Durban cyclists tackle a race to raise money for St Theresa’s Children’s Home

A GROUP of cyclists from around Durban have united to raise funds for St Theresa’s Children’s Home in Sydenham.

The team of 16 cyclists will ride from Johannesburg to Durban for seven days in what has been dubbed the Jozi2Sea Cycle Tour.

Barry Porter, who initiated the bike trip, said they would cover a distance of over 600km and had set themselves the goal of raising R120,000 for the house.

“St Theresa’s provides residential care for children up to the age of 18 who are orphans and vulnerable,” Porter explained. “At the start, it was a challenge that my son, my son-in-law and my daughter would take up.

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“When a few of my friends from the East Coast Cycling Club and the surrounding area heard about it, they decided to join us. It just escalated from there to the point where we had this group of 16 riders. We are just ordinary people hoping to make a difference in a house that has done so much for the community,” he said.

Durban North resident Linga Naidoo said the group initially aimed to raise R50,000 but quickly exceeded that target.

“The support from everyone who has donated has been monumental. We broke the 50,000 rand mark, then set it at 70,000 rand, which we also broke. We have now opted for R120,000, but we also hope to exceed this target. We would just like to thank our friends, sponsors and everyone who donated for this wonderful home. A bike tour of this magnitude would also not be possible without the support of our families,” he said.

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