It’s Pro Deo time again

THE 17th annual Pro Deo Cycle Tour is finally here and cyclists from all over the country are getting ready to race for a good cause once more for the gruelling over 800km, five-day paddle.

This year they will do it again from September 11 to September 16.

The Pro Deo Care Group is a voluntary, non-profit charity organisation rendering various services to the aged, disabled and cancer sufferers on the South Coast. Their services include amongst others:

• Wellness clinics to the aged and disabled;

• Home-based care for the frail and cancer sufferers working closely with hospice;

• Social home visits and home cleaning services;

• Supplying of adult nappies and supportive equipment like wheelchairs and walking aids; and

• Weekly support at cancer clinics.

According to the chairperson Eloïse van Niekerk, fundraising to sustain and grow their services remains a challenge.

“We are grateful to the very committed group of cyclists who have cycled for us from Johannesburg to Margate over the past 17 years to raise funds for specifically our home-based care for cancer sufferers,” said Van Niekerk.

She said last year these Pro Deo heroes raised over R300 000. However, added that R300 000 was only a drop in the bucket with the ever-increasing need of the aged and cancer sufferers in these tough economic circumstances. The cost of home-based care last year was close to R900 000.

“We are going big this year in joining hands with San Lameer, Margate Round Table, Giants and BMW to host a family fun day on September 16 at the lovely San Lameer golf estate, with golf, a fun run and a mountain bike fun ride while waiting for our cyclists to return home,” said Van Niekerk.

A warm-up spinathon will be held on Spring Day, September 1 in Southbroom to wet the appetite for the fun events on the return of our cyclists.

Fantastic prizes can be won. Join in and support a worthy cause while having fun with live music and a finger lunch. The following people can be contacted for further information:

Bennie Kruger (Cycle tour and Spinathon) on 083 412 0847,

Henk Nortje (Golf day) on 082 785 5512 or Meyer du Toit on 039 313 5141, Jolanda Cloete (Fun run and mountain bike trail open day) on 039 313 0111 and Henda Olivier on 082 777 6502 or Eloïse van Niekerk on 082 822 6661 for Pro Deo.