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January 2013

Our First Year in Summary:

It was this time last year that we sat down for a meal at Mug and Bean and C4M was born. Our initial goal was to concur the 2012 Old Mutual Joberg2c. We arrived at the start with our 20 wheel chairs in tow and our aim to distribute them along the Joberg2c route. This was hugely supported by the Joberg2c Team and we are so grateful to Glen, Craig & Garry  for allowing us to use the Jober2c as a lunching platform for Cycling for Mobility.  

The ride was wonderful adventure for us and as we rode along from village to village we were adopted by our fellow riders and the work we were doing was so worthwhile and rewarding. On more than one occasion the team was brought to tears by the generosity of our fellow riders and sponsors on route.

In Total during the ride we managed to raise close to R60, 000 - something that really had us beaming with pride!

The memory of our arrival on Scottburgh main beach will remain for us for ever. We arrived to the biggest cheer and our emotions could not be contained. We had succeeded. And to cap it all we had started a legacy that we hope will continue for years to come.

It was not long after the Old Mutual Jober2c that we were soon back on our bikes and this time it was the Now very famous Sani2c.
Once again we had wheel chairs in tow and we were soon recognised by many riders which we had befriend during our jober2c adventure A further 8 wheel chairs were handed out.

The C4M did not have a chance to relax after Sani2c as immediately after the race The C4M Team took over the responsibility of organising The Sappi Scottburgh Mtb race after the previous event organiser withdrew, C4M could not let the community and their sponsor down and it was all hands on deck to organise a wonderful event that’s is growing from strength to strength and is fast becoming a must do race on the South Coast. All the profits from the event went towards the C4M cause.
After a hectic 3 months the Cycling for Mobility team were really exhausted, and a break was needed. 2 months passed and soon it was time for the famous Amashova road race. Once the race office had received Flavio’s entry the organiser Melissa, remembered a chat which we'd had had with her and soon the Amashova race adopted the C4M cause.

We were contacted by the race Media and it was through them that a meeting was arranged with the Post Office who’s courier division XPS was couriering all the Amshova logistics. Through XPS we were able to transport our next consignment of 20 wheel chairs down to us in Umkomaas. After the race we were called up on to the podium where we donated some wheel chairs to the Entabeni School for the Disabled which is on the Amshova race route. We hope that our presence at the race would enable us to spread the word to even a greater area.

Our next challenge was the C4M Road trip which we under took in the middle of November. The team, loaded up with wheelchairs, drove up to Frankfort in the Free state and the next 3 days were spent driving down the joBerg2C route visiting all the race villages and meeting various people where we donated wheel chairs. A great Team building weekend was had.

To end off we would like to thank various people that have made the 1st year of Cycling for Mobility a success.

In no particular order:

  • Glen, Craig & Garry and the joBerg2C Team for allowing us to do our work
  • Bev Rein from Avis car rental who made sure we had wheels to get us up to Joberg to the start of the race.
  • Tim Mac Gregor and his team  from Halfway Toyota – Scottburgh, who always ensured we had a vehicle to transport us to races and on or road trip.
  • Graeme Crookes from Scottfin insurance who made sure our sponsored cars where covered in case of any damage.
  • Di White from the Mid-South Coast Mail who made sure we were in the head lines
  • Shelly from the Rising Sun who kept us in the head lines
  • All the various people that contributed to our cause, especially Nigel Payne , Kevin Evans & David George, Howard Christie, Janice Thomas - all these people mention donated R5, 000 or more!

The list is endless to all our local friends and businesses who assist us in raising funds to buy our initial 20 chairs without your help we could not do this. To Zelda at Sappi who believed in us to put the Sappi Scottburgh Mtb race together.

Thank you to all you  for your help in assisting us  to help the many needy people   We look forward to 2013 and what lies ahead.