School Raises Over R1 Million in Spinathon To Help Uplift "Township Community"
Photo Cred: Bishops Diocesan College | Supplied

Bishops Diocesan College’s 24-hour spinathon raised over R1 million for the VUSA Rugby & Learning Academy in Langa.


Western Cape, South Africa (07 September 2023) – In a heartwarming display of endurance, generosity, and community spirit, Bishops Diocesan College once again proved that they are more than just an educational institution.

They are a force for positive change, a beacon of hope, and a symbol of what can be achieved when a group of dedicated individuals comes together for a common cause.

Over 400 pupils and members of the Bishops Diocesan College school community recently embarked on a 24-hour spinathon effort that not only pushed their physical limits but also raised over R1 million for the VUSA Rugby & Learning Academy in Langa.

The third annual Vusa Cycle Challenge, proudly sponsored by Investec, saw Bishops boys, staff, Old Diocesans, and parents uniting with unwavering determination to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

The VUSA NGO, which means “Awaken” is dedicated to uplifting three registered ECD Centres and five primary schools in Langa. Their mission is to provide numeracy and literacy programs, along with an afterschool initiative that offers nutritious meals and a safe haven for children in need. Additionally, they offer a grassroots rugby program, which not only teaches the sport but also provides a healthy pastime for the youngsters.

One individual who left an indelible mark on the event was ultra-endurance cyclist Grant Lottering. He undertook a solo ride for the entire 24-hour challenge, inspiring everyone present with his incredible commitment.

Lottering shared, “The event tested my physical limits, but I knew that every kilometre I covered offered a brighter future for the children of Langa through the donations received.”

His story of resilience and determination after a near-fatal cycling accident in Italy a decade ago has made him an inspiration to many, raising millions for charities in the process.

Brendan Fogarty, VUSA Executive Director, expressed his gratitude for Lottering’s involvement, saying, “Grant’s unwavering determination and resilience to complete all 24 hours of the challenge imbued all of those present with the fortitude to achieve their own goals.”

The VUSA Cycle Challenge has consistently exceeded its fundraising goals year after year. Fogarty proudly declared, “In 2021, we raised R270,000, last year we raised R500,000, and this year our aim was to raise R700,000, but we reached over R1 million.”

This remarkable achievement is a testament to the passion and dedication of the Bishop’s community.

The event took place at Bishops’ Piley Rees field, where participants engaged in four-hour spinning sessions, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd, and concluding at 9 a.m. the following morning. Makabongwe Kahla, VUSA’s Programme Manager and one of the participants of the VUSA 24-hour cyclethon, emphasized how this event has become a highlight on the NGO’s calendar, showcasing the continued commitment of the Bishop’s community to the cause.

Tony Reeler, Principal of Bishops Diocesan College, highlighted the profound impact events like the VUSA Cycle Challenge have on the learners, reminding them about the importance of giving back.

“Each act of kindness sets in motion a powerful cycle of empowerment within our supportive Bishops community,” he stated, emphasizing the reciprocal benefits that enrich not only those reached by their efforts but also the Bishops pupils themselves.

Nic Allison, Head Boy of Bishops Diocesan School, summed up the sentiment of the Bishops community perfectly, stating, “The VUSA Cycle Challenge is a reminder that we, as the Bishops Diocesan School community, can make a difference in the lives of others through our actions. This event is a testament to our commitment to bringing positive change to those who need it most.”

In a world that often seems full of challenges and uncertainties, the Bishops Diocesan College community stands as a shining example of what is possible when people come together with determination and compassion. Their tireless efforts in support of the VUSA Rugby & Learning Academy in Langa remind us all that the spirit of giving knows no bounds and that together, we can create a brighter future for those in need.

Sources: Bishops Diocesan College | Spinathon 
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