Hook up with a former Bok, hit the dirt on your mountain bike, and change the life of a seriously injured rugby player – one pedal stroke at a time!
The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a charity that supports rugby players who have sustained catastrophic head, neck or spinal cord injuries announced that they will be hosting the inaugural ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ mountain bike experience in Caledon in the Western Cape from 8 to 10 October 2017.
This unique event will see a number of SA’s most recognisable rugby legends hitting the trails in an effort to raise funds for Rugby’s Caring Hands. Confirmed participants include Players’ Fund Chairman and Founder Morné du Plessis, as well as John Smit, Tiaan Strauss, Hanyani Shimange, Wayne Fyvie, Stefan Terblanche, Andre Vos, Marius Joubert, Marius Hurter and Corné Krige.
Each team of 3 entrants gets a rugby legend allocated to them for the event.
The format of the two stage ride promises to build camaraderie and see teams crossing the finish line together with memorable stories to be shared in the pub at the end of the day.
Included in your entry:
- An expertly planned two-day riding experience
- Access to exclusive mountain bike trails opened up just for this event
- The company of 25 Springbok rugby legends (one former player to be allocated to each team)
- Business networking opportunities
- Two nights of shared accommodation at Tsogo Sun’s, the Caledon Hotel and Spa
- Cuisine for the entire experience (with sponsored drinks at hosted evening events)
- Professional bike services managed by Chris Willemse Cycles
- Casino vouchers
Funds raised through ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ will be used to assist seriously injured rugby players who need support as they adjust to living life with a disability. This includes mobility equipment, renovations to homes, as well as psychological and emotional support for both the players and their families. In order to keep the cause standing strong for another 37 years, funds need to be raised annually.
“The rationale behind ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ is to create something unique, a memorable experience with a purpose,” explains du Plessis
In total, only 25 teams will be participating over the two days. Teams will cover over 100km’s of magnificent Overberg terrain opened up especially for this event. An even balance between single and jeep tracks will ensure that the weekend warriors as well as the more technically savvy will feel a sense of accomplishment when they cross the line with their team at the end of the day!
Entries for the experience cost R30 000 per team.