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This year, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum encouraged early bird entrants of the annual Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge to outline the reasons that they are riding for a purpose or a charity and if drawn, they could be the lucky recipient of R50 000 cash for their chosen purpose.

 

Early bird entries closed on 31 March, 2013 and hundreds of motivations were received. Andy Zoepke, whose early bird entry and motivation for his ride for a purpose, was selected for the R50 000 cash prize explained during his interview with 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Breakfast Xpress, that this year he will be riding and raising funds for the Paediatric Burns Unit at Baragwanath Hospital. “This Unit, the surgeons, nurses and support staff do an incredible job in treating and looking after children who have burn injuries. To see these young kids with different degrees of burns, suffering through the pain of surgical procedures, dressing changes and rehabilitation, is a heart wrenching experience,” said Andy.

 

 

He further motivated that the staff remained incredibly efficient, despite sometimes limited resources, and are dedicated to helping the children get back home to their families as soon as possible. “The R50 000 prize money will be used toward making the children’s physiotherapy gym more child- friendly. We will be working toward incorporating play into therapy and a revamped activity area will certainly help,” says Dr. David Kloeck of Baragwanath’s Paediatric Burns Unit. Dr. Kloeck further explained that some of the money will be used for purchasing sanitary pyjamas for the children. Keeping burn wound infection at bay is essential, so pyjamas assigned to the Burns Unit will ensure that each child has a fresh set to wear every night of their stay.

 

The awarded money will also be used for the purchase and installation of much needed heaters for the surgical rooms that are used to dress the children’s wounds. Danie van den Bergh, Head of Brand at Momentum said, “We are very proud of what Ride for a Purpose has achieved and the willingness and support of so many to make a meaningful contribution. Over the last two years approximately R11.3 million has been raised and distributed to over 104 charities registered with the race and many others. “We are particularly glad that the funds raised are shared amongst so many worthwhile causes and that Ride for a Purpose gives everyone a chance to support a cause that may be close or meaningful to them, personally. It is that heart and compassion that we see on race day and what makes the 94.7 so special.” Ravi Naidoo, Programming Manager at 94.7 Highveld Stereo, in turn said “Whether a cyclist rides to raise funds for a charity, in memory of a loved one, to support a good cause or to show that a disability is no impairment to living an active life, the idea is to add another dimension to the event, beyond the physical challenge.

 

 

We fully support and believe in Andy’s selfless purpose, and look forward to him crossing the finish line in November.” Currently in its 17th year, the iconic Momentum 94.7 Cycle challenge has certainly established itself as one of the most celebrated sport events in the country with a whopping 27 000 cyclists taking to the streets of Johannesburg on Cycle Challenge Sunday last year. The renowned festival of cycling kicks off with the Kiddies Ride on Saturday, 9 November and the much sought after Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday, 10 November.

 

The main race will follow on Sunday, 17 November. For more details on the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge and to enter, please visit www.cyclechallenge.co.za or call the Race Office on (011) 017 2700. Follow us on Twitter at @Momentum947 and find us on Facebook on the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge page. Ride for fitness… for yourself… for the challenge. Let’s Ride for a Purpose! Hosted by the City of Joburg- a world class African city!

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