Afrikalegburn 2016/17
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THE CONCEPT

To raise exposure, funds and books for Shine, I will endeavour to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town arriving in time for the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour on the 12 March 2017.

One week later I will be on the start line for the toughest mountain bike stage in the world, The ABSA Cape Epic which will kick off 8 days of gruelling riding on the 19 March 2017.

One week after completing the Cape Epic, I will line up for the IRONMAN SA Championships in Port Elizabeth on the 2 April 2017.

With the help of Shine and Book-Dash, I will aim to take some small children’s books with me and connect with some charity literacy initiatives along the way where I’ll do a country share and drop off the books I have and take some new ones onto to the next destination. I’d like to get people to donate as many books as possible for this initiative.

Yikes!

THE CHALLENGES

CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN

CHALLENGE 1

17 Nov 2016 – 07 Mar 2017

Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, SA
Solo, unsupported – 12 000km – 10 countries – 3.5mths

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CT CYCLE TOUR 2017

CHALLENGE 2

12 Mar 2017 (1 day)

CT Cycle Tour
Road Race – 109km – the largest timed cycle race in the world

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ABSA CAPE EPIC 2017

CHALLENGE 3

19 – 26 Mar (8 days)

Absa Cape Epic MTB
Stage Race – +-700km – the ‘Tour de France’ of mtb stage races

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IRONMAN SA 2017

CHALLENGE 4

02 Apr 2017 (1 day)

IRONMAN South Africa
3.9km swim, 180km cycle, 42km run

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THE CHARITY

South Africa’s literacy rates remain unacceptably low and too many children do not fulfil their academic potential at school. ‘At the end of Grade Four more than half of our students cannot read for meaning and interpretation and a third are completely illiterate in any language’. – Educationalist Nic Spaull, Politicsweb, 20 July 2015

I will be taking on these challenges to fund-raise and give as much exposure as possible to Shine, a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve literacy outcomes for young children from disadvantaged communities in South Africa. This is an organisation close to my heart and I currently volunteer for Shine at Zonnebloem Primary School in Cape Town.

I have kindly been given the blessing and backing of Shine Chairperson, Kathryn Torres.

HOW DOES SHINE LITERACY HELP SA?

Shine delivers training and programmes to schools, parents/caregivers and local communities that support children to become good readers and writers, whilst also growing their confidence, self-esteem and their appetite for learning.

These programmes are helping to transform the prospects of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable children, by breaking the destructive cycle of poor literacy, low educational attainment, wasted potential and poverty.

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Steven King