden

Craig van Eeden

Craig van Eeden (8) from Meyersdal… this will be the 2nd time he competes in the Kiddies Ride, but a 1st riding for a charity.

Liam du Toit

Liam du Toit

Liam du Toit (6) from Kempton Park

Isla du Toit

Isla du Toit

Liam's sister Isla du Toit(7)

"As for those who are still considering Riding for a Purpose, we would love nothing more than to welcome you to our team! We are working hard to reach our goal of 100 riders in the Stepping Stone Hospice Charity team. Just a gentle reminder when you register online to add Stepping Stone Hospice as a Charity Bond. Once done, to also send your details to Judy Joubert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.," Judy explains.

The hospice cyclists in the main race and mountain bike race are required to raise a minimum amount of R1 500 for Stepping Stone Hospice, payable by mid November 2018. The Kiddies are asked to raise a minimum of R300 each.

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