What was a challenging 2000km cycle challenge for nine riders, ended not only with a good cause close to heart but an inspiring afternoon with the next generation in Fish Hoek.
Fish Hoek, South Africa (12 September 2023) – 9 riders, 12 days, 2087km – It was all smiles on Friday 8 September, when Fish Hoek High School welcomed the team from the Thomson Smillie Foundation, who cycled over 2000 kms for the past 12 days to raise funds for the school.
The cyclists departed on 28 August from Pont Drift, on the border of Botswana, to Cape Town, covering an average of 180 km a day, facing strong headwinds en route but otherwise experiencing a safe journey.
This cycle challenge aimed to raise awareness of the Foundation and support its education programme.
Since 1994, South Africa has made great strides in realising the right to education. Still, despite some progress in this area, poverty and inequality remain harsh determinants, preventing many children from accessing the quality basic education they need.
The Thomson Smillie Foundation recognises the universal human right to education. The foundation has various programmes that assist disadvantaged children by allowing them access to education. These programmes range from bursaries to providing transportation for children from their homes to the education facility.
“We are tremendously honoured that the Thomson Smillie Foundation has partnered with our school to raise funds for bursaries to assist three learners to complete Grades 8 – 12. In addition, the Foundation also sponsored Jordan September, one of our matriculants and an aspiring cyclist, to attend the African Champs earlier this year, where he achieved three gold medals and one silver,” said Fish Hoek High School Principal Steven Joubert.
Arriving at Fish Hoek High School, the team received a hero’s welcome with cheer and song and was recognised with medals and appreciated for their efforts.
Peter Thomson, from the Foundation, delivered an inspirational address encouraging learners to build a better South Africa together. Red wristbands were handed out to learners to serve as a reminder to make a difference.
Fish Hoek High School and the Thomson Smillie Foundation appreciate the sponsors and supporters that enabled this cycling fundraiser in support of secondary school education.
“We strive to provide an inclusive and dynamic learning environment where learners are inspired to reach their full potential to make a difference. Our vision is based on four core values of Respect, Responsibility, Service and Truth.” – Fish Hoek High School.