By Gwen Matthews
The Rhodes spinning club has found the perfect way to encourage people to exercise – a ‘cycl-a-thon’. The event began at 8am on Friday, August 22. The aerobics health suit was a hive of activity. Various DJs, DVDs and the rhythmic melody of the GADRA Blind Society marimbas, coupled with the whiff of boerewors rolls, created the perfect atmosphere for the enthusiastic team of cyclists.
“Last year the grand sum made was R6 000, this year we expect a larger amount to be raised as an instructor has already personally raised R2 000,” said a staff member of the health suit. “We’ve come for a purpose,” puffed a spinner during the spin. “It’s great that we can help a charity in need while we’re having fun.”
In its third year, the cycl-a-thon comprised a set of seven cyclists who cycled for twelve hours, representing seven different charities. Care Alicedale charity was represented by Kim O’ Hanlon; Jabez centre for HIV orphans by Nicole Davy; St Anne care centre by Zama Gumede; Quadruplegics Association of South Africa by Nicola Craig; Rape Survivors support group by Jen Thorpe; The Sunflower foundation, for bone marrow research and donation, by Andrew Roberts and the Galela Amanzi initiative by Ricci Pillay. Galela Amanzi turned out to be the the most supported group.
Jono Davy, Head of Indoor Cycling at Rhodes was really pleased with the response, not only from Rhodes but from the greater Grahamstown community.
“After consultation with the management committee, it has been decided that money raised on the day will be split amongst all the charities, with Galela Amanzi getting a larger portion,” he said.