Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Donnalee Roberts, who play the character of Annalie in the TV series 7de Laan, was at the Mall and came to say hello. That must have been the highlight of the weekend if not of their life's for the residents of HBL
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Johann de Klerk testing out the Computrainer Saturday morning before we start
6am Sunday morning and we're ready to go
Set up at Mall entranceSandra, the manager at Highveld Mall and her Husband, Francois. Ready to ride. We had a mountain bike team doing the route a few times during the day. Sandra helped us a lot and we are so thankfull for that. Wouldn't be possible without her assistance.The "boys" ready for some fundraising.People donating Even Cyclists donating100km's done, still a long way to go.
More pictures little bit later.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
A crazy idea between some friends, to see how far we can cycle in 12 hours, saw the House Betsie Louw 12 hour Charity Ride being born.
It is taking place next Sunday, the 24th of October 2010.
We initially asked the question, if runners get 12 hours to run 89.9km during the Comrades Marathon, what would a cyclist be able to do on a bike in 12 hours. We then decided to give it a try and while we're at it, let's see if a charity organization can benefit from it.
House Betsie Louw was chosen and below is more about the house, which is situated in my hometown Witbank.
WHAT IS HUIS BETSIE LOUW :
A private, non-profit welfare organisation with its own constitution and bank account that is controlled by a voluntary Management committee which meets twice a month and is elected every two years.
The house is under the control of the Matron, Chairman, House Committee, Care Giver and Assistant Care Giver.
AIM OF ORGANISATION:
The aim is to provide boarding to physical and mentally handicapped persons. The Management attempt to create a homely atmosphere by allocating different household duties to the residents, like cleaning their own rooms and washing the dishes. The boys can help in the garden and cut the lawn to promote a feeling of pride in their home.
Huis Betsie Louw was officially opened on the 25 November 1987 with 5 handicapped occupants in a rented house with a Matron and an Assistant. With the increase in rentals and the lack of housing for the handicapped in the community, the committee decided to purchase their own home. The acquisition of a derelict house in Jackaroo Park was achieved in May 2001.
After different fundraising projects the mortgage was paid and after very hard work and perseverance House Betsie Louw exists today with 13 bedrooms, 4 showers, 6 toilets, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining-room, kitchen and pantry, laundry and an apartment plus a double garage. At the moment a total of 28 persons of whom 25 are handicapped, 2 Care Givers and a Matron are being housed.
The day will start at 6am on Sunday 24 October at the Highveld Mall shopping centre. The route take us through some neighbourhoods before we hit the Freeway and then arrive back at the Mall, a 10.2 kilometer loop in total.
We will then aim to see how many laps we can do until 6pm that night.
We struggled to get approval from the National Road agency to use a 3km stretch of the National Freeway but eventually they approved with the condition that a maximum of ten cyclist are allowed on the Freeway, making the fundraising a little bit more demanding.
Our aim is to raise R12000($1600) for the event, 12 Hours = R12k.
A big thank you to Marco from CycleTech bike shop, my LBS. He donated a Mountain Bike, which will be raffled on the day.
Sandra, manager at the Highveld Mall, also helped a lot and helped us getting spot prizes from all the local shops in the Mall which we will hand out during the day to people who donate.
The local running club( Coaldust) also helped us with Banners and a Timing Clock and Cones to place on the Freeway (another condition to be able to use the Freeway)
My blog is not a charity blog but if you feel you can spare some loose cents, I'll appreciate it so much. The residents from House Betsie will appreciate it even more.
Let's be thankful for being able to swim, BIKE and run and think about those that can't do it due to their Mental or Physical condition.
Please Click on the "Donate" button right at the top of the blog to donate or you can do a bank transfer into House Betsie's account with reference "Charity Ride".
The banking details:
Branch Code: 146805
Account Nr: 1468036963
House Betsie is a registered welfare organization and their registration number is: 025-134-NPO . For those who donate and need a Receipt to claim back the tax, just let me know and House Betsie will provide you with a receipt.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This guy is selling brooms and truck tyres converted into children swings on top of a bridge at an intersection leading to the Freeway.
Another restaurantAn open air restaurant with a take out facility.The local Barber shop.
Some other random news is we've got new neighbours. Little bit shy but I'll think we will get on pretty well. DJ is just scared that they will steal Dolly but I said to her I don't think they are capable of doing it although they keep a close eye on Dolly at night when she goes outside for a pee.
Don't think they have any children.
Tuesday's training was short but hard. I did a power interval bike session in the morning with 10x2 minute intervals all out and a fartlek running session in the afternoon, doing 30 seconds intervals.
Monday was a gym and swim session with 15x100 sprints as the main set. Just didn't have the speed and energy after Sunday's session but could still manage to finish the session.
Also took my bike to Cervelo. Amazing service from these guys. I did sent them an email last week complaining that the seat post on the new bike is also slipping just like the old one.
They did say that the 2011 models have an improved seat post clamp on the P4's. Monday they sent me an email to ask when can I bring my bike, as they managed to get one of the 2011 clamps and want to fit it to my bike. Thank you Cervelo