Scottburgh – The 2019 Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run Weekend on 20 and 21 July will channel it’s energy into the Cycling 4 Mobility charity that has done a huge amount in donating wheel chairs to needy recipients in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal since its inception in 2012.

The idea arose seven years ago when a group of riders decided that they were wanted to ride the joBerg2c for charity and they settled on riding to raise money for those that need wheelchairs and in their first joBerg2c they donated two wheel chairs to recipients identified at each of the ten overnight stops.

From there they have often purchased all-purpose chairs and distributed those to people in need, but in recent times they have decided that they need to purchase chairs for people with specific needs.

“We now try and single out people that need chairs for specific reasons,” said Flavio Scarpa, one of the founders of Cycling 4 Mobility and Scottburgh MTB Race Organiser.

“We found that just giving basic chairs didn’t really help as many people as we thought so the focus is far sharper now.”

Going into this year’s Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run Weekend, the races have also teamed up with the South African QuadPara Association of South Africa and will have member Jodie Kroone present to hand out the prizes as the prize giving.

Partnering with the organisation was a simple fit for Scarpa.

“It’s a great partnership for us because we can now get some insight into where and who is in need of specific wheel chairs from the QuadPara Association.

“Jodie is also such an outgoing person and she is definitely the sort of role model that we want to associate ourselves with,” added Scarpa.

Kroone became paralysed from the waist down following a car accident in October 2017 in Johannesburg and has returned to Durban to live with her parents in Hillcrest.

She became aware of Cycling 4 Mobility through her doctor, who rides in the C4M colours, and they struck up a relationship.

“After chatting to Dr Beth Macleod I really liked what they were doing and it seemed like a great fit for both of us.

“I went to the finish of this year’s KAP sani2c and saw them there, it was hugely motivating for me and I decided that I would go to Scottburgh and hand out the prizes,” Kroone said.

Kroone has been working for the Quad/Para Association since October last year and is heavily involved in helping people with disabilities develop a base of skills that they can rely on.

“I work in the work readiness programme where people come and learn basic skills like computer literacy as well as language skills.

“We try and give the people that come to us as much help as possible,” she added.

Funky Pants Scottburgh Trail Runs
Date:
Saturday 20 July
Start/Finish Venue: Scottburgh Main Beach
Distances:
08h00 Funky Pants 22km Trail Run 08:00
08h15 Funky Pants 12km Trail Run/Walk
08h30 Funky Pants 5km Family Trail Run/Walk
Registration :
Saturday 20 July 06h30 – 07h45 at Scottburgh Lifesaving Club clubhouse
Contact:
Billy Harker – 082 654 6542
Entries: ROAG https://www.roag.co.za/online-entries.aspx?EventID=2355

Sappi Scottburgh MTB Races
Date:
Sunday 21 July
Start/Finish Venue: Scottburgh Main Beach

Distances:
08h30 – 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race (Pre-entry – R160)
08h45 – The Wardkiss 28km Race (Pre-entry – R120)
09h00 – The Wardkiss 10km Family Fun Ride (Pre-entry – R50)

Registration: Sunday 21 July (06h30-08h30) at Scottburgh Lifesaving Club clubhouseContact: Flavio Scarpa – 084 330 6029
Entries: ROAG https://www.roag.co.za/online-entries.aspx?EventID=2355

More info:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243

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