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UP students cycle to help children in need


Posted on 04 June 2009

Front: Ds. Martin Slabbert.  Back from left: Dr Sanrie de Beer, Dries Beukes, (Tour Manager),  Heike Preussler, Marketer from Auto Pedigree and Johan Smit, CEO of the To Care Foundation
Front: Ds. Martin Slabbert. Back from left: Dr Sanrie de Beer, Dries Beukes, (Tour Manager), Heike Preussler, Marketer from Auto Pedigree and Johan Smit, CEO of the To Care Foundation

It is a dream of a group of 40 cyclist students of the University of Pretoria to make a difference in the lives of many underprivileged children. They will be participating in the annual Auto Pedigree Tour de Dream which will take place in Mpumalanga.
The tour has been taking place for 30 years. The launch of the tour took place on 3 June at the offices of Deloitte in Brooklyn.

The name, Tour de Dream, gives meaning to the cyclist’s dream to support underprivileged children and to assist them in protecting their basic rights of worthiness; to be able to attend school and to live a carefree life.

Funds were raised over a period of time and daily financial contributions are still made towards the project. This year’s tour received a generous sponsorship from Auto Pedigree. Auto Pedigree also supported the group with vehicles and clothing. The tour operates under the patronage of the Nederduits Hervormde Kerk Philadelphia.

The cyclists plan to raise funds in several towns in Mpumalanga where their services will include washing cars; carrying packets and pushing shopping trolleys.

Projects which will benefit from the funds are managed by the Ondersteuningsraad which is a registered, non-profitable organization. Projects for 2009 include school fees for foster children; school cases for underprivileged learners; fees for traumatized children attending a therapeutic camp as well as the support of care centres; the Jacaranda Children’s Home and Beeld Children’s Fund.

The cyclists leave Pretoria on 21 June where their route of 300 km will include Bronkhorstspruit, Witbank, Groblersdal, Middelburg, Ermelo, Barberton, Malelane, Nelspruit, Sabie and Lydenburg.

The tour manager, Dries Beukes is a final year Elektronic Engineering student and he may be contacted at 083 233 6313.

More information about the tour dates, children projects and fundraising is available at www.tourdedream.co.za.

Any sponsorships and donations are welcome and may be deposited into the following account: Nederduits Hervormde Kerk Philadelphia, ABSA (cheque), account number: 0540580065, branch code 632005, reference “Dream”.

To receive a tax certificate, fax proof of payment and your contact details to
086 503 2855.

To make a donation, SMS the word “Dream” to 42220.


 
At the launch of the Auto Pedigree Tour de Dream were in the front: Doret Müller (3rd year Theology student at UP) and Secretary; Pierre Britz (2nd year Theology student at UP) and Deputy Tour Manager.
Back: Dries Beukes, Tour Manager 2009 (final year Electronic Engineering Student at UP); Dr Charmaine Fourie from the Ondersteuningsraad; Heike Preussler, Marketer from Auto Pedigree and Elize Kerr, Head of Marketing and Fund Raising at the Jacaranda Children’s Home.


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